Daniel Cohan


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 past member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team.

Research Areas

Photochemical modeling; atmospheric sensitivity analysis; pollutant impacts on human health and vegetation; environmental policy and management


2004 Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Thesis: “Photochemical formation and cost-efficient abatement of ozone: High-order sensitivity analysis” Minor: Transportation Policy and Economics

1998 B.A., Applied Mathematics Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Teaching Areas

CEVE/ESCI/ENST 307, “Energy and the Environment” (Spring 2007-2019)

CEVE 411/511, “Atmospheric Processes” (Fall 2008, 2009, 2011-2017, 2019)

MLSC 553, “Solving the Climate Challenge” (Fall 2017)

CEVE 611, “Advanced Topics in Air Pollution” (Fall 2007)