Masami Nakagawa

Masami Nakagawa

Associate Professor
Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Nakagawa (Ph.D. Theoretical Mechanics, Cornell University) is associate professor at Colorado School of Mines, has worked with NASA for their space exploration directory for over 10 years, and is now leading the effort to create geothermal educational/research programs at CSM and in the state of Colorado. He was awarded funds from the Governor’s Energy Office to develop a course on geothermal energy at Mines in collaboration with the School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland, with which he was able to offer a truly interdisciplinary course entitled “Geothermal Energy” involving five academic departments, several research centers, and various industrial experts. In May of 2009, he created the Geothermal Academy with its main goal of becoming the focal institution that networks all existing and future geothermal programs. The Academy will help to increase the chance of a successful growth of geothermal energy production through EGS and energy conservation through direct use and applications of ground source heat pumps. In December of 2009, the US Department of Energy (USDOE) awarded a fund for the Geothermal Academy. Dr. Nakagawa is now involved in several USDOE funded geothermal projects at CSM. He held a joint appointment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), he works with an NGO in Indonesia on micro-hydro projects, and now he is a visiting professor with the Bolivian Catholic University at La Paz. He has given a series of lectures in Peru and Bolivia on Energy and Sustainable Development. He is now focused on a new vision for an Energy Institute for South America.