College of Engineering

Endowed Chairs

xinfeng_gao[1]Rockwell/Anderson Assistant Professorship – Xinfeng Gao

Xinfeng Gao joined Colorado State University in August 2011 as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the University, she was a postdoctoral scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with two groups: the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group and the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering. She earned her Ph. D. in aerospace sciences and engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2008.

Xinfeng is leading a CFD and propulsion group with a primary focus on advancing CFD algorithms and their application to the design, analysis, and optimization of practical low-emission and high-efficiency chemical propulsion systems. Her research group has strong interactions with national laboratories and aerospace industries. She is a lifetime member in American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

tom_chen[1]Engineering Business Challenge Professorship – Tom Chen

Prior to joining the Colorado State University College of Engineering, Tom Chen spent three years as a technical staff member at Philips Semiconductor in Europe, conducting research and product development of VLSI devices. Dr. Chen then joined the faculty at New Jersey Institute of Technology pursuing the similar research in VLSI technology.

Dr. Chen’s research interests include novel VLSI architectures in computation and signal processing, VLSI design, CAD techniques for VLSI design, VLSI/WSI architectures, and computer architectures for machine perception.

jeff_niemann[1]Abraham B. and Jean M. Faoro Professorship in Water Resources – Jeff Niemann

Dr. Jeffrey Niemann is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Faoro Professor of Water Resources. He earned a B.S. with high distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on hydrology and water resources.

Dr. Niemann has extensive international experience. He has traveled to more than 30 countries on six continents. He worked at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria and has consulted on EPA projects to assess climate change impacts on water resources in Nepal and Bangladesh.

He has active research collaborations with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile. He has chaired the University’s International Development Studies Board and has contributed to several projects to improve the drinking water, irrigation, and wastewater systems for rural communities in Kenya, Gabon, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

ken_reardon[1]Judson M. and Patricia A. Harper College Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Ken Reardon

Dr. Ken Reardon joined the College of Engineering in 1988 after a year of postdoctoral research at the University at Hannover in Germany as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow. Since that time he has developed a research program in four areas. Most of his group’s work is environmental biotechnology, particularly bioremediation. The goals of these projects are to improve our understanding of microbial degradation of hazardous compounds (often with the use of molecular biological and proteomic methods) and to develop better processes for cleanup of contaminated air, water, and soil.

A second research topic is the design of biosensors for environmental contaminants and toxicity. In collaboration with colleagues in environmental health, Dr. Reardon conducts research in the area of quantitative toxicology. His fourth research topic is the development of innovative bioreactor strategies for products such as biosurfactants.

Dr. Reardon holds joint appointments in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.

ron_sega[1]Woodward Professorship in Systems Engineering – Ron Sega

Dr. Ron Sega brings decades of experience in applying academic research to real-world situations. He joined Colorado State University from the U.S. Government, where he served as undersecretary 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.

During his appointment as director of defense research and engineering from 2001 to 2005 at the U.S. Department of Defense, Sega focused his efforts on three areas of emphasis: energy and power, aerospace, and knowledge and surveillance. While he served as the director of defense research and engineering, the science and technology budget grew by 40 percent to $10.5 billion in 2005 from $7.5 billion in 2001.

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 adviser to the president on energy and the environment. 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.

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.

Chairs Currently Open:

  • George T. Abell College Chair
  • H. Short Infrastructure College Chair