Dr. Oleg Abramov is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute (PSI), where he leads several research teams.
His projects include computer modeling of comets and asteroids impacting planetary surfaces and the resulting environmental effects, assessment of resources on Mars that may be used to support human settlement, and instrument development for Europa Clipper, an upcoming robotic spacecraft mission to study the environment of Europa, an icy satellite of Jupiter that has a subsurface ocean.
Prior to joining PSI, Dr. Abramov worked at the Astrogeology branch of the United States Geological Survey, where he led development of image processing software for the OSIRIS-REx mission to Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid, and modeling of hydrothermal activity on Mars. In 2013, he served as a crewmember on HI-SEAS, a NASA-funded simulated Mars mission.
Dr. Abramov is also an FAA-licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.