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Corey Cochrane

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


Corey is a scientist with primary research interests in the measurement and study of planetary magnetic fields and plasmas. His current research focus involves the detection and characterization of ocean worlds within the solar system via magnetic induction, through the development of next-generation quantum-based magnetometers, novel signal processing methodologies, and strategic design and formulation of future planetary mission concepts, specifically targeted to the moons of the gas and ice giants where magnetic field environments are strong and highly dynamic. Corey came to JPL as a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellow in 2013 after earning his PhD at Penn State University 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.


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

Professional Experience

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, Planetary Interiors and Geophysics - Scientist (2022 – present)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, Advanced Optical and Electro-Mechanical Microsystems – Technologist (2015 – 2022)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, 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)

Research Interests

  • Planetary Magnetic Field Modeling
  • Planetary Interior Induction Modeling
  • Magnetosphere-Moon Interactions
  • Plasma Physics
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPR / NMR / EDMR / ODMR)
  • Raman Spectroscopy

Selected Awards

  • 2022 - JPL Voyager Award – for Europa Clipper spacecraft magnetic field modeling to ensure success of ECM
  • 2022 - NASA Group Achievement Award to 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 for the ECM investigation on Europa Clipper
  • 2019 - Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics Early Career Recognition Alumni Award
  • 2018 - JPL Team Award: for work performed for the ICEMAG investigation on Europa Clipper
  • 2017 - JPL Ed Stone Award: for outstanding research publication and prototype of a 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 for developing a next-geration quantum based magnetometer
  • 2015 - Penn State Electrical Engineering Early Career Recognition Alumni Award
  • 2013 - NASA Postodoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship receipient
  • 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).


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