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Biography of Ron Sega

Ron Sega biography

Ron Sega brings decades of experience in applying academic research to real-world situations. Before joining Colorado State University in 2007, he served as Under Secretary of the Air Force where he led a team responsible for $100 million in energy-related savings and cost avoidance in 2006, providing leadership on a comprehensive strategy for improving conservation and reducing energy use. Sega's team was honored by President George W. Bush for promoting and improving federal energy management. The team won the overall Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for such achievements as savings of 3.3 trillion Btu in fiscal year 2006 - enough for the annual household energy needs of a city the size of Boulder, Colo.

Beginning with his 2001 appointment as Director of Defense Research and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Defense, Sega has focused his efforts on three areas of emphasis: energy and power, aerospace, and knowledge and surveillance. While he served as the Director of Defense, the science and technology budget grew by 40 percent to $10.5 billion in 2005 from $7.5 billion in 2001. Sega previously had served as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs from 1996 to 2001.

In his three years at Colorado State, Sega has served as Vice President of Energy and the Environment for the Colorado State University Research Foundation, a private, non-profit advocacy organization for the university, and as the Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering. He also served as special adviser to the president on Energy and the Environment.

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. He received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his master’s degree from The Ohio State University and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.