Dr Corey Cochrane

Corey was born and raised in Pennsylvania where he obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in engineering science at Penn State University. During this time, his work involved the utilization of advanced signal processing techniques to investigate spin dependent transport mechanisms in nano- and micro-electronics using electrically detected magnetic resonance. As an undergraduate, he held internships during the summers of 2003 and 2004 with NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program working on biologically inspired robotics in the Bio Visualization Lab at NASA’s Ames Research Center. After earning his M.S. degree, 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, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship position at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory aiding in the development of a time-resolved Raman spectrometer for in situ planetary mineralogy. Corey is currently employed at JPL serving as the principle investigator of a solid-state based magnetometer and co-investigator of a time-resolved Raman spectrometer. He also aids in the development of a gas and ice spectrometer radar and serves an investigative scientist role on the Europa Clipper science team.

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

Research Interests: 

Magnetometry, plasma physics, 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
    • Instrument Electronics 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), (summers of 2003, 2004)

Selected Awards: 
  • Ed Stone Award – for outstanding research publication and proof-of-concept demonstration of an innovative next-generation solid-state magnetometer, JPL, May 2017.
  • Team Award – for Europa Clipper Investigation Scientist Team, JPL, April 2017.
  • Voyager Award – for writing a successful PICASSO proposal titled “Miniaturized solid-state based vector magnetometer for planetary field mapping”, JPL, April 2016.
  • Early Career Recognition Alumni Award in Electrical Engineering, Penn State University, April 2015.
  • Dr. Paul A. Lester Memorial Award, Outstanding research in the area of microelectronics by an ESM graduate student, Penn State University, May 2013.
  • Young Scientist Award, Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductor Interfaces Conference, Santa Fe NM, January 2007.
  • Best Poster Award, Nano and Giga Challenges Conference, Tempe AZ, March 2007.

Selected Publications: 
  1. 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; doi: 10.1038/srep37077 (2016).
  2. K. Cooper, S. Durden, C.J. Cochrane, “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).
  3. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Magnetic field sensing with atomic scale defects in SiC devices”, Materials Science Forum, 858, pp: 265-268, (2016).
  4. J. Blacksberg, E. Alerstam, Y. Maruyama, C.J. Cochrane, G. Rossman, “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).
  5. C.J. Cochrane, J. Blacksberg., “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).
  6. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, “Spin counting in electrically detected magnetic resonance via low-field defect state mixing”, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 9 (2014).
  7. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, “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).
  8. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, “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).
  9. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, “On the Performance of Adaptive Signal Averaging”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 105108, (2012).
  10. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, A.J. Lelis, “Identification of a Silicon Vacancy as an Important Defect in 4H SiC MOSFETs” Applied Physics letters, 100, 2, 023509, (2012).
  11. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, A.J. Lelis, “An Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance Study of Performance Limiting Defects in SiC MOSFETs”, Journal of Applied Physics, 109, 1, 014506, Jan 1 (2011).
  12. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, A.J. Lelis, “Direct Observation of Lifetime Killing Defects in 4H SiC Epitaxial Layers through Spin Dependent Recombination in Bipolar Junction Transistors”, Journal of Applied Physics, 105, 6, 064502, March 15 (2009).
  13. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, “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
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.3054
Fax Number: 818.354.3482