Mariko Burgin

GRSS President 2023-2024


Dr. Mariko Burgin has 10+ years of experience in developing geospatial solutions and leading R&D teams for Earth, Mars, and Beyond. She has extensive experience in applied electromagnetics (modeling, simulation), remote sensing with a microwave focus, geophysical parameter retrieval, and algorithm development. Dr. Burgin currently works on advanced technology and early mission concept development for NASA missions. She supports Mars Sample Return (MSR) as the Break The Chain (BTC) Domain Lead and is a capture lead, facilitator, and systems engineer in Project Systems Engineering + Formulation at NASA JPL.

Dr. Burgin received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, in 2008. She joined Dr. Mahta Moghaddam’s group in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, in 2011. Following the group’s transition in January 2012, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, while working remotely on her Ph.D. She received her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the Radiation Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in December 2013. In 2014, she joined the Water and Carbon Cycles Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, as a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar. She was a Scientist in the Radar Science + Engineering Section at JPL from 2016-2019, a visiting associate researcher at UCLA from 2017-2019, and transitioned to Project Systems Engineering + Formulation in 2019.

Dr. Burgin is a member of IEEE and IEEE GRSS. She has been a member of the IEEE GRSS AdCom since 2018. She founded the IEEE GRSS IDEA (Inspire, Develop, Empower, Advance) Committee and was its chair from 2017-2019. She assumed the role of GRSS VP of Information Resources from 2019-2020. In 2021, she was elevated to the position of IEEE GRSS Executive President, and in 2023 was elected GRSS President. (Date: Jan, 2024)

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