Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


Office: Powerhouse 259, Scott 314, Engineering A111
Phone: 970-491-4770

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Dr. Jason Quinn

Director, Sustainability Research Laboratory


Operating Director, Energy Institute

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Quinn is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado State University and the Operating Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. His education and research have always been centered on energy, with current work focused on techno-economic assessment, life cycle assessment, and system optimization. This skill set is currently being applied to a variety of emerging technologies including microalgae biofuels, desert southwest agriculture, small modular nuclear systems, electrified transportation, waste to energy, and electrical grid energy storage. Research efforts are dedicated to the development of engineering system models validated through experimentation and leveraged for techno-economic feasibility, life cycle assessment, and resource demand of emerging technologies.  Results from modeling work are used to focus research and development efforts to high impact areas.  Dr. Quinn completed a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in nuclear engineering and engineering physics, and a Ph.D. at Colorado State University.


  • Ph.D. 2011, Colorado State University—Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison—Nuclear Engineering


Research Interests

  • Techno-Economic Viability of Emerging Technologies
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Technologies
  • Fundamental Sustainability Methodology
  • Microalgae Biofuel Systems
  • Energy System Evaluation and Optimization

Honors and Awards

  • Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Rockwell-Anderson Professorship, 2019
  • Colorado State University Mechanical Engineering Energizer Bunny Award, 2019