Jared L. Cohon-Engineering and Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon University

Jared L. Cohon

University Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy

Director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

President Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Scott Hall 5115
Phone: (412) 268-6931
Research Interests: Environmental systems analysis; development and application of optimization tools for large-scale natural resource and environmental problems; algorithms for multi-objective programming problems.


  • Carnegie Mellon 1997-
Professor Cohon was previously the President of Carnegie Mellon University, the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.


  • Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973.
  • M.S. (Civil Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972.
  • B.S. (Civil Engineering), University of Pennsylvania, 1969.


Professor Cohon is interested in environmental systems analysis, especially the development and application of optimization tools for large-scale natural resource and environmental problems. Most of his theoretical work has focused on algorithms for multi-objective programming problems and systems methods for integrating engineering, economics and politics in public environmental decision making. He has worked most on water resource problems, energy and waste problems.


  1. O. J. Schmitz, J. L. Cohon, K. D. Rothley and A. P. Beckerman, "Reconciling Variability and Optimal Behavior Using Multiple Criteria in Optimality," Evolutionary Ecology, 1996.
  2. R. S. Solanki, P. A. Appino and J. L. Cohon, "Approximating the Noninferior Set in Multiobjective Linear Programming Problems," European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 68, no. 3, pp. 356-373, 1993.
  3. C. S. ReVelle, J. L. Cohon and D. Shobrys, "Simultaneous Siting and Routing in the Disposal of Hazardous Wastes," Transportation Science, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 138-145, 1992.