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FOCUS SPEAKER:
Patricia Beauchamp

About Patricia Beauchamp

Program Technical Manager, Strategic Missions and Advanced Concepts Office, Solar System Exploration Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Beauchamp joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California in 1992 and is currently developing future Outer Planet Missions. She is also a Co-I and theme lead on a NASA Astrobiology Institute award entitled "Titan as a Prebiotic Chemical System". For a large portion of her career at JPL she has been developing planetary science instruments, most recently as Manager of the Planetary Instrument Development office (to 2009). Pat was the Project Manager for the Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer, which flew on the New Millennium DS1 mission. Earlier, she held several technical and management positions in the Observational Instruments Division. In addition to developing and flying instruments, she spent five years leading the Center for In-Situ Exploration and Sample Return (CISSR) which enabled JPL to transition technically into the era of planetary in-situ exploration. This encompassed identifying and implementing all aspects of technologies, processes and institutional infra-structure.

Prior to joining JPL, Dr. Beauchamp was manager of the Material Science Department at Aerojet Electro- Systems Divisio. She obtained her Ph.D in Chemistry in 1981, followed by post-doctoral research in Chemical Engineering, both at Caltech. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Mathematics with honors. She has received a number of student and professional awards, and is the author or co-author of over forty scientific publications, a patent, and numerous government technical reports.