Senior research scientist; division head, Plasma Technology Division (Plasma Science and Fusion Center)
areas of expertise: transportation/future vehicles, vehicle emissions control
Daniel Cohn began a career at MIT in 1971 as a research staff member at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory.
He has been involved in a variety of research activities involving use of plasmas for environmental and energy applications. He is currently head of the Plasma Technology Division of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Cohn also holds an appointment as a senior research scientist with the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
He was a consultant in laser-related defense technologies for MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1986-1991. Cohn was a co-founder of Integrated Environmental Technologies, an early stage commercial stage company that provides plasma furnace systems for environmentally protective conversion of hazardous, medical, municipal and other waste into hydrogen and other valuable products. Cohn is a holder of 25 U.S. patents. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Nuclear Society where he served as chairman of the Fusion Division. Cohn was editor of the Journal of Fusion Energy from 1984-1992. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Cohn was a recipient of R&D 100 Awards for environmental technologies in 1994, 1995 and 1998. He was the winner of the Discover Award for Technological Innovation in Transportation in 1999, given for his work on plasma boosted onboard hydrogen generation for environmentally improved internal combustion engines.
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