Dr. Mohamed Abid

Affiliation: Mars 2020 Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer,

Mars 2020 Cruise Entry Descent & Landing (CEDL) MSE,

Mars Sample Return SRL Payload Chief Engineer JPL / NASA

Biography: Dr. Abid is the Mars Sample Return Payload Chief Engineer. He was the Mars 2020 Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer, M2020 Cruise, Entry, Descent & Landing (CEDL) MSE, and M2020 Anomaly Response Team lead. Prior to that, Dr. Abid was the JPL Mechatronics technical group manager, and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission Chief Engineer. and Manager of the Mechatronics group at JPL. Before joining 355 and Mars 2020, Dr. Abid was the SMAP Mission Chief Engineer, and Deputy FSSE for SMAP that launched successfully in January 2015.

Prior to SMAP, he was the FSE lead for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission (WISE) that was successfully launched in December, 2009. He was the project System Engineer for the Ocean Surface Topography mission (OSTM) that was successfully launched in June, 2008.

Before joining JPL, Dr. Abid was Co-PI on the FIVE Project as part of space flight experiment, and an Associate Investigator / Test Conductor on the Structure of Flame Ball at Low Lewis number (SOFBALL) experiment which flew on Space Shuttle missions Columbia STS-83 (launched in April 1997), Columbia STS-94 (launched in May 1997) and Columbia STS-107 (launched in January 2003).

Dr. Abid received his Ph.D. from the Dept of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering of the University of Southern California (USC). He is a lecturer iat USC, and the author of the textbook "Spacecraft Sensors", a John Wiley & Sons Ltd 2005..


Title : Mars missions: challenges and successes

Abstract: Getting to Mars is not easy. Landing on Mars is hard. Landing Perseverance, the most complex rover ever built, with the precision that we landed is even harder. What did we do to maximized the chances of success? Will go over some of the challenges that we overcame throughout the design, build, test, flight, landing and surface operation of Mars 2020. Will also go over Mars Sample Return and associated challenges.