Carnegie Mellon University
June 02, 2014

Cohon Receives Carnegie Science Center Chairman’s Award

Cohon Receives Carnegie Science Center Chairman’s Award
President Emeritus and CEE University Professor Jared Cohon and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg recently received the 2014 Carnegie Science Center Chairman’s Award to honor their profound impact on scientific growth in the Pittsburgh region.

This award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in science, leadership, commitment, or achievement. Cohon and Nordenberg’s hard work has helped to create joint degree programs and research initiatives between CMU and Pitt that have attracted and educated world-class researchers. “In each case, we can take advantage of the respective strengths of each university to the benefit of both,” says Cohon.

They have also co-chaired and helped to found several successful research centers including the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, which helps to support life sciences companies and create jobs around the area. Centers like these consistently receive funding to conduct cutting-edge research that has helped to make Pittsburgh a regional leader in scientific and technological innovation. 

Cohon notes that his warm personal relationship with Nordenberg was instrumental in sustaining their professional partnership. “CMU and Pitt are two very different universities. The friendship we forged was always something we could fall back on when things got tough.”  But though negotiating the collaboration wasn’t always easy, Cohon says it was extremely fulfilling. “It was certainly one of the highlights of my presidency personally—and I believe also institutionally and regionally.”

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