Dara Entekhabi

Dr. Dara Entekhabi is a Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow member at Purdue Engineering. An expert in hydrological remote sensing, he is currently the science team leader for the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP). Dr. Entekhabi is the Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundation Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He works in the areas of hydrology, hydroclimatology, and remote sensing. An expert in hydrological remote sensing, he is currently the science team leader for the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society.

Potential exists for Dr. Entekhabi’s collaboration with multiple groups across the colleges of Engineering and Science. Research topics will focus on new remote sensing techniques for soil and water, in particular the use of “signals of opportunity” in P-band (below 400 MHz), as well as broader applications of data from SMAP. This work is expected to impact the next generation of Earth remote sensing mission concepts, and the broader hydrology and agriculture communities.