Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Gonzalo Cucho Padin

(Postdoctoral researcher)

Gonzalo Cucho Padin's Contact Card & Information.
Org Code: 674
Mail Code 674
Greenbelt, MD 20771


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • M.S. in Computer Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru


Postdoctoral Researcher

NASA/GSFC & CUA - 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD, 20771

September 2021 - Present

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, August 2018 - December 2018

Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, UCF, August 2015 - December 2015

Research Interests

Analysis of the Terrestrial Exosphere

Heliophysics: Remote Sensing

Estimating atomic hydrogen density in the terrestrial exosphere through remote sensing of Lyman-alpha emission

Analysis of Earth's Cusp Dynamics

Heliophysics: Theory & Modeling

Implementing machine-learning based models of the Earth's Cusp to investigate proton flux distributions and their response to space weather.

Soft X-ray Tomography

Heliophysics: Remote Sensing

Implementing tomographic techniques to estimate the three-dimensional structure of the magnetosheath from soft x-ray imagery.

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

2017 - Present

Professional Service

2022 - Present: OSPA Coordinator, AGU Fall Meeting.


2021: Shun Lien Chuang Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Education from UIUC

2021: Vela Fellowship from Los Alamos National Laboratory

2020: Yuen Tze Lo Outstanding Graduate Research Award from UIUC

2018: Awarded 1st Place in the Student Poster Competition at the NSF-CEDAR conference

2014: William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award for graduate studies.



2023. "Finding the magnetopause location using soft X-ray observations and a statistical inverse method." Earth and Planetary Physics 8 (1): 1-20 [10.26464/epp2023070] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Turning Noise Into Data: Characterization of the Van Allen Radiation Belt Using SDO Spikes Data." Space Weather 21 (3): [10.1029/2022sw003310] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Quantifying the global solar wind-magnetosphere interaction with the Solar-Terrestrial Observer for the Response of the Magnetosphere (STORM) mission concept." Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences 10 [10.3389/fspas.2023.1138616] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "EXOSpy: A python package to investigate the terrestrial exosphere and its FUV emission." Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences 10 [10.3389/fspas.2023.1082150] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "A New Approach for 4-D Exospheric Tomography Based on Optimal Interpolation and Gaussian Markov Random Fields." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 20 1-5 [10.1109/lgrs.2023.3237793] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "The Earth’s Outer Exospheric Density Distributions Derived From PROCYON/LAICA UV Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 127 (6): [10.1029/2021ja030211] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "New Sensing Strategies for Estimation of Global, Exospheric Density." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 125 (9): [10.1029/2020ja028099] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Time‐Dependent Response of the Terrestrial Exosphere to a Geomagnetic Storm." Geophysical Research Letters 46 (21): 11661-11670 [10.1029/2019gl084327] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Radio Frequency Interference Detection and Mitigation Using Compressive Statistical Sensing." Radio Science 54 (11): 986-1001 [10.1029/2019rs006902] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Efficient RFI Detection in Radio Astronomy based on Compressive Statistical Sensing." 2018 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP) [10.1109/globalsip.2018.8646517] [Proceedings]

2018. "Tomographic Estimation of Exospheric Hydrogen Density Distributions." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 123 (6): 5119-5139 [10.1029/2018ja025323] [Journal Article/Letter]

Talks, Presentations and Posters


Three-dimensional reconstruction of ion fluxes in the Earth’s northern cusp using neural networks

16, 2022

AGU Fall Meeting 2022, Chicago, IL, USA

A Soft X-ray Tomographic Approach to Determine the Three-dimensional Spatial Structure of the Magnetosheath

14, 2022

AGU Fall Meeting 2022, Chicago, IL, USA