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Contact: Teresa Thomas,

For immediate release:
June 12, 2002

Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon Appointed to National Homeland Security Advisory Council

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon has been appointed to the national Homeland Security Advisory Council, a panel of experts from outside the federal government assembled to provide President George W. Bush with advice on homeland security matters.

Council members are drawn from state and local government, the private sector, education and public policy, and nonprofit organizations. They will be asked to provide input to the President on developing and coordinating the implementation of a comprehensive national strategy to increase America's security.

Cohon is a nationally recognized authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis, a discipline that combines engineering, economics and applied mathematics. He is chairman of the federal Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and a member of the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, which focuses on U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council. I look forward to contributing my experience in environmental engineering and management, as well as helping to represent the tremendous wealth of talent that exists in America's universities."

Cohon recently was named one of Pittsburgh's "Top 50" business leaders by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is a co-chair of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a consortium aimed at building the region's biotechnology industry and adding 5,000 new jobs, and the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, which has a similar mission for the information technology sector.

Cohon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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