Dr. Mohamed Ramy El-Maarry earned his Bachelor's degree in Geology and Chemistry at Cairo University, Egypt. He followed it up with two European Master's degrees in Sweden and France, and a PhD in Goettingen University in Germany for his work at the Max-Planck institute for solar system research. Since then, he has been involved with a number of space missions for more than 10 years for both ESA and NASA, including the European Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, The European ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, and the NASA New Horizons mission that studied Kuiper Belt Objects at the edge of our solar system.
His research covers planetary surfaces with a focus on geomorphology and associated processes using a multi-disciplinary approach that involves data analysis of remote sensing data, modeling, lab work, and comparative planetology mainly through fieldwork.
In addition to his research activities, Dr. El-Maarry has participated in numerous reviewing and expert evaluation panels. In particular, he was a member of the expert panel that participated in the assessment of missions proposed to NASA, which ended with the selection of Dragonfly mission to Titan. He was also a member of the topical teams that helped in devising ESA’s future strategy for missions during the 2035-2050 time period.