Dr. Mahta Moghaddam:

mahta moghaddam apsih scholar of monthDr. Mahta Moghaddam, the William M. Hogue Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California, received her B.S. degree (with highest distinction) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1986 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1989 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical and computer engineering. From 1991 to 2003, she was with the Radar Science and Engineering Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, before joining the Radiation Laboratory in the EECS department at Michigan. Dr. Moghaddam joined the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering in January 2012. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

As director of the Microwave Systems, Sensors, and Imaging Lab (MiXIL) at USC, Moghaddam’s research touches on a wide range of problems. Her lab has designed and used microwave systems to, among other things, target and treat breast cancer, retrieve information about the earth’s surface and subsurface, and conduct large-scale environmental mapping.
Dr. Moghaddam is also director of the Viterbi Innovation Fund Arid Climates and Water Research Center (AWARE), which brings researchers from across USC together to better understand and address issues related to water scarcity in arid climates. Moghaddam’s center seeks to contribute technological solutions to water extremes, such as droughts, in pursuit of a sustainable future. She is also the co-Director of the USC Center for Sustainability Solutions.