About Me

Dan Cogswell

I am a research scientist at a Saudi Aramco research lab in Cambridge, MA, where I am developing models of fluid flow in porous materials and helping to code the next generation of reservoir simulators. Previously I developed multiscale models for batteries and electrochemical systems at Samsung Electronics. My research interests include phase-field modeling, phase transformations, microstructural pattern formation, electrokinetics, scientific computation, and numerical methods.

Before Samsung I was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, where I worked with Martin Bazant in the Department of Chemical Engineering developing electrokinetic phase-field models of the phase-separating behavior of lithium iron phosphate nanoparticles. I received my doctoral degree in the Department of Materials Science Engineering at MIT, under the supervision of W. Craig Carter, where I developed a thermodynamic phase-field model for microstructures with an arbitrary number of components and phases.

Cathedral Trail, Mt Katahdin, 2009

Mt Katahdin

I was an undergraduate at Northwestern University, where I received a degree in Materials Science and a degree in Computer Science. It was in the Voorhees lab at Northwestern that I was first introduced to phase-field modeling. I played trumpet in the Northwestern University Marching (NUMB) for 4 years, and am an avid college football fan.

"The Chute" at Tuckerman's Ravine, NH

Tuckerman’s Ravine

Studying science is special to me because allows us to glimpse a small part of the mind of God.  I am a follower of Christ Jesus, and a member of Park Street Church in Boston.  I believe in the authority of scripture, the depravity of man, and the saving grace of God.  I believe that the purpose of life is to love and obey God.

I love spending time outdoors. Experiencing nature is one of the few ways that I can forget about the stresses of everyday life and re-focus. My absolute favorite thing to do is ski.  I started when I was 3, and I’m a complete addict. Much of this website is devoted to skiing.  My life’s dream is to live and work in a ski town and ski every day, but that dream is a long way off.  In the warmer months, Courtney and I enjoy hiking and backpacking, and we are in the process of hiking all of the New England 4000-footers.

Here is a video of mogul skiing at Vail in 2008: