Al-Khaldi, Mohammad


Mohammad Al-Khaldi received the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in 2015, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2017, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, in 2019, where he completed his Ph.D. degree with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and ElectroScience Laboratory in 2020. Dr. Al-Khaldi was previously a Project Scientist I, Post-doctoral Fellow II and Post-doctoral Fellow I at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR's) COSMIC Program in Boulder, CO. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at The Ohio State University's ElectroScience Laboratory and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Al-Khaldi pursues a research agenda that includes Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry (GNSS-R) calibration and in particular contributing to improved calibration practices relating to NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, validation and new remote sensing applications development. Topics include optimizing ocean calibration algorithms, ocean and land retrievals geolocation and validation and exploration of novel data processing techniques for ocean and land science applications. He also directly contributes to the development of improved means with which spaceborne GNSS-R systems may be used for the purposes of mapping inland water bodies on a global scale, soil moisture, tropical cyclone characterization, novel means with which CYGNSS may be used for the detection of convective activity and the detection of large scale atmospheric turbulence. He also contributes to the advancement of the remote sensing of the Earth's surface using a variety of other microwave sensing platforms including Synthetic Aperture Radars and Ultra-Wideband Radiometers. 

Dr. Al-Khaldi is a member of the NASA CYGNSS mission science team, NASA CYGNSS mission calibration and validation team, IEEE GRSS Technical Committee on Modeling in Remote Sensing, IEEE GRSS Technical Committees on Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing, is an associate member of commissions B and F of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), is a NASA CSDA GNSS-R Subject Matter Expert (SME) and serves as an Associate Editor of Radio Science. 

His current research interests include applied electromagnetics, rough surface scattering, and spaceborne remote sensing.


  • Spaceborne Remote Sensing
  • Bistatic Radar Systems
  • Rough Surface Scattering
  • Level-0/1 Calibration and Validation