Priscilla Mohammed, Assistant Research Scientist

Priscilla Mohammed


NASA Goddard
Bldg 19, Trailer
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-286-2309


Dr. Priscilla N. Mohammed received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2005) and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering (2001) both from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, and a BS in Electrical Engineering (1999) from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL. As a Ph.D. student, Priscilla performed microwave measurements of gaseous phosphine and ammonia under simulated conditions for the outer planets and used these measurements to develop a radio occultation simulator to predict absorption and excess Doppler due to Saturn's atmosphere. Much of this work was in support of the Cassini mission to Saturn. Based on these laboratory results, the Cassini Project Science Group made the decision to extend the Ka-band (32 GHz) operation throughout the mission tour. The predicted attenuation profiles for the Cassini radio occultation maneuver of May 2005, earned her an invitation by the Cassini Radio Science Team to present a paper on their behalf at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences in Cambridge, England. She joined GEST/UMBC in 2006 and conducted research and published in the field of radio frequency interference mitigation in microwave radiometers. In May 2011, she joined Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) as Research Associate. She is currently a member of the algorithm development team for the Level 1B_TB science algorithm for the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active and Passive) mission which encompasses space flight application of her research.