Carnegie Mellon University
September 15, 2014

Sears Awarded Cohon Fellowship

Sears Awarded Cohon Fellowship

PhD candidate Kenneth Sears has recently been awarded the Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering for the 2014-2015 academic year. Sears graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He began his PhD program this fall within the EESS focus area and is co-advised by Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor Greg Lowry and Assistant Professor Costa Samaras.

Sears' doctoral studies focus on the implications of climate change on thermoelectric power plants in the United States. Specifically, he looks at how excess water vapor from Thermoeletcric plants can be captured, condensed and reused. The potential capturing of excess water vapor in power plants will assist in necessary measures for climate change adaptation and provision of future accessible surface water.

"I was truly surprised and honored to receive the award and I'm excited about the research opportunities in the Department. I would like to thank the Cohons for their extreme generosity and service to Carnegie Mellon," he says.

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.

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