I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in physics with a minor in astronomy. I then went back home, to Mexico City, for graduate school at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). There, I obtained a Masters in Science (astronomy) in 2009 and my PhD also in Science (astronomy) in 2012. My thesis was “Determining the chemical abundances of Galactic and extragalactic H II regions, considering the thermal structure, the ionization structure, and the correction due to depletion of oxygen into dust”. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. During that time, I worked on determining the chemical composition of Starburst galaxies through the traditional way (focusing particularly on Carbon), and verified the abundances through a Bayesian study. Now, I work as a Mission Systems Scientist at STScI in the Near-Infrared Spectrograph team of the James Webb Space Telescope.
If you would like a more detailed description of my professional development please visit my LinkedIn profile at: LinkedIn/maria.penaguerrero.
I am honored to be part of the 1 million women in STEM campaign. You can find my profile here: 1 million women in STEM/maria. Please browse through and see all the kick ass women that are part of this awesome project.
And here is a promo video of the International Year of astronomy 2009, in which I did the voice of the little boy… enjoy! IYA2009Nova