Milton Cofield has been part of the CMU-Q faculty since 2017.
Milton Cofield has been part of the CMU-Q faculty since 2017.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar mourns Professor Milton Cofield

The Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar community is mourning the loss of Milton Cofield, distinguished service professor of business management, who passed away unexpectedly on April 20, 2022. 

Cofield was recently honored by the CMU-Q business administration students at a year-end gala dinner. The recognition was especially meaningful to Cofield, who was planning to retire after this semester after a career dedicated to education and research. 

To share condolences, kindly visit the funeral home website to view and sign the guestbook. 

Milton Cofield, 1951 – 2022

Milton Cofield was dedicated to education and research throughout his career, particularly undergraduate teaching. He had many interests, and over the decades, he taught and conducted research in a wide spectrum of fields, including management and technology, international management and global business, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 

Born in 1951, Milton graduated magna cum laude with a BS in chemistry from Southern University of Louisiana. He received his MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois in Champaign–Urbana. Milton was a Fulbright Scholar in the Graduate Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at the National Chengchi University of Taipei, Taiwan in 2001.

Before beginning his career in education, he was a senior research scientist in the research laboratories of the Eastman Kodak Company from 1979 to 1990. His areas of interest were magnetism and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, including NMR, EPR and magnetic susceptibility.

Milton joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 2001, serving as executive director and administrative head of the Undergraduate Business Administration program. He also served as regent and vice-chancellor of the New York State Board of Education, and in 2011 he was honored by the New York Senate for a decade of service. 

Milton joined Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar in 2017 as a distinguished service professor in business management. He will be dearly missed by his colleagues and the many students he has taught over the years.

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