Essam Heggy

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Essam Heggy

CONSERT Instrument Co-I, U.S.

Dr. Essam Heggy is a Research Scientist in the Radar Science Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Visiting Associate in Geology at the California Institute of Technology. Heggy obtained his Ph.D. in astronomy in 2002 with distinguished honors from the Paris VI University in France.

His main science interests, planetary geophysics, covers Mars, the Moon, icy satellites and Near Earth Objects. His research at JPL involves probing structural, hydrological and volcanic elements in terrestrial and planetary environments using different types of radar imaging and sounding techniques as well as measuring the electromagnetic properties of different ices and rocks in the radar frequency range.

He is currently a member of the science team of the MARSIS instrument aboard the Mars Express orbiter, the Mini-SAR experiment aboard Chandrayaan-1, the Mini-RF experiment on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the CONSERT radar experiment on board the Rosetta mission. He is also a contributing scientist to several proposed planetary and terrestrial radar imaging and soundings experiments and participated in several NASA radar mission concept design at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.