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New Duquesne Entrepreneurial Studies Director Focuses on Ethics, Sustainability

Dr. John "Jack" Mason has joined Duquesne University's Palumbo•Donahue School of Business as director of entrepreneurial studies.

An executive, consultant, researcher, and educator with more than 40 years of technical and management experience in energy/technology businesses, Mason brings a portfolio including startups, turn-arounds, and merger and performance improvement. His many management positions include serving as president of TENERA, a 350-person, $50 million public firm that provides energy facility engineering, power plant design, safety analysis and other services to industry clients and the Department of Energy. 

Mason's perspective has been shaped by work within utility, commercial, industrial, academic, as well as system and service provider organizations. His background as a U.S. Naval Academy graduate expanded to include 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. A Sloan Fellow, Mason studied with managers and executives from 25 countries, interacted with several dozen global 500 company executives, and conducted research in France, Germany, Japan and the U.S.

He retains many contacts from MIT as well as more recent positions in Colorado, working with startups and as faculty for the University of Colorado's Global Energy Management program. He is principal of Mason Energy + Management, a consulting firm that provides energy efficiency programs for commercial buildings.  

Mason's experiences in ethics and sustainability issues provide a powerful combination for guiding entrepreneurial studies and dovetailing with other business programs.

One of his first priorities will be to invite comments and collaborative possibilities from across campus as well as the business and startup community. He envisions expanding connections between entrepreneurial studies and other disciplines, enhancing all programs while providing students with increased opportunities.

"Besides raising the visibility of our entrepreneurial studies, I would like to reach out to see how we can help to make the startup community in Pittsburgh stronger," Mason said. "I'm also interested in 'intraprenuer' programs, developing the spirit and skill set of startups within established companies."

A Pittsburgh native, Mason inherits a strong and growing program in its second decade with a primary focus on undergraduate education and developing opportunities at the graduate level.

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