Dr. John "Jack" Mason is the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business. He is an executive, consultant, researcher and educator with more than 40 years of technical and management experience in energy/technology businesses.
Dr. Mason has a range of business experience including startup, turn-around, organizational restructuring, and performance improvement. His many management positions include having served as president of TENERA, a 350-person, $50 million public firm that provided energy facility engineering, power plant design, safety analysis, and other services to industry clients and the Department of Energy. He has worked within utility, commercial, industrial, academic, as well as system and service provider organizations.
His academic background includes a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and a doctor of science in engineering from MIT. As a Sloan Fellow, he studied with managers and executives from 25 countries, interacted with dozens of Global 500 company executives, and conducted research in France, Germany, Japan and the U.S.
He leads the Entrepreneurial Studies Program in curriculum design and delivery, student advising, faculty selection and evaluation, and teaching. In his program leadership role, Dr. Mason maintains linkage to the business community, other A.J. Palumbo disciplines, and the other schools at Duquesne to promote entrepreneurial activity and student opportunities.
Dr. Mason's research interests include sustainability, energy conservation, organizational performance, and responsible investing.