Brian Cohen is a fire engineer working for an engineering, design and consulting firm in the city. He is from Frederick County, Maryland, a rural suburb located about an hour west of Baltimore and an hour north of Washington, DC. Brian moved to New York City in early November and lives in the Battery Park area.
Brian grew up surrounded by University of Maryland alums and decided to continue the family tradition. Fear the Turtle! His initial plan was to study chemical engineering and then work for the government in some top-secret underground facility where he couldn’t disclose any of his work, but after a few months realized that was just an elaborate dream and that chemical engineering wasn’t for him. In the fall semester of his sophomore year, Brian changed his major to fire protection engineering, which is a combination of chemical and mechanical engineering. After four years, he finished with an undergraduate degree in fire protection engineering and decided to stay on for another 18 months to complete his master’s degree. His thesis was on the topic of generating fire whirls/tornadoes as a method for removing oil spills on bodies of water. It required a lot of work, but was ultimately enjoyable and allowed Brian to use a lot of neat lab equipment.
Brian enjoys tutoring and helping others learn and excel with new concepts. He has taught basic Hebrew to 1st and 2nd graders at the local synagogue for several years and more recently was a teaching assistant for several engineering classes. Brian has also helped lead study groups and test preparation circles as a student where he learned that collaboration is one of the keys to a successful environment.