Daniel Jacobs

Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Danny Jacobs is a physicist who specializes in instrumentation and data analysis, particularly in the areas of low frequency radio astronomy and small satellites. Currently he is most curious about the first half billion years of cosmic time which is probed by the 21cm line of hydrogen, a new window on the formation of the first stars and another handle on early cosmological evolution visible to radio telescopes operating below 200MHz. Danny has developed several large telescopes in the remote northern desert of South Africa, far from human interference. In addition Professor Jacobs maintains an interest in space-based instrumentation both developing new instruments and building entire spacecraft. Current projects range from space-based radio arrays to exoplanet astronomy.


Graduating from New Mexico Tech with a BS in Physics and Astrophysics Danny went to graduate school in the Physics Department at Montana State University where he worked as a Project Manager in the Space Sciences and Engineering Lab.  From Montana he moved on to University of Pennsylvania where he finished with a PhD in Physics writing his thesis on first results from the Precision Array for Probing the Epoch of Reioniziation.


Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 405 Explo Systems Engineering
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 494 Special Topics
SES 598 Special Topics