In a unique agreement that brings together two national research powerhouses, Colorado State University and The Ohio State University have created a shared leadership position to explore energy and environment-related research and economic development opportunities. The three-year position, called the Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment, will be filled by Ron Sega, who currently serves Colorado State as Vice President for Energy and the Environment and Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering.
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.
Caroline Whitacre, Vice President for Research at Ohio State, says this unique dual appointment brings tremendous power from two regions of the country around the topic of energy and its impact on the environment. Bill Farland, Vice President for research at Colorado State says both schools have unique attributes but also some complementary programs that could benefit from collaboration and joint funding opportunities.