Jared Leigh Cohon
Carnegie Mellon University
Civil engineer; Governmental advisor; Academic administrator; Educator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Educational and Academic Leadership
President Emeritus University administrator, civil engineer, professor, and government adviser, served as Carnegie Mellon University's eighth president from 1997 to 2013. During his presidency, Carnegie Mellon expanded globally and now offers graduate degree programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and Latin America; an undergraduate campus in Doha, Qatar; a graduate campus in Kigali, Rwanda; and new research institutes and degree programs in California's Silicon Valley. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, he was dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and professor of environmental systems analysis at Yale. Before Yale, he rose through the faculty ranks at Johns Hopkins to become associate dean of engineering and vice provost for research. An expert in environmental systems analysis, Cohon has served the Nation in many roles: as Legislative Assistant to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; as chairman of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review board (appointed by President Bill Clinton); as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama); and as chair of several National Research Council Committees. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.