Carnegie Mellon University
March 25, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon Wins National Engineering Award

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jared cohonPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon has been named the 2011 recipient of the National Engineering Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies. The award recognizes inspirational leadership and tireless devotion to the improvement of engineering education and to the advancement of the engineering profession.
“I am deeply honored to receive the National Engineering Award, and to join such a distinguished company of past recipients,” Cohon said. 
The award, which has been given annually since 1979, also recognizes winners for their work in developing sound public policies. Past winners have included Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and former president of MIT; government leaders such as former Defense Secretary Harold Brown and former directors of the National Science Foundation; and industrial leaders such as Norm Augustine and Robert Noyce. A complete list of winners is located at
Before becoming president of Carnegie Mellon in 1997, Cohon served as dean of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1992 to 1997. He started his teaching and research career in 1973 at Johns Hopkins, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering for 19 years. He also served as assistant and associate dean of engineering and vice provost for research at Johns Hopkins.
An author, coauthor, or editor of one book and more than 80 professional publications, Cohon is an authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis, having worked on water resource problems in the United States, South America and Asia, and on energy facility siting, including nuclear waste shipping and storage. In addition to his academic experience, he served in 1977 and 1978 as legislative assistant for energy and the environment to the Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former United States Senator from New York. President Bill Clinton appointed Cohon to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in 1995 and appointed him as chairman in 1997. His term on the board ended in 2002.

Cohon earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.