Navid Jadidoleslam

Summary of Qualifications

Throughout my academic and industry career, I have developed a strong skillset for efficiently delivering innovative solutions in scientific and engineering fields, with a particular emphasis on geospatial data science. I am highly proficient in big data and large spatial data analysis, and have a proven track record of using data tools to extract valuable insights. In my current and previous roles, I have gained experience in project initiation, planning, execution, and CICD with a focus on agile principles. I consider myself a proactive developer, valuable contributor, and collaborative team player, working to advance geospatial data pipelines to achieve business goals while providing sustainable and efficient solutions to stakeholders and data users.

Work Experience

Senior Data Scientist

July 2023 – Present
Bayer Crop Science, Smart Operations

  • Developing data-driven and ML models for irrigation recommendations (Rx) model and improving current models using satellite-based soil moisture data from Planet Labs and weather and soil data from multiple sources (e.g.,TWC, Soil 250). Improving irrigation Rx by further incorporating weather forecasts of longer lead times and assessing the uncertainties.
  • Implementing optimization techniques, Bayesian Statistics for recommender system of irrigation
  • Developing water budget and irrigation demand with GCM (Global Climate Model) projections to provide recommendations on suitable plant types and strategic farming for future.

Data Scientist

Aug 2022 -- Present
Bayer Crop Science, Breeding

  • Developed and deployed software for computing vegetation indices from multispectral satellites (PlanetScope, Sentinel 2)
  • Conducted assessment of satellite-based planetary variables with in-field sensor observations
  • Developed high-resolution physics-based hydrologic model for soil moisture and overland flow
  • Collaborated in multiple projects such as data processing of satellite-based data for yield simulations

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Aug 2021 -- Jul 2022
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

  • Applied models and Bayesian methods for estimating irrigation from GPM and SMAP missions
  • Ensemble-based conditional soil moisture predictions globally using Earth Observation (EO) satellites
  • Co-authored a successful NASA grant for global investigation of conditional soil moisture distributions

Graduate Research Assistant

Aug 2016 -- May 2021
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Developed models for data assimilation of satellite observations in operational flood forecasting system
  • Conducted extensive research on the variability of soil moisture in space using field sensors and satellite data
  • Developed and implemented an open-source, web-browser based software for interactive visualization of space-time data.

Graduate Research Assistant

Sep 2012 -- Jun 2014
Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Conducted numerical simulation of long-term ocean wave energy of Aegean Sea
  • Evaluated and fine-tuned model simulations by analyzing buoy and satellite altimetry data
  • Analyzed space-time characteristics of wave power


PhD Civil & Environmental Engineering The University of Iowa Aug 2016 - May 2021
MSc Civil Engineering Istanbul Technical University Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
BSc Civil Engineering University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran Sep 2007 - Jul 2012

Computer Skills

  • Programming Languages and Tools
    Python, C++ (STL), SQL, PostGIS, GDAL, rasterio, numpy, pandas, geopandas, h5py, xarray, Dask

  • Deep Learning and Image Processing
    Tensorflow, Keras, OpenCV (C++/Py)

  • Environments and Utils
    GCP, EarthEngine (JS/Py), BigQuery, Docker,Git, SVN, MkDocs, QGIS


Publications and Conferences

Honors and Awards

  • Research Grant from Graduate Student Supplemental Research Competition - Iowa Water Center
  • Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship for the Fall 2020
  • Outstanding Reviewer - Renewable Energy Journal (Awarded in July 2017)
  • CUAHSI Conference Travel Grant


  • Remote Sensing, Reviewer, 2021 - Present
  • Soil and Tillage Research, Reviewer, 2021 -- Present
  • Renewable Energy Journal, Reviewer, 2017 -- Present

Society Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • IEEE
  • SIAM


English Azerbayjani Farsi/Persian Turkish
Fluent Native Native Native


Painting (Oil), Photography, Guitar and Melodion, Digital Music Composition, Singing