Carnegie Mellon University

Jared L. Cohon

Jared L. Cohon

University Professor, Engineering and Public Policy
President Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Carnegie Mellon 1997-

Professor Cohon served as the President of Carnegie Mellon from 1997 until 2013. Before that he was Dean of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale (1992-1997) and on the faculty and in the administration at Johns Hopkins (1973-1992). He serves on the board of five non-profit organizations and two corporations. Among his extensive service for the U.S. government and the National Academies, he chaired the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (1997-2002), co-chaired the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Laboratories (2015-2016), and currently chairs the Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.


  • 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 policy in public environmental decision making. He has worked most on water resource, energy and waste problems.


  1. E.N. Mayfield, A.L. Robinson and J.L. Cohon, “Systems-wide and Superemitter Policy Options for the Abatement of Methane Emissions from the US Natural Gas System,” Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 51, no. 9, pp 4772-4780, 2017.
  2. 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.
  3. R.S. Solanski, 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.
  4. 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.

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.