Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering and Faculty Scholar at Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Member of NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team. National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Faculty Scholar, Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. Faculty Fellow, Rice Center for Teaching Excellence.

Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His research specializes in the development of photochemical models and their application to air quality management, uncertainty analysis, energy policy, and health impact studies. Before joining Rice, Dr. Cohan worked for the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Georgia Tech, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia at the Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. Dr. Cohan is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER young investigator award and a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Rice University


  • 2004 
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences
  • 1998 
    Harvard University, B.A. Applied Mathematics

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education