Dr. Maheshwari Neelam

Dr. Maheshwari Neelam

Email:  MNeelam @ usra.edu

Research Interests:  Surface Hydrology, Remote sensing, Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, Climate Variability and Climate Extremes.


Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2018, Texas A&M University, College Station. Advisor: Binayak P.Mohanty

B.Tech., Electronics and Communication Engineering, 2011, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India.


02/22 - Present: Scientist at Universities Space Research Association

05/18 - 01/22: Research Scientist at Science Systems and Applications Inc


08/21 Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award, Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

06/12 – 10/17 International Graduate Student Achievement Award (Bill A. and Rita L. Stout), Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University

06/15 – 06/17 Schlumberger Faculty for Future Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation ($1,00,000)

01/14 – 12/14 International Texas Public Education Grant, Texas A&M University

06/14 – 12/14 Graduate Scholarship, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University

06/12 – 12/15 Multiple travel awards, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A &M University

06/13 NASA Group Achievement Award (SMAPVEX12 Field Campaign) 06/10 – 12/10 Outstanding Student Scholarship, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India

01/09 – 12/09 Certificate of Merit, Indian Red Cross

01/08 – 12/08 Certificate of Appreciation, Indian Red Cross


Neelam, M., Bindlish, R, O’Neill, P, Huffman, G, Reichle, R, Chan, S, Colliander, A. (2021). “Evaluation of Precipitation Flag for SMAP Soil Moisture Accuracy using IMERG and GEOS-5.” Journal of Hydrometeorology, doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-20-0038.1.

Li, M., N. A. Sutfin, M. Christie, M. Neelam, and J. A. Bradley (2020), Making a place for the next generation of geoscientists, Eos, 101, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EO151355.

Neelam, M., and B. P.Mohanty (2020), On Radiative transfer model across space, time and hydroclimates, Remote Sensing 12 (16), doi: 10.3390/rs12162645.

Neelam, M., A. Colliander, B. P. Mohanty, et al. (2020). "Multiscale Surface Roughness for Improved Soil Moisture Estimation." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 1-13, doi:10.1109/tgrs.2019.2961008.

Neelam, M., and B. P.Mohanty (2015), Global sensitivity analysis of the radiative transfer model, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016534.