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Amy Jurewicz

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Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Assistant Research Professor (FSC)

Relevant Research

  • Genesis (collecting solar wind to model the formation of the solar system):

      Dr. Amy Jurewicz has been working on Genesis since 1998 (Phase C/D) as JPL’s Project Scientist for Genesis. In that role, she worked closely with the PI and the science team on collector development, including physical and chemical testing (eg., thermal stability,  pre-flight cleaning, diffusion studies). Dr. Jurewicz personally fabricated approximately 25% of the solar-wind collectors. She also developed a novel 13C sputtering target which enabled Sandia to coat the CVD-diamond concentrator target with conductive 13C diamond-like carbon for flight. While at JPL post-launch, she worked closely with both JSC and the mission PI to archive Genesis materials and prepare for the sample return. To further this role, she was a Visitor in Geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, the PI’s home institution.

      Now, employed by ASU and visiting Dartmouth College as an Adjunct Professor (lab of M. Sharma), Dr. Jurewicz is still actively supporting Genesis researchers and goals. Her support work includes: (a) studying the effects of cleaning techniques on Genesis (radiation damaged) samples; (b) making analytical standards; (c) collaborating with Genesis researchers and JSC’s Genesis curation on materials issues and specialty allocations (d) supplying materials for Genesis outreach. Her current research focus is quantifying solar wind Mg isotopes using SIMS analysis of Genesis DoS collectors.

  • Engineering (Government and Private):

      Amy was an NRC Fellow in ceramic engineering at the USAF’s material laboratory. She has also worked as a Manufacturing Engineer making specialty tungsten-carbide/diamond cutting tools at US Synthetic Corporation, and spent time as a Research Scientist at Owens Corning’s corporate R&D.

  • Academics / pre-NASA Mission Research Interests:

      Dr. Jurewicz has performed academic research on both the origins of meteorites and terrestrial igneous rocks. While at JSC (1990-1995) she melted various chondritic meteorites under controlled near-one-atmosphere conditions, producing and analyzing partial melts which looked vary much like known achondritic meteorites. Her graduate work focused on diffusion in olivine crystals under igneous conditions, which she simulated experimentally.

  • Other NASA Missions:

      Amy Jurewicz has also had key roles on the Stardust Discovery mission (Aerogel Team, Phase C/D) and both SCIM Scout mission proposal teams (JPL Project Scientist for SCIM, 2003; Co-I, 2003 & 2006). Side projects included: fabricating aerogel insulation for the MER (2001–2002) under the auspices of Steve Jones; making calibration filters for Galex (2000–2001) in the JPL Microdevices Laboratory; and resolving a development problem for the Plasma Motor Generator (1993) while working at JSC.


Ph.D., Geology [experimental geochemistry], R.P.I.* (1986) Troy, NY. Advisor: E. Bruce Watson.

(March 1981 ‐ August 1981) Geophysics Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

M.S., Geology [structural], R.P.I.  (1981) Troy, NY. Advisors: M. Brian Bayly and E. Bruce Watson. B.A., Geology, Occidental College (1978) Los Angeles, CA.

State University of New York at Albany (Fall  1983, Fall 1978) and at the California Institute of Technology (1977 ‐ 1978)

* R.P.I. is the abbreviation for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Activity: 
  • Jurewicz,Amy Jo Goldmintz*. Elemental Analysis of Solar Wind and Technical Enabling of Genesis Objectives. CA INST OF TECHNOLOGY(3/10/2014 - 3/9/2017).
  • Jurewicz,Amy Jo Goldmintz*. Stardust Aerogel Properties. NASA-JOHNSON SPACE CTR(4/23/2009 - 4/22/2010).
  • Jurewicz,Amy Jo Goldmintz*. Genesis Samples: Elemental Analysis and Technical Enabling. CA INST OF TECHNOLOGY(12/1/2008 - 12/31/2014).
  • Jurewicz,Amy Jo Goldmintz*. Genesis Archive, Science and Science Team Support. JPL(9/18/2008 - 6/27/2010).
  • Jurewicz,Amy Jo Goldmintz*. Solar Wind Analyses of Genesis Collector Materials and Effects of Terrestrial Handling. NASA-JOHNSON SPACE CTR(7/19/2005 - 9/30/2009).
  • Jurewicz,Amy Jo Goldmintz*. Genesis Discovery Mission Curatorial Analysis and Support. NASA-JOHNSON SPACE CTR(2/1/2005 - 1/31/2006).