An energy champion for CSU's green programs


Ron Sega is the Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment and Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering. Sega led the Air Force team that received the overall "Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management" for the U.S. government for fiscal year 2006.

Leadership in clean energy research

Sega's appointment at Colorado State formally recognizes longtime leadership in clean energy research and its push to take that research to market.

As the Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, Sega is working to build a systems engineering program in collaboration with industry and other universities in the state. Systems engineering addresses complex systems in such areas as aerospace, energy, environment, natural resources and bioscience/health.

Applying academic research to real-world situations

Sega brings decades of experience in applying academic research to real-world situations. He joined Colorado State from the U.S. government, where he served as Under Secretary of the Air Force.

The university's commitment to being a leader in clean energy and sustainability research includes the addition of an enterprise arm of its Clean Energy Supercluster, named CENERGY, to more rapidly facilitate technology transfer of research out of the laboratory into the commercial marketplace. More than 100 faculty members in all eight colleges are involved in developing and disseminating market-driven solutions to address some of the world's toughest environmental problems — from creating clean-burning two-stroke engines to helping developing nations create sustainable enterprises.

A former astronaut, Sega flew two missions into space on Space Shuttle Discovery in 1994 and as payload commander for the third shuttle/Mir docking mission aboard Atlantis in 1996.

CSU and The Ohio State University create shared leadership position

In September 2010, a unique agreement united two national research powerhouses — Colorado State University and The Ohio State University — in a shared leadership position to explore energy and environment-related research and economic development opportunities. Ron Sega filled the three-year position called the Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment.

Between the two land-grant universities, more than 500 faculty members are researching areas of energy and the environment. Sega will help the institutions work together to identify and lead potential national initiatives and economic development opportunities and will also look for opportunities for collaboration between the universities.