Jared Cohon is president emeritus and a university professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where he served as president from 1997 to 2013. He also currently serves on the boards of several companies and nonprofit organizations.
Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Cohon served as dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University from 1992 to 1997. He started his teaching and research career in 1973 at Johns Hopkins University, 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. Mr. Cohon earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a PhD in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.
An author, coauthor, or editor of one book and more than 80 professional publications, Mr. Cohon is an expert on environmental and water resource systems analysis, an interdisciplinary field that combines engineering, economics, and applied mathematics. He has 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 a legislative assistant for energy and the environment to the late Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan, United States Senator from New York. President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Cohon to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in 1995 and appointed him as chairman in 1997.
In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Cohon to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and in 2009 he was reappointed by President Barack Obama. In 2014, Mr. Cohon was appointed co-chair of the congressionally mandated Commission to Review and Evaluate the National Energy Laboratories. He has also chaired several committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, where he currently chairs the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.