Carnegie Mellon University

Jared Cohon

Jared Cohon

President Emeritus and University Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Jared 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.

Dr. 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 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.


PhD 1973 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS 1972 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS 1969 - University of Pennsylvania


Research Group: AIS EESS

Areas of Interest

  • Water resource systems analysis
  • Environmental and energy systems and policy
  • Multiple criteria decision making
  • Environmental modeling 


Cohon, J.L. (2003), Multiobjective Programming and Planning, Dover Publications (originally published by Academic Press in 1978)

Solanki, R.S., Appino, P.A., and Cohon, J.L. (1993), “Approximating the Noninferior Set in Multiobjective Linear Programming Problems”, European Journal of Operational Research, 68:356-373.

ReVelle, C.S., Cohon, J.L., and Shobrys, D. (1992), “Simultaneous Siting and Routing in the Disposal of Hazardous Wastes”, Transportation Science, 25:138-145.

Palmer, R.N., Smith, J.L., Cohon, J.L., and ReVelle, C.S. (1982), “Reservoir Management in the Potomac River Basin”, Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division ASCE, 108:47-66.

Cohon, J.L. and Marks, D.H. (1973), “Multiobjective Screening Models and Water Resource Investment”, Water Resource Research, 9:826-836.

Recent Awards

  • 2013: conferred honorary doctorate, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2013: conferred honorary doctorate, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2013: named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can achieve
  • 2012: elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions granted to an engineer
  • 2012: conferred honorary doctorate, Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology
  • 2011: receives the National Engineering Award from American Association of Engineering Societies
  • 2009: named Distinguished Member, American Society of Civil Engineering