Tyler Cocker

Tyler  Cocker
  • Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics
  • Established through a gift from Randolph and Elaine Cowen
  • Physics and Astronomy


Tyler Cocker is the Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics, and an assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy in the College of Natural Science. As the Principal Investigator in the Ultrafast Terahertz Nanoscopy Laboratory, he leads a team that’s studying ultrafast dynamics on the nano and atomic scales, with the goal of informing future work on nanotechnology and molecular electronics.

Before joining the Physics and Astronomy faculty at MSU, Cocker spent five years working with Prof. Rupert Huber at the University of Regensburg, first as a postdoctoral researcher, then as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and finally as a Junior Group Leader. He also held a Visiting Researcher position at ARCNL in Amsterdam, hosted by Prof. Paul Planken. Tyler did his Ph.D. work with Prof. Frank Hegmann at the University of Alberta, graduating in 2012.

Learn more about the Cocker Group and their work in the ultrafast terahertz nanoscopy laboratory, and learn more about the early history of the Cowen Chair.