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Richard Mignogna

Consultant, educator, researcher in energy and technology management


I am presently a Senior Engineer and Senior Authority for Renewable Energy on the Staff of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission where my principal responsibilities center on the assessment of renewable and other alternative energy technologies and markets and the analysis of legislative and policy initiatives to promote clean energy generation. From 1987 through 2004, I led a small technology management consulting firm focused especially on technology forecasting & assessment, due diligence, strategic technology planning, industry analysis, and science & technology intelligence analysis. With two engineering degrees from the Colorado School of Mines (B.Sc. and M.S.), P.E. registration in two states, and two business degrees (M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Colorado) