Dr. Corey Cochrane

Dr. Corey Jonathan Cochrane is a member of the Advanced Optical and Electro-Mechanical Microsystems Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His primary research interests include the measurement and study of planetary magnetic fields and plasmas. Corey is an investigation scientist and calibration scientist for the Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM) investigation, an investigation scientist for the Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS) instrument, and the radiation focus group facilitator for the Europa Clipper mission. Corey is the principal investigator of a next-generation Silicon Carbide Magnetometer (SiCMag) which leverages the electrical readout of quantum centers in SiC to sense magnetic fields. He is also a co-investigator of the Gas And Ice Spectrometer Radar (GAISR) and Time-Resolved Raman spectrometer (TRRS) being developed at JPL.  

Corey obtained his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Penn State University. During this time, his research involved the utilization of advanced signal processing techniques to investigate spin dependent transport mechanisms in nano- and micro-electronics using electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) spectroscopy. As an undergraduate, he held internships during the summers of 2003 and 2004 with NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) developing artificial neural networks used for biologically inspired robotics in the Bio Visualization Lab at Ames Research Center. After earning his M.S. degree in 2007, he was involved in the development of satellite communication systems at Boeing Satellite Systems in the DSP algorithms group. After earning his Ph.D. degree in 2013, he was awarded a two-year fellowship in the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) at the Jet Propulsion where he currently works.

  • Ph.D. Engineering Science, Penn State University (2013)
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Penn State University (2007)
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Penn State University (2004)

Research Interests: 

Planetary magnetism, plasma physics, electron/nuclear/electrically detected magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, instrument development, signal/image processing, machine learning, algorithm development, and other areas of applied science.

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA
    • Advanced Optical and Electro-Mechanical Microsystems Group (Oct 2015 – present)
    • NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) (Oct 2013 – Oct 2015)
  • Boeing Space and Intelligent Systems, El Segundo CA
    • DSP Algorithms Group, SatComm Systems Engineer (April 2008 – July 2010)
  • Penn State University, Semiconductor Spectroscopy Lab, University Park PA
    • PhD Graduate Research Assistantship (Sept 2010 – May 2013)
    • MS Graduate Research Assistantship (Nov 2005 – March 2008)
  • NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View CA
    • Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP), (2003, 2004)

Selected Awards: 
  • JPL Voyager Award – Work done for Europa Clipper Magnetometer, June 2019
  • Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics Early Career Recognition Award, May 2019.
  • JPL Team Award – For completion of ICEMAG PDR, July 2018.
  • JPL Ed Stone Award – for outstanding research publication and proof-of-concept demonstration of an innovative next-generation solid-state magnetometer, May 2017.
  • JPL Team Award – Europa Clipper Investigation Scientist Team, April 2017.
  • JPL Voyager Award – for writing a successful NASA PICASSO proposal titled “Miniaturized solid-state based vector magnetometer for planetary field mapping”, April 2016.
  • Penn State Electrical Engineering Early Career Recognition Alumni Award, April 2015.
  • Penn State Dr. Paul A. Lester Memorial Award, Outstanding research in the area of microelectronics by an ESM graduate student, May 2013. 

Selected Publications: 


  1. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Efficient Fixed-Point Implementation of a FMCW Doppler Radar Algorithm for Detection of Targets up to the Maximum Ambiguous Range”, submitted to IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2019.
  2. J. Blacksberg, et. al., “A miniature high-speed, low-pulse energy picosecond Raman spectrometer for identification of minerals and organics in planetary science”, submitted to OSA Applied Optics, 2019.
  3. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Magnetic field sensing with a 4H SiC Diodes”, Materials Science Forum, 924, pp: 988-992, (2018).
  4. A. Rymer, et al., “Solar System Ice Giants: Exoplanets in our Backyard”, Exoplanet Science Strategy White Paper, submitted to the National Academies of Sciences, Space Studies Board, 9 March 2018.
  5. K. Cooper, et al., “A W-band Comet-Jet Doppler Radar Prototype”, IEEE Radar Conference, pp. 202-205, (2018)
  6. K. Cooper, et al., “Using FMCW Doppler Radar to Detect Targets up to the Maximum Unambiguous Range”, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 14, 3, pp: 339-343, (2017).
  7. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Vectorized magnetometer for space applications using electrical readout of atomic scale defects in silicon carbide”, Nature Scientific Reports 6, 37077, (2016).
  8. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Magnetic field sensing with atomic scale defects in SiC devices”, Materials Science Forum, 858, pp: 265-268, (2016).
  9. J. Blacksberg, et al., “A Miniaturized Time-Resolved Raman Spectrometer for Planetary Science Based on a Fast Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) Detector Array”, Applied Optics, 55, 4, pp: 739-748, (2015).
  10. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “A fast classification scheme in Raman spectroscopy for the identification of mineral mixtures using a large database with correlated predictors”, IEEE TRGS, 53, 8, pp: 4259-4274, (2015).
  11. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “Spin counting in electrically detected magnetic resonance via low-field defect state mixing”, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 9 (2014).
  12. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “Detection of interfacial Pb centers in Si/SiO2 metal-oxide-semiconducting field-effect transistors via zero-field spin dependent recombination with observation of precursor pair spin-spin interactions”, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 5, (2013).
  13. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “Zero-field detection of spin dependent recombination with direct observation of electron nuclear hyperfine interactions in the absence of an oscillating electromagnetic field”, Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 12, (2012).
  14. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “On the Performance of Adaptive Signal Averaging”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 105108, (2012).
  15. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “Identification of a Silicon Vacancy as an Important Defect in 4H SiC MOSFETs” Applied Physics letters, 100, 2, 023509, (2012).
  16. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “Real Time Exponentially Weighted Recursive Least Squares Adaptive Signal Averager for Enhancing the Sensitivity of Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance”, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 195, 1, pp. 17-22 (2008).
Corey Cochrane
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