Veronica T Pinnick

Veronica T Pinnick

  • AST, FLIGHT SYSTEMS TEST
  • 301.614.6646
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • GREENBELT , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Veronica T. Pinnick is a research associate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Pinnick holds a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Center for Reseach and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST).  Her background is instrumentation development specializing in mass spectrometers and vacuum systems.  Dr. Pinnick is involved in a number of research and development projects in Goddard's Plantary Environments Lab (Code 699).  One project involves the development of a miniaturized ion trap mass spectrometer for the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer aboard the ExoMars rover set to launch in 2018.  A second project involves verification of command scripts on the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) testbed located at GSFC.  Her current research interests include development of instrumentation and methodology to sample non-volatile organics in ambient planetary environments.

    Education

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2009-2010
    Project: Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA)
    Advisor: Dr. Robert J. Cotter

     Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2009
    Dissertation: Nano-Domain Analysis via Massive Cluster Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
    in the Event-by-Event Mode
    Advisor: Dr. E.A. Schweikert

    B.A. Chemistry, with honors, Minot State University, Minot, ND, 2004
    Thesis: Minimization of Microadsorption in X-ray Diffraction of Coal-Combustion By-Products
    Advisor: Dr. R.S. Winburn

    Publications

    Refereed

    Arevalo Jr., R., W. B. Brinckerhoff, F. Van Amerom, et al. R. M. Danell, V. T. Pinnick, X. Li, S. A. Getty, L. M. Hovmand, A. Grubisic, P. R. Mahaffy, F. Goesmann, and H. Steininger. 2015. "Design and Demonstration of the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) on the ExoMars 2018 Rover." IEEE Aerospace,

    Brinckerhoff, W. B., V. T. Pinnick, F. H. van Amerom, et al. R. M. Danell, R. Arevalo Jr., M. S. Atanassova, X. Li, P. R. Mahaffy, R. J. Cotter, F. Goesmann, and H. Steininger. 2013. "Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) Mass Spectrometer for ExoMars 2018 and Beyond." IEEE Aerospace,

    Bishop, J., H. B. Franz, W. Goetz, et al. D. Blake, C. Freissinet, H. Steininger, F. Goesmann, W. B. Brinckerhoff, S. A. Getty, V. T. Pinnick, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2012. "Coordinated analyses of Antarctic sediments as Mars analog materials using reflectance spectroscopy and current flight-like instruments for CheMin, SAM and MOMA." Icarus, 224 (2): 309-325 [10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.014]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

     Development of a Low Power Dual Ion Source Mass Spectrometer for In-Situ Detection of Organics in Martian Soil 6 / 2012
     
     Next generation of in situ chemical analysis of Titan aerosols via laser desorption mass spectrometry 6 / 2012
     
     Development of a Low Power Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer for In-Situ Detection of Organics in Martian Soil 5 / 2011
     
     Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer: Detecting Organics in Extra-Terrestrial Soil via Low Power Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry 5 / 2010
     

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Veronica T. Pinnick is a research associate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Pinnick holds a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Center for Reseach and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST).  Her background is instrumentation development specializing in mass spectrometers and vacuum systems.  Dr. Pinnick is involved in a number of research and development projects in Goddard's Plantary Environments Lab (Code 699).  One project involves the development of a miniaturized ion trap mass spectrometer for the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer aboard the ExoMars rover set to launch in 2018.  A second project involves verification of command scripts on the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) testbed located at GSFC.  Her current research interests include development of instrumentation and methodology to sample non-volatile organics in ambient planetary environments.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Arevalo Jr., R., W. B. Brinckerhoff, F. Van Amerom, et al. R. M. Danell, V. T. Pinnick, X. Li, S. A. Getty, L. M. Hovmand, A. Grubisic, P. R. Mahaffy, F. Goesmann, and H. Steininger. 2015. "Design and Demonstration of the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) on the ExoMars 2018 Rover." IEEE Aerospace

    Brinckerhoff, W. B., V. T. Pinnick, F. H. van Amerom, et al. R. M. Danell, R. Arevalo Jr., M. S. Atanassova, X. Li, P. R. Mahaffy, R. J. Cotter, F. Goesmann, and H. Steininger. 2013. "Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) Mass Spectrometer for ExoMars 2018 and Beyond." IEEE Aerospace

    Bishop, J., H. B. Franz, W. Goetz, et al. D. Blake, C. Freissinet, H. Steininger, F. Goesmann, W. B. Brinckerhoff, S. A. Getty, V. T. Pinnick, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2012. "Coordinated analyses of Antarctic sediments as Mars analog materials using reflectance spectroscopy and current flight-like instruments for CheMin, SAM and MOMA." Icarus 224 (2): 309-325 [10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.014]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
    NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration