Planetary Protection Engineer
Dr. Moogega Cooper received her B.A. in Physics from Hampton University in 2006. She then enrolled in Drexel University where she received her Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in thermal fluid sciences. Her dissertation studies involved non-equilibrium plasma sterilization of spacecraft materials. Dr. Cooper now works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Planetary Protection Group.
Dr. Cooper's current projects include the Mars 2020 Mission where she is the Lead of Planetary Protection, and developing sterilization capabilities for future mission use.
Sharing the Magic of Science
Dr. Cooper is dedicated to sharing her joy of science to children and adults around the world. She is extremely involved in various scientific outreach initiatives - mostly with K-12 students, but she also participates in sharing knowledge through shows like "Because Space," "How the Universe Works," and "Bill Nye Saves the World."