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Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

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. 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. Dr. Cohan is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER young investigator award and was a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team. He is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and the book, Confronting Climate Gridlock: How Diplomacy, Technology, and Policy Can Unlock a Clean Energy Future.


  • –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