Dr. Corey Cochrane

Dr. Corey Jonathan Cochrane is a scientist and technologist working in the Planetary Interiors and Geophysics group, with primary research interests in the measurement and study of planetary magnetic fields and plasmas. His research entails the search for ocean worlds in the solar system using electromagnetic sounding, through the development of next-generation quantum magnetometers, novel ocean detection and characterization algorithms, and strategic design and formulation of future planetary mission concepts.

Corey is an investigation scientist and the calibration lead for the Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM) investigation, an investigation scientist for the Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS) investigation, and the radiation focus group facilitator for NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. He was also a science affiliate with the Trident Discovery Mission concept developing algorithms for subsurface ocean detection at Triton on a single-pass using magnetometric measurements. He 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 Optically Pumped Solid-State Quantum Magnetometer (OPuS-MAGNM), the Gas And Ice Spectrometer Radar (GAISR) and Time-Resolved Raman spectrometer (TRRS) being developed at JPL. 

Corey obtained his PhD at Penn State in Engineering Science and Mechanics, where he used various forms of magnetic resonance spectroscopy as a means to characterize spin dependent transport of quantum centers in solid-state materials for use as magnetic field sensors. Corey also obtained his MS and BS degrees at Penn State in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in signal processing and artificial intelligence. He spent two summers at NASA’s Ames Research Center developing biologically inspired robotics using artificial neural networks and two years at Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems working in the DSP algorithms group. Corey came to JPL in 2013 where he was selected for a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship.

  • Ph.D. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University (2013)

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Penn State University (2007)

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Penn State University (2004)

Research Interests: 


  • Planetary Magnetic Field Modeling, Planetary Interior Induction Modeling, Magnetosphere-Moon Interactions, Plasma Physics, Raman Spectroscopy, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPR / NMR / EDMR / ODMR), Quantum Spin Transport in Materials

Signal Processing:

  • Digital Signal Processing, Adaptive Filtering, Image Processing, Forward/Inverse Mathematical Modeling, Artificial Neural Networks, Radar Signal Processing, Fourier Analysis, Wavelets, Spherical Harmonics

Instrument Development:

  • Magnetometers (solid-state, optically pumped alkali gas, fluxgate), FMCW Doppler Radar, Raman Spectrometers, Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers (EPR / NMR / EDMR / ODMR)  

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA,

    • Planetary Interiors and Geophysics - Scientist (2022 – present)

    • Advanced Optical and Electro-Mechanical Microsystems – Technologist (2015 – 2022)

    • NASA Postdoc Program (NPP) (2013-2015)

  • Penn State University, University Park PA,

    • PhD Graduate Research Assistant (2010-2013)

  • Boeing Space & Intelligent Systems, El Segundo CA,

    • SatComm DSP Algorithms (2008-2010)

  • Penn State University, University Park PA,

    • MS Graduate Research Assistant (2004-2007)

  • NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View CA,

    • NASA USRP Intern (2003 - 2004)

Selected Awards: 
  • 2023 - JPL Team Award - for trajectory assessment of Europa Clipper tour

  • 2022 - JPL Voyager Award – for Europa Clipper spacecraft magnetic field modeling to ensure success of ECM

  • 2022 - NASA Group Achievement Award – for the Europa Clipper Magnetometer Team

  • 2021 - JPL Charles Elachi Award: for outstanding work on the development and validation of ocean detection algorithms to enable future Ocean World missions.

  • 2019 - JPL Voyager Award: for work performed on Europa Clipper Magnetometer

  • 2019 - PSU ESM Early Career Recognition Alumni Award: awarded by Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics department

  • 2018 - JPL Team Award: for completion of ICEMAG PDR

  • 2017 - JPL Ed Stone Award: for outstanding research publication and proof-of-concept demonstration of an innovative next-generation solid-state magnetometer

  • 2017 - JPL Team Award: for work performed by Europa Clipper Investigation Scientist Team

  • 2016 - JPL Voyager Award: for writing a successful NASA PICASSO proposal titled “Miniaturized solid-state based vector magnetometer for planetary field mapping”.

