Rosemary Diaz

B.S., Physics, 2000

Rosemary Diaz

Rosemary Diaz works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, where she is leading a team of engineers to design and deliver an instrument that accurately measures distances for use in space applications. She joined JPL as a summer student hire in the optics section and worked part-time throughout graduate school. For the past decade, she has worked on various projects, including the Space Interferometry Mission, the Terrestrial Planet Finder, research and technology development, and most recently, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.
 
Diaz currently works on optical testbeds, which are experimental optical layouts that are used to help design and develop new technologies for applications that will one day be used in space exploration. She also writes software for data acquisition and analysis, runs computer simulations of sensors that are used to measure relative positions of optics, and designs mechanical hardware that is used to hold custom optical assemblies.

Diaz credits her CSUDH faculty mentors for exposing her to all of the exciting career opportunities available in the fields of science and engineering. While at CSUDH, she had the opportunity to be a student research assistant, and participated in the international Super-Kamiokande neutrino physics study.  As an undergraduate, she traveled to the Kamioka Observatory Institute for Cosmic Ray Research in Hida, Japan, where she had access to a professional scientific experience.

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