Carnegie Mellon University

Don Coffelt

Don Coffelt (E 2008)

Associate Vice President, Facilities Management & Campus Services

Dr. Donald Coffelt serves as the associate vice president for Facilities Management and Campus Services at Carnegie Mellon University.  His 400-member team provides the facility services, infrastructure management, utility operations, sustainability practices and auxiliary services required to support the university’s 150-acre Pittsburgh campus.  Don also holds a concurrent appointment as an Adjunct Professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he passionately promotes access to university facilities for education and research – “The University as a Lab".

From 1985 through 2013, Don served in a wide range of leadership assignments as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard completing his 28-year career at the rank of Captain.  

In addition to his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, Don is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and licensed as a professional engineer in Alaska and Pennsylvania.  His published works include a graduate-level textbook, Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management.  Active in community service, Don also serves on several boards including the executive board of the Andrew Carnegie Society.

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