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Morris Cohen received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2010, respectively, and served as a research scientist until August 2013. From September 2012 until August 2013, Dr. Cohen was appointed as AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

In Fall 2013, he joined the faculty in the School of ECE. He is a winner of the NSF CAREER Award in 2017, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2015, and was chosen for the Santimay Basu Prize in 2014, an award given once per 3 years to an under-35 scientist by the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).

Dr. Cohen is interested in the natural electricity of the Earth, including lightning, the electrically charged upper atmosphere, and the radiation-filled space environment. He uses radio waves at low frequencies measured all around the world to understand them, and develops resulting practical applications. His group also works on novel techniques to generate low frequency waves with nonconventional electrically-short antennas. He is an author of more than 60 journal publications. He employs a “flipped classroom” model in some of his courses to make the experience more active and engaging.

He enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling the world for work and play with his family.

  • Radio wave emissions from lightning
  • Advanced signal processing of low frequency radio data
  • Global lightning geolocation, mapping, and characterization
  • Low frequency radio waves in the upper atmosphere and in space
  • Low frequency radio instrumentation
Distinctions & Awards
  • CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2018
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2017
  • 2015 ONR Young Investigator Award
  • 2014 Santimay Basu Prize, International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
  • Associate Editor, Radio Science, 2013-Present
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2012-2013
  • Executive Committee, Atmospheric and Space Electricity Focus Group , American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2013-Present
  • Leadership Award, UN/NASA International Heliophysical Year, April 2010