Mahta Moghaddam received the B.S. degree (with highest distinction) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1986 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1989 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical and computer engineering. From 1991 to 2003, she was with the Radar Science and Engineering Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, before joining the Radiation Laboratory in the EECS department at Michigan. Dr. Moghaddam joined the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering in January 2012.
Dr. Moghaddam has introduced innovative approaches and algorithms for quantitative interpretation of multichannel radar imagery based on analytical inverse scattering techniques applied to complex and random media. She has also developed quantitative approaches for multisensor data fusion by combining radar and optical remote sensing data for nonlinear estimation of vegetation and surface parameters. She has led the development of new radar instrument and measurement technologies for subsurface and subcanopy characterization. She has been a a Systems Engineer for the Cassini Radar and the Science Chair of the JPL Team X (Advanced Mission Studies Team).
Dr. Moghaddam's research group is engaged in a number of research projects related to applied electromagnetics and wave physics, including the development of advanced radar systems for subsurface characterization, radar inversion and classification techniques for large-scale environmental applications, mixed-mode high resolution medical imaging and therapy techniques, and smart sensor webs for remote sensing data collection and validation. She has been the Principal and Coinvestigator on numerous research projects, and has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of URSI Commission B. Dr. Moghaddam is the PI for the Earth Ventures-1 Mission AirMOSS.
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