Moogega Cooper

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 interests include sample return missions from Mars, and developing sterilization capabilities for future mission use.
Find out more about Dr. Cooper.
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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." 

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Upcoming Events

  • "A Celebration of Black Excellence Today"
    Online Event
    Mar 04, 4:30 PM PST
    Online Event
    Prairie View A&M University Presents "A Celebration of Black Excellence Today" with Dr. Moogega as a panelist.
  • 3rd Annual Young Women's Career Conference (YWCC)
    Online Event
    Mar 05, 10:30 AM PST
    Online Event
    3rd Annual Young Women's Career Conference (YWCC) for the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA)
  • Mars 2020 and the Importance of Planetary Protection
    Mar 23, 5:00 PM
    Discover how we protect Mars from Earth. This Exploring Space lecture will be presented live on YouTube.

Dr. Moogega Cooper

Planetary Protection Engineer



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