Daniel Jacobs

Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus
Asst Professor
TEMPE Campus


Danny Jacobs performs research focused on the detection and characterization of 21cm
fluctuations in the early universe and developing future high-performance radio arrays capable of precision
cosmology. He is a co-I of the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array, a ground based precursor to the
Cosmic Dawn Mapper, where he serves as Commissioning Scientist. He is the PI of the External Calibrator
for Hydrogen Observatories (ECHO; Jacobs et al. 2017), an unmanned airborne calibration transmitter. Prof.
Jacobs is the Systems Engineer for the Star-Planet Activity Research Cubesat (SPARCS), a smallsat UV
telescope scheduled for launch in 2021 to characterize the statistics of flares from M-dwarf stars, faculty advisor to student cubesat projects, and director of ASU’s smallsat ground station.

Danny was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska graduating from Central High School, where he was captain of the Debate Squad. He has lived with his small family in Montana, Pennsylvania, and twice in New Mexico.


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.

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Research Group

Danny is a member of the low frequency cosmology group (loco.lab.asu.edu) which is a subset of the SESE larger radio group.


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