Jared L. Cohon started his academic career at Johns Hopkins where he rose through the academic ranks and served in administrative positions from 1973 to 1992, when he left for Yale where he was dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies until 1997.

Cohon served as Carnegie Mellon's eighth president from 1997 to 2013. During that time, the University made progress on many fronts, including teaching and research, international activities, diversity and economic development in southwest Pennsylvania. He now holds the title of President Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon, is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is affiliated with the Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

He has worked on large-scale water problems in Argentina, China, India, and the U.S. and on energy facility issues, especially nuclear waste. He serves on several government, non-profit, and corporate boards. In 2014 and 2015, he co-chaired the Commission to Review and Evaluate the National Energy Laboratories.



1973 Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1972 MS, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1969 BS, Civil Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Media mentions


Cohon quoted on water access in PA

CEE/EPP’s Jared Cohon was quoted in TRIB Live on the wide disparity in water prices across Western Pennsylvania.

The Hill

Cohon op-ed published on innovation and competition act

President Emeritus Jared Cohon published an op-ed in The Hill on the proposed Innovation and Competition Act currently being reviewed by Congress.

Bloomberg Environment

Cohon, Robinson, and Muller published in Bloomberg Environment about natural gas extraction

CEE/EPP’s Jared Cohon, EPP’s Nicholas Muller, and MechE Head Allen Robinson published a letter about the costs of gas extraction in Bloomberg Environment.

CNBC Africa, The Independent

Cohon quoted on CMU-Africa master's students

CEE/EPP’s Jared Cohon was interviewed by CNBC Africa and spoke on how the master’s students at CMU’s African campus may shape African economies and policy discussions.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Cohon to receive PA Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award

CEE’s Jared L. Cohon was awarded the PA Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes his devotion to promoting innovative environmental efforts.

The Hill

Cohon discusses effects of Trump’s budget on 17 National Labs

CEE/EPP’s Jared Cohon co-wrote an article with previous DOE secretary TJ Glauthier in The Hill about Trump’s new budget, which poses a threat to research in energy and innovation.

Engineering faculty respond to U.S. withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Engineering faculty members including EPP’s Jay Apt, Inês Azevedo, and Granger Morgan, CEE’s Jared Cohon, ChemE/EPP’s Neil Donahue, MechE’s Allen Robinson, and MSE/EPP’s Jay Whitacre expressed their concern about the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in a statement published on Carnegie Mellon’s website

Trib Live

Mayor Peduto taps Cohon for PWSA’s “blue ribbon panel”

CEE/EPP’s Jared Cohon is one of eight members of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s newly formed “blue ribbon panel.” The panel, comprised of local political, energy, academic, and business professionals, is tasked with bringing improvement to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.