Ryan Arneson

Instrument Scientist

Phone: (650) 604-1186
Fax: (650) 604-1984

Mailing Address:
SOFIA Science Center
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop N232-12
P.O. Box 1
Moffett Field, CA 94035

SOFIA focus areas/responsibilities:

Responsible for ensuring the smooth transfer of SOFIA raw and pipeline processed data from SOFIA Mission Operations archive to the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) which includes: 1) Reformatting and reprocessing data when necessary, 2) performing verification and validation tasks, and 3) processing and assessing the quality of the data obtained by facility science instruments.

Research interests:

Astromineralogy, stellar evolution, gravitational lensing


Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Minnesota, 2017 (Ph.D. advisor Dr. Robert Gehrz)
M.S. Physics and Astronomy, University of California at Irvine, 2013
B.S. Physics, University of Utah, 2011

Professional Experience:

2018 - present: Visiting Scientist, SOFIA Science Center
2014 - 2017: Graduate Researcher, University of Minnesota
2014: Adjunct Professor, Santiago Canyon College & Santa Ana College

Highlight publications:

“SOFIA/FORCAST Observations of the Luminous Blue Variable Candidates MN 90 and HD 168625”, Arneson et al., 2018, ApJ, 864, 31

A SOFIA FORCAST Grism Study of the Mineralogy of Dust in the Winds of Proto-planetary Nebulae: RV Tauri Stars and SRd Variables”, Arneson et al., 2017, ApJ, 843, 51