Dr. Ron 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. A former astronaut, Sega flew two missions into space on the space shuttle Discovery in 1994 and as payload commander for the third shuttle/Mir docking mission aboard Atlantis in 1996. Dr. Sega serves as Vice President for Energy, the Environment, and Applied Research at the Colorado State University Research Foundation, and is one of the University's champions of clean and renewable energy. Sega also serves as a special advisor to the President on energy and the environment. As the Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, Sega is a leader in developing systems engineering curriculum in collaboration with industry and other universities in the state.
CSU systems engineering professors received a $1 million grant to design techniques for building robust and dependable computing and communications systems capable of withstanding major, unexpected disruptions.