Ian Cohen is a current PhD graduate student in the University of New Hampshire Physics Department and Manager of the UNH Observatory. He is currently a research assistant in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Laboratory. His research focuses on sounding rocket experiments that probe auroral emission and try to explain the interaction between the ionosphere. He was also awarded a 2011 Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) fellowship from NASAâ€™s Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2012 he received the Dorothy Kittredge Memorial Fund Scholarship from the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences because of his commitment to community outreach and volunteerism.
Ian received a B.A. in Astronomy & Physics from Boston University, where he was involved with the Boston University Astronomical Society and volunteering at the J.B. Coit Observatory as well as teaching night labs for the Astronomy Department. While attending BU, Ian worked at the Museum of Science, Boston for three years as a Planetarium Program Presenter at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and a staff member at the Gilliland Observatory.