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Donald K. Yeomans
Near-Earth Objects

Education
  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, Astronomy
  • M. Sc. University of Maryland, Astronomy
  • B.A. Middlebury College

Research Interests
  • Motions and characterization of comets and asteroids
  • Near-Earth objects
  • Solar System Dynamics
  • Ephemeris development
  • History of astronomy

Professional Experience
Professional Experience – Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1976 - )
  • Manager, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office (1998 - )
  • Supervisor, Solar system Dynamics Group (343R, 1992 - )
  • JPL Fellow (2010 - )
  • JPL Senior Research Scientist (1994 - )
  • Detection co-lead for NASA report to Congress; Near-Earth Object Survey and Deflection Study (2006).
  • Provided oral testimony on next generation search for near-Earth objects to U.S. House of Rep. Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Nov. 8, 2007).
  • Chair and Vice Chair, AAS Division of Planetary Sciences (1996 – 1999)
  • Chair and Vice Chair, AAS History of Astronomy Division (2003 – 2006)
  • Member, JPL Senior Research Scientist Promotion Advisory Board (2006- )
  • Chair, JPL Division 31 Principal Promotion Advisory Board (2004)
  • Member, JPL Division 31 Principal Promotion Advisory Board (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Chair, Division of Dynamical Astronomy, Brouwer Award Committee (2005)
  • Chair, NASA Near-Earth Objects Review Panel (1999-2000, 2003-2004)
  • Chair, NASA Planetary Astronomy Review Panel (1994-95)
  • U.S. delegate for Interagency Consultative Group (NASA, 1998)
  • Discipline Specialist for Astrometry, International Halley Watch, (1982 - 1989)


Flight Project Experience
  • U.S. Project Scientist, Japanese Hayabusa mission to asteroid Itokawa (1998 - 2012 )
  • Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Radio Science Team Leader (1994 – 2001)
  • Co-I, Deep Impact and EPOXI projects (1999 - )
  • Co-I, CONTOUR (1997 – 2002)
  • Radio Science Team Leader, Comet Rendezvous-Asteroid Flyby mission (1986 – 1992)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal (2009)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1986)
  • 16 NASA Group Achievement Awards (1986 - 2009)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Maryland (2005)
  • Middlebury College Alumni Achievement Award (Oct., 1987)
  • Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum Aerospace Trophy For Current Achievement (2001). (To NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid mission team).
  • Space Act Award for “Horizons On-Line Ephemeris and Data System.” (1998).
  • Asteroid 2956 Yeomans, (1986).
  • William H. Pickering Lecturer, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, August 2005.
  • Cited in American Men and Women of Science, Dictionary of International Biography, and Who's Who in America.
  • 17 NASA Group Achievement awards



Publications

More than 170 research papers and 4 books



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