Carnegie Mellon University
October 25, 2013

Marks Named Recipient of Cohon Fellowship

Marks Named Recipient of Cohon Fellowship
PhD candidate Marguerite Marks has recently been awarded the Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Marguerite graduated with honors from Portland State University, receiving dual Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering. She began her PhD program this fall as a member of Professor Peter Adams’ air quality research group.

Her doctoral studies focus on using air quality models to investigate the effects of atmospheric particulate matter on global climate. Small particles in the atmosphere (also known as atmospheric aerosols) reflect sunlight back into space, offsetting global warming; however, some of these particles can absorb solar radiation, which adds to global warming. Certain particles are very effective at serving as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN), and this "aerosol indirect effect" (particulate-induced changes in cloud properties) is the largest source of uncertainty in climate models. Marks will use satellite and ground-level measurements to improve the representation of cloud condensation nuclei in a global climate model and to understand natural sources of CCN.

“The support that I have received at Carnegie Mellon University has been wonderful,” said Marks. “Especially in light of recent cuts in federal research spending, I really appreciate the generosity of the Cohons in funding student research.”

Through a generous gift to the Inspire Innovation Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University, President Jared Cohon and his wife Maureen Cohon established in 2009 the Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The fund established with their gift is used to provide research support fellowships to deserving graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering who are specializing in environmental engineering.  At the request of the Cohons, the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research manages the fellowship program in consultation with the Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering.