Arya Udry

Associate Professor of Geoscience
Expertise: Planetary Igneous Petrology, Martian Geology, Planetary Science, Meteorites

Biography

Geoscience professor Arya Udry is an expert on planetary igneous petrology, including Martian petrology.

Udry's research aims to better understand the general evolution of Mars through meteorite and rover data analyses. Under the support of UNLV and NASA, she has studied rocks measured at the Martian surface by rovers. Udry's research also expands to the asteroid belt, with investigation of enstatite-rich meteorites that are comparative to those found on the planet Mercury.

Education

  • Ph.D.. University of Tennessee
  • M.S., University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • B.S., University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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Arya Udry In The News

Aerospace America
July 29, 2020
NASA’s next Mars rover, which is scheduled to begin its journey to the red planet tomorrow, will be about the size of a sport utility vehicle, an analog that’s fitting because NASA wants it to do even more than the current rover, Curiosity.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 27, 2020
If the Mars Perseverance Rover was lifting off from Cape Canaveral at almost any other time, UNLV Professor Elisabeth “Libby” Hausrath would have had a front-row seat.
Rocket STEM
July 11, 2020
Despite the pandemic, NASA is on track to launch its Mars rover, Perseverance, this July from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its central mission will be to search for evidence of previous life on Mars.
The Conversation
June 16, 2020
Despite the pandemic, NASA is on track to launch its Mars rover, Perseverance, this July from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its central mission will be to search for evidence of previous life on Mars.

Articles Featuring Arya Udry

A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus NewsAugust 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
Two women stand in front of an image of a Martian rover
ResearchMay 19, 2020
Pair of geoscience professors at the forefront of UNLV’s contributions to Mars exploration, but plenty more academics are involved in the Red Planet.
unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
ResearchDecember 26, 2019
A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.