  • 2015 - PSU EE Early Career Recognition Alumni Award: awarded by Penn State Electrical Engineering department

  • 2013 - NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship recipient

  • 2013 - Penn State Dr. Paul A. Lester Memorial Award: for outstanding research by an ESM graduate student

Selected Publications: 
  1. C.J. Cochrane, et al., Magnetic Field Modeling and Visualization of the Europa Clipper Spacecraft, accepted for publication in Space Science Reviews, 2023.

  2. B.W. Weiss, J.M.G. Merayo, J. Ream, R. Oran, P. Brauer, C. J. Cochrane, et. al, “The Psyche Magnetometry Investigation”, Space Science Reviews, 219 (3), 22, 2023.

  3. Biersteker, J. B., Weiss, B. P., Cochrane, C. J., et. al., “Revealing the interior structure of icy moons with a Bayesian approach to magnetic induction measurements”, accepted for publication in Planetary Science Journal, 2023.

  4. C. J. Cochrane, et al., “Single- and Multi-Pass Magnetometric Subsurface Ocean Detection and Characterization in Icy Worlds Using Principal Component Analysis (PCA): Application to Triton”, Earth and Space Science, 2022.

  5. J. C. Castillo-Rogez, M. M. Daswani, C. R. Glein, S. D. Vance, C. J. Cochrane, “Contribution of Non-Water Ices to Salinity and Electrical Conductivity in Ocean Worlds”, Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 49, issue 16, 2022.

  6. M. Styczinski, S. D. Vance, E. M. Harnett, and C. J. Cochrane, “An analytic solution for evaluating the magnetic field induced from an arbitrary, asymmetric ocean world”, Icarus, 2022.

  7. A.S Daigavane, K.L. Wagstaff, C. J. Cochrane, et al., “Time-Series Analysis Methods for Onboard Detection of Magnetic Field Boundary Crossings by Europa Clipper”, IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, 2022.

  8. C.J. Cochrane, S. Vance, T. Nordheim, et al., “In Search of Subsurface Oceans within the Uranian Moons”, JGR Planets, 2021.

  9. L. Liuzzo, C. Paty, C. J. Cochrane, et al., 2021. Triton’s Variable Interaction with Neptune’s Magnetospheric Plasma, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126, 11.

  10. S. D. Vance, M. J. Styczinski, B. G. Bills, C. J. Cochrane, et al, “Magnetic induction responses of Jupiter's ocean moons including effects from adiabatic convection”, JGR Planets, 126, 2, 2021.

  11. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “An FPGA-based signal processor for FMCW Doppler radar and spectroscopy”, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Volume: 58, Issue: 8, 2020.

  12. K. B. Cooper, R. R. Monje, R. J. Dengler, C. J. Cochrane, et al, “A Compact, Low Power Consumption, and Highly Sensitive 95 GHz Doppler Radar”, IEEE Sensors Journal 20 (11), 5865-5875, 2020.

  13. J. Blacksberg, E. Alerstam, C. J. Cochrane, et. al., “A miniature high-speed, low-pulse energy picosecond Raman spectrometer for identification of minerals and organics in planetary science”, Applied Optics, 59 (2), 433-444, 2020.

  14. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Magnetic field sensing with a 4H SiC Diodes”, Materials Science Forum, 924, pp: 988-992, (2018).

  15. K. Cooper, S. Durden, C.J. Cochrane, 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).

  16. 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).

  17. C.J. Cochrane, et. al., “Magnetic field sensing with atomic scale defects in SiC devices”, Materials Science Forum, 858, pp: 265-268, (2016).

  18. J. Blacksberg, E. Alesrstam, Y. Maruyama, C.J. Cochrane, 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)

  19. 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).

  20. C.J. Cochrane, P.M. Lenahan, “Detection of interfacial Pb centers in Si/SiO2 MOSFETs via zero-field spin dependent recombination with observation of precursor pair spin-spin interactions”, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 5, (2013).

  21. C.J. Cochrane, et al., “Spin counting in electrically detected magnetic resonance via low-field defect state mixing”, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 9 (2014).

  22. 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).


Corey Cochrane
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.3054
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