So, a professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies walks into an Energy Institute. What happens next…? We’ll all find out March 26, when Ralph Smith introduces CSU’s Energy Institute Associate Director and research anthropologist Mac McGoldrick who will give us an update on the Institute and the new LEED Platinum Powerhouse...


Last October CSU announced the Energy Institute, an extensive network of researchers, research programs and centers, spanning all eight CSU colleges, and a global network of public and private partners. Today CSU has over 160 faculty developing energy technologies, exploring the economics, environmental, and sociological impacts of energy use, and proposing energy policy solutions.

The Institute intends to increasing collaboration with industry and governmental partners, creating new research and educational opportunities for CSU faculty and students while growing the impact, reach, and reputation of CSU’s energy research and education.

Mac McGoldrick came to CSU in 2002, and joined the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory in 2006. He earned his BS in International Relations and Japanese from Villanova University and MA from Cornell University in East Asian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies. In addition to his role at the Lab, Mac is Adjunct Instructor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, where he has taught variety of courses on Asian religions. As Operations Manager, Mac is responsible for facilities management and human resources, and works very closely with all of the companies and projects at the Lab: Envirofit, Solix, Spirae, and VanDyne Superturbo. His wife Rebecca teaches 3rd Grade at Shepardson Elementary, and he spends winters cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and playing with his three dogs: Eliot, Oliver and Yeshe Norbu.