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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Sami Asmar

  • Expected Ph.D. (2004) Geophysics & Space Physics, UCLA
  • M.S., Geophysics & Space Physics, 1999, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S., Physics, 1996, California State Univ., Northridge
  • A.B., Physics, 1985, Occidental College, Los Angeles - Engineering courses at Caltech

Research Interests
  • Planetary interior modeling, topography, and gravity analysis
  • Ionospheric detection and structure
  • Coronal Faraday rotation measurement
  • Radio Science instrument development

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- 1985-Present
    • 1992–present: Supervisor, Radio Science Systems Group
    • 1991–present: Lead Scientist for Radio Science, Deep Space Network Science Office
    • 2000-present: Radio Science Experiment Representative for Mars Global Surveyor
    • 1997-present: Task Lead for Cassini Radio Science Experiments
    • 2003-present: Mars Express Radio Science Investigation Scientist
    • 1996-1997: Mars Pathfinder Landing and Rover communications specialist
    • 1991–1995: Coordinating Scientist, Ulysses Radio Science Experiments
    • 1985–1991: Multi-mission Radio Science Instrument Engineer & Data Analyst
    • 1985: HEMT Test Engineer

Selected Awards
  • JPL Level B Award for Cassini Radio Science Accomplishments at Ka-Band, 2003
  • European Space Agency: Outstanding Contribution to the Huygens Probe, 1999
  • JPL Award For Excellence for Exceptional Technical Achievement, 1998
  • Thomas Paine Memorial Team Award for Advanced Human Exploration of Mars, ‘98
  • JPL NOVA Award, Communications System and Research Section, 1997.
  • Sojourner Award Certificate, 1998.
  • Two European Space Agency Valuable Contribution Awards, 1992.
  • Visiting Investigator Grant by Japanese Government, 1993.
  • Thirty NASA Group Achievement Awards, 1990-2001.
Affiliations (some expired)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, AAS Division of Planetaty Sciences
  • Correspondent, International Union of Radio Science, URSI
  • COSPAR: Committee on Space Research
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers

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