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Former Carnegie Mellon President to Speak on Globalization of Engineering Education, Apr. 15 at Clarkson University

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson University is proud to announce that Carnegie Mellon University President Emeritus and University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy Jared L. Cohon will speak on "Globalization of Engineering Education."

His presentation will take place on Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in Clarkson's Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213 (#20 on the map at A reception will precede the lecture at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Jared L. CohonIn the abstract of his presentation, Cohon says, “Every aspect of engineering education in American universities has become international in character over the last two decades. The number of international students has increased dramatically. Our curricula now incorporate explicit international content and experiences. And, some American universities have created partnerships, programs and even campuses in other countries. During this same period, the practice of engineering has become thoroughly globalized. I was president of Carnegie Mellon during much of the last two decades. I will appeal to that experience to offer reflections on the challenges and opportunities that globalization presents to American universities.”

Cohon will also deliver another lecture later that day for the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty, students and invited guests on "Collaboration and Research in Shale Gas Development."

In his abstract for that lecture, Cohon says, “Hydraulic fracturing has made accessible huge amounts of natural gas held in deep shale formations. Recently, the Marcellus Shale and even more recently the Utica Shale have been developed rapidly in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. These formations also extend into New York, but the State has maintained a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing. In this talk, I will review the state of shale gas development in the Marcellus formation and the risks associated with it. I will also use my experience with two initiatives to talk about research needs and opportunities for collaboration between industry and the environmental community.”

Cohon is University Professor in the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves as director of the university’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. He served as the president of Carnegie Mellon from 1997 to 2013.

He was a professor of geography and environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University from 1973 to 1992, where he also served as vice provost for research from 1986 to 1992, associate dean of engineering from 1983 to 1986, and assistant dean of engineering from 1981 to 1983. Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he served as dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and professor of environmental systems analysis at Yale University from 1992 to 1997.

Cohon also served as legislative assistant for energy and environment on the staff of U.S. Senator Moynihan from 1977 to 1978. In January 1995, Cohon was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. In 1997, he assumed the role of chairman of the board, a position he held until 2002. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, on which he served from 2002 to 2013.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has served on several committees and boards for the National Academies and the federal government. He chaired the committee that produced the 2010 report “The Hidden Costs of Energy.” From 2012 to 2015, he chaired the Committee on the Fuel Economy of Light Duty Vehicles, Phase II. In 2014 and 2015, he co-chaired the congressionally mandated Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories. Cohon serves on the boards of three public companies and four non-profit organizations, including the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which he chairs.

Cohon is a national authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis and is the author, co-author or editor of more than 80 professional publications. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He will be the 13th Distinguished Lecturer in Clarkson University's New Horizons in Engineering series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

Read more about the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at .

For more information, please contact Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at .

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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