Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Shahid Aslam


Shahid Aslam's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6961
Org Code: 693
Mail Code 693
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Many years of space instrument hardware development and remote sensing experience with direct contributions to the following NASA flight programs: Pressure Modulated Infra-Red Radiometer (PMIRR) on Mars Observer; Composite Infra-Red Spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini; Gas and Aerosol Monitoring Sensor-craft (GAMS); Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) and James Web Space Telescope (JWST). Currently is the principal lead for the Compact Ultraviolet to Visible Spectrometer (CUVIS) on the DAVINCI Mission to Venus, to be launched in 2030 timeframe.

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Research Space Scientist

NASA/Goddard - Greenbelt, MD, 20771

January 2010 - Present


D.Phil., Planetary Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Professional Societies

American Astronomical Society (AAS)


2010 - Present

Division of Planetary Science (DPS - AAS)


2010 - Present

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Senior Member

2014 - Present

Philosophical Society of Washington DC


2018 - Present

Professional Service

Member of the Goddard Scientific Colloquium Committee, 2021-Present

Member of NfoLD, 2020-Present


1993 NASA Group Achievement Award - Mars Observer/PMIRR

1998 NASA Group Achievement Award - Cassini/CIRS

2003 NASA Contractor Excellence Award

2005 NASA Public Service Award Medal

2011 NASA Group Achievement Award - JWST Micro-Shutter System Team

2016 NASA Special Act Award

2018 NASA Group Achievement Award - CIRS Spectrometer Team

2018 NASA Group Achievement Award - CIRS Investigation Team

2020 NASA Exceptional Service Award Medal

2022 NASA Patent Plaque Award

2023 NASA Group Achievement Award - CAESAR NDIRGA Team

2023 NASA Patent Plaque Award

19 USA Patents



2024. "Carbon nano-tube polymer composite mirrors for CubeSat telescope." US Patent and Tradesmark Office, Washington DC: 11,971,300 B1, issued April 30th, 2024 [Other]

2024. "Modelling for Comet Interceptor's Modular InfraRed Molecules and Ices Sensor." LPI Contributions 3040 1386 [Proceedings]

2024. "PReSSiC: Planetary Remote Sensing using SiC detectors." 243rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, id. 329.05. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Vol. 56 (No. 2 e-id): [Proceedings]

2024. "The Comet Interceptor Mission." Space Science Reviews 220 (1): 9 [10.1007/s11214-023-01035-0] [Journal Article/Letter]

2024. "Improved Design of an Advanced Ice Giants Net Flux Radiometer." Space Science Reviews 220 (1): 5 [10.1007/s11214-023-01038-x] [Journal Article/Letter]

2024. "The Modular Infrared Molecules And Ices Sensor (MIRMIS): An Instrument Visiting A Long-Period Comet." Abstract from 21st Annual Meeting AOGS 2024, Pyeongchang, Korea, Republic of 1 [Proceedings]

2023. "Deep Learning-Based Polarization Capable Fourier Ptychographic Microscopy (DL-PFPM)." Optica Imaging Congress (3D, COSI, DH, FLatOptics, IS, pcAOP) [10.1364/3d.2023.jw2a.8] [Proceedings]

2023. "System, Apparatus and Methods for Detecting Methane Leak." US Patent 11,774,355 B1, Washington DC: US Patent and Trademark Office, issued Oct. 3rd 2023 [Other]

2023. "Cassini composite infrared spectrometer: correcting an offset error and refining the pointing parameters for the midinfrared detectors: publisher’s note." Applied Optics 62 (23): 6298 [10.1364/ao.502236] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Cassini Composite InfraRed Spectrometer: correcting an offset error and refining the pointing parameters for the mid-infrared detectors." Applied Optics 62 (22): 5882-5888 [10.1364/ao.491970] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Single-Event Effects on Commercial-Off-the Shelf Edge-Processing Artificial Intelligence ASICs." IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 1-1 [10.1109/tns.2023.3286728] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Design and optimization of NUV-enhanced 4H-SiC separate-absorption-charge-multiplication avalanche photodiodes." Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXXI 12415 [10.1117/12.2649236] [Proceedings]

2022. "Pivoting Successive Approximation Register ADC for a Radiation Hard Autonomous Digital Readout." US Patent 11,522,552. Washington DC: US Patent and Trademark Office issued Dec. 6th 2022 [Other]

2022. "Cross-slot metal-mesh bandpass filters for far-infrared astronomy." Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy XI 121901M [10.1117/12.2630571] [Proceedings]

2022. "Compact Non-Dispersive Infrared Gas Analyzer." U.S. Patent 11,391,672. Washington DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office July 19th 2022 [Other]

2022. "Design of an Advanced, Compact Ice Giants Net Flux Radiometer." In Situ Exploration of the Giant Planets II, Laurel, MD, USA, LPI Contributions (2686): id. 4001 [Proceedings]

2022. "The CORGIE Instrument Suite: Understanding Hydrogeologic Cycles on Planetary Bodies Through In Situ Characterization of Surface-Atmosphere Interactions." Optimizing Planetary In Situ Surface-Atmosphere Interaction Investigations Workshop, Boise, Idaho, LPI Contribution No. 2685 id. 7008 [Proceedings]

2022. "Planetary exploration enabled by a compact adaptable time-resolved spatial-heterodyne Raman spectrometer." Proc. SPIE 12121, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XV [10.1117/12.2618777] [Proceedings]

2022. "A parallel readout circuit for a space-based non-dispersive infrared gas analyzer." Proc. SPIE 12121, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XV [10.1117/12.2619116] [Proceedings]

2022. "Revealing the Mysteries of Venus: The DAVINCI Mission." The Planetary Science Journal 3 (5): 117 [10.3847/psj/ac63c2] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Thermopile bias method for low voltage infrared readout integrated circuits." U.S. Patent 11,293,809. Washington DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued April 5, 2022 [Other]

2022. "50 Years of Spaceflight with Fourier Transform Spectrometers (FTS) designed at NASA GSFC." 2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference (AERO) [10.1109/aero53065.2022.9843804] [Proceedings]

2022. "Gas Analyzer for Monitoring H2O and CO2 Partial Pressures in Space Instrumentation." IEEE Sensors Journal 22 (1): 12576-12587 [10.1109/JSEN.2022.3177079] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Raman and UVN+LWIR LIBS detection system for in-situ surface chemical identification." MethodsX 9 101647 [10.1016/j.mex.2022.101647] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Measuring large amplitude surface figure error using coordinate metrology." Optical Engineering 60 (08): [10.1117/1.oe.60.8.084103] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Spectroscopic Characterization of Samples from Different Environments in a Volcano-Glacial Region in Iceland: Implications for in situ Planetary Exploration." Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 263 [Full Text] [10.1016/j.saa.2021.120205] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "In situ Chemistry Experiment - µscope, Photoluminescence and Raman Observations on Icy Satellites (ICE-µPROBIS)." EPSC Abstracts 15 (EPSC2021-432): [10.5194/epsc2021-432] [Proceedings]

2021. "Ice-Giants Net Flux Radiometer for Heat Flux Measurements." EPSC Abstracts 15 (EPSC2021-144): [10.5194/epsc2021-144] [Proceedings]

2021. "Ice Giants Net Flux Radiometer (IG-NFR) Electrical Architecture." EPSC Abstracts 15 (EPSC2021-449): [10.5194/epsc2021-449] [Proceedings]

2021. "Enabling in situ Raman Spectroscopic Exploration of Icy Worlds: Ultra-Violet Detector Innovation for Raman Exploration and CharacTerization (UV-DIRECT) of Ocean Worlds." EPSC2021 [10.5194/epsc2021-330] [Proceedings]

2021. "TID and Heavy Ion Performance of a RHBD Multi-Channel Digitizer in 180 nm CMOS." IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 68 (7): 1414-1422 [10.1109/tns.2021.3080179] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Parallel Computation of CRC-Code on an FPGA Platform for High Data Throughput." Electronics 10 (7): 866 [10.3390/electronics10070866] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Comparative VIS and NIR Raman and FTIR Spectroscopy of Lunar Analog Samples." Europlanet Science Congress 2020, online [10.5194/epsc2020-427] [Proceedings]

2020. "Modelling the expected observations of the Advanced Ice Giants Net Flux Radiometer (IG-NFR) instrument concept, under study for future entry probe missions to Uranus or Neptune." EPSC Abstracts EPSC2020-306 [10.5194/epsc2020-306] [Proceedings]

2020. "Modelling the in situ solar and thermal radiation environment for future entry probe missions to Venus." EPSC-2020 EPSC2020-312 [10.5194/epsc2020-312] [Proceedings]

2020. "Correlated Raman and Reflectance Spectroscopy for In Situ Lunar Resource Exploration." Lunar Surface Science Workshop (LPI Contrib No. 2241) id. 5113 [Proceedings]

2020. "Compact Lunar Mineralogy Imager (CLuMI)." Lunar Surface Science Workshop 2020 (LPI Contrib. No. 2241) [Proceedings]

2020. "The CORGIE (Confirming Orbital Remote-Sensing with Ground Information Experiments) Consortium." Lunar Surface Science Workshop 2020 (LPI Contrib. no 2241) [Proceedings]

2020. "Radiation-hard parallel readout circuit for low-frequency voltage signal measurements." Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XIII 11422 (1142205): [10.1117/12.2558117] [Proceedings]

2020. "Portable flow device using Fourier ptychography microscopy and deep learning for detection in biosignatures." Real-Time Image Processing and Deep Learning 2020 11401 1-6 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.2557316] [Proceedings]

2020. "Advanced Net Flux Radiometer for the Ice Giants." Space Science Reviews 216 (1): 11 [10.1007/s11214-019-0630-x] [Journal Article/Letter]


2021. "Ice Giant Atmospheric Science." BAAS 53 (4): e-id. 264 [10.3847/25c2cfeb.97316a54] [Journal Article/Letter]