Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Nlingi Habana


Nlingi Habana's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6118
Org Code: 61A
Mail Code 61A.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Nlingi Habana recieved his Bachelors degree in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Botswana in 2013, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geodetic Science from The Ohio State University in 2016, and 2020, respectively. His undergraduate studies focused on Land Surveying and GIS applications, with his capstone project focusing on the improvement the geoid model for Gaborone, Botswana. For graduate school, his research was aimed at gravity recovery techniques from low Earth orbiters like GRACE. Post graduation, Nlingi joined GSFC as a contractor through SSAI where he has since been supporting the VLBI group (which is part of Space Geodesy Project).

Research Interests


Software Programmer/Scientific Researcher

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Greebelt, MD

February 2020 - Present

  • Assist in maintaining and updating VLBI-related software packages used by the GSFC Space Geodesy Laboratory
  • Compile VLBI observations for analysis to study and mitigate the effects of atmospheric turbulence on these observations.
  • Ingest and track the orbits of low Earth orbiting satellites that are likely to interfere with the frequencies of VLBI stations.
  • Regular run single dish experiments at VLBI stations to develop baseline metrics for each station.

Graduate Research Associate

The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

June 2014 - December 2019

  • Analytically amend a gravitational estimation technique, with the aim of improving on orbital arc lengths.
  • Implement the amendments into simulated orbits and compare the gravity recovery to other techniques.

Land Surveyor

Drysdale and Associates - Francistown, Botswana

June 2013 - April 2014

  • Collected and analyzed detailed survey data using GPS and total stations
  • Produced field computations, and CAD models of results.
  • Provided technical support to co-workers involved with each project.

Teaching Experience

Taught an introductory Earth Science laboratory section on the physical dynamics of the Earth to an average of 23 students (for two semesters).


Ph.D. Geodetic Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2020

Dissertation: Gravity Recovery by Kinematic State Vector Perturbation from Satellite-to-Satellite Tracking

M.S. Geodetic Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2016

Bachelor of Geomatics, University of Botswana, 2013

Professional Societies

International Association of Geodesy

2018 - Present

American Geophysical Union

2017 - Present

Geological Society of America

2014 - Present

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

2010 - Present