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Maria Carmela Raguso

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


Maria C. Raguso received the M.S. degree in Communication Engineering and Ph.D. in Radar and Remote Sensing from Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy, in 2014 and 2018 respectively. During this period she joined the LabRadar (DIET), lead by Prof. Giovanni Picardi and Dr. Roberto Seu, where several topics in radar science were pursued, starting from the successful design of Martian radar sounders (MARSIS and SHARAD) to the design of radars for the future exploration of the solar system

From 2015 to 2016 she was visiting research student in the Hayes Research Group at the Department of Astronomy in Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), working on Cassini SAR data processing. In 2018, she joined the Geology and Planetary Science Division at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a postdoctoral researcher working on super-resolution techniques and data inversion applied to Cassini radar data.

Currently she is a NASA postdoctoral fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research explores the study of several data processing techniques oriented to enhance the quality of sounder radar data, estimating and modeling of planetary surfaces to retrieve geophysical parameters. In particular, her research is focused on monitoring of the CO2 seasonal variations at the Martian polar caps using SHARAD data.


  • Ph.D., Radar and Remote Sensing, Sapienza University of Rome, 2018
  • M.A., Communication Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, 2014
  • B.S., Telecommunication Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, 2009

Professional Experience

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow – Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech (2020-Present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – California Institute of Technology (2018-2020)
  • Visiting Research Student – Cornell University (2015-2016)

Research Interests

  • Design of Radar Systems for Planetary Exploration
  • Radar Data Processing and Geophysical Analysis
  • Radar Sounding for Planetary Subsurface Exploration

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA/JPL (2020)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Scholarship at Sapienza, University of Rome (2015)

Selected Publications

  1. L. Piazzo, M. C. Raguso, R. Seu and M. Mastrogiuseppe, "Signal enhancement for planetary radar sounders," in Electronics Letters, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 153-155, 7 2 2019, doi: 10.1049/el.2018.7284.
  2. V. Poggiali et al., "High-Resolution Topography of Titan Adapting the Delay/Doppler Algorithm to the Cassini RADAR Altimeter Data," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 57, no. 9, pp. 7262-7268, Sept. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2019.2912575.
  3. M. C. Raguso, M. Mastrogiuseppe, R. Seu and L. Piazzo, "Super Resolution and Interferences Suppression Technique Applied to SHARAD Data," 2018 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace), Rome, 2018, pp. 242-246, doi: 10.1109/MetroAeroSpace.2018.8453529.
  4. M. C. Raguso, L. Piazzo, M. Mastrogiuseppe, R. Seu and R. Orosei, "Resolution Enhancement and Interference Suppression for Planetary Radar Sounders," 2018 26th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Rome, 2018, pp. 1212-1216, doi: 10.23919/EUSIPCO.2018.8553468.
  5. L. Piazzo, M. C. Raguso, L. Calzoletti, R. Seu and B. Altieri, "Least Squares Time-Series Synchronization in Image Acquisition Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 25, no. 9, pp. 4458-4468, Sept. 2016, doi: 10.1109/TIP.2016.2592700.