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mOOGEGA

SCIENTIST | TRIATHLETE | GLOBETROTTER

EXPERIENCE
2011-Present

Planetary Protection Engineer

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

Pasadena, California

  • Planetary Protection Lead, Mars 2020 Mission (12/2016-Present)

  • Planetary Protection Engineer, 2020 Mission (8/2013-Present)

  • Planetary Protection Engineer, InSight Mission (2/2014-Present)

  • Engineer, Mars Science Laboratory Mission (11/2012 - 8/2013)

2010-2011

Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

Pasadena, California

  • Development of a model community of spore and non-spore-forming bacterial, anaerobic archaeal, and fungal strains representing the microbial life able to survive in clean rooms.

  • Evaluate efficient recovery methods of biomolecules from metal surfaces through the development and validation of a standard operating procedure.     

  • Assess archaeal and fungal diversity of JPL-Spacecraft Assembly Facility     

  • Design and development of instruments germane to planetary protection

2006-2009

Graduate Student Research Scientist

DREXEL PLASMA INSTITUTE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Develop an understanding of the sterilization efficacy of plasma on varying spacecraft materials through methods to include standard plate count, PCR, and fluorescent techniques.

EDUCATION
2008 - 2010

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Dissertation: Surface Disinfection of Spacecraft Materials from Extremophile Microorganisms by Non-Thermal Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas

2006 - 2008

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

2002 - 2006

Bachelors of Science, Physics

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University Honors College, Summa Cum Laude

HOBBIES

TRIATHLONS

I train at GIVE-STRENGTH

I am a member of Cal-Tri, which is an excellent organization for anyone interested in Triathlons (beginner to seasoned triathletes!)

PUBLIC SPEAKING

I love sharing my experiences with the world!

Public Speaking is Awesome!

JEWELRY MAKING

I find stones.

I make jewelry.

I give them as gifts.

CONTACT MOOGEGA

Dr. Moogega Cooper

Planetary Protection Engineer

 

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