Portrait of Ron Sega


Ron Sega

Emeritus Director of Systems Engineering

Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering


Dr. Ron Sega brings decades of experience in applying academic research to real-world situations. He joined CSU 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. Sega is a leader in developing systems engineering curriculum in collaboration with industry and other universities in the state.


Ph.D. 1982, University of Colorado Boulder – Electrical Engineering

M.S. 1975, Ohio State University – Physics

B.S. 1974, United States Air Force Academy – Mathematics and Physics

Research Interests

  • Model-based systems architecture
  • Energy systems

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 – Air Force Commander’s Award for Public Service
  • 2016 – Colorado Space Hall of Fame
  • 2003 – Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 1997 – NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
  • 1995 – NASA Superior Achievement Award – NASA Director of Operations, Russia
  • 1994, 1996 – NASA Space Flight Medals
  • 1993 – Received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University