Josh Cohen | Employee Spotlight
October 25, 2018
I’m a physicist that joined UES this past August to learn about the multitude of ways the Air Force uses the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). I’m also here to provide a physicist’s perspective on the many interesting research projects within our division when necessary. Ultimately, I hope to advise and direct experiments that investigate health effects associated with specific applications of the EMS.
I’m originally from Connecticut, but lived in Boston for 10 years where I did my undergraduate and graduate work. When I’m not thinking about lasers and microwaves, I’m still a pretty big nerd. I really like to learn about various aspects of science and how they might be implemented in the future, particularly things associated with the brain. I also enjoy bike riding, running, weight lifting, softball, cooking, hiking and going to music festivals. Feel free to chat with my about any of these things!
What are your career goals?
Since I just got out of academia my career goals are still quite general. I know that I would like to feel that I am making a meaningful contribution to my team on a day-to-day basis. Also, I would like to always be surprised that it’s the end of the day already.
What achievements are you most proud of?
I earned my PhD in July, which was a long and difficult process filled with many highs, lows, and lots of good people that helped along the way.
What is the best advice you've ever heard?
This is a hard question, but the first thing that comes to mind is a story my mother told me probably a dozen times as a kid. She was in elementary or middle school and the teacher was explaining a new project. At some point my mother asked a question, admitting she didn’t understand something. The whole class burst into laughter – a mortifying prospect for any young student. Fortunately her teacher was clever, and asked the class if anyone would like to explain to Cathy the thing she did not understand. The class fell to silence. I think there are a number of lessons in this story related to being honest with yourself about what you do and do not know, and not being afraid to ask when you do not know something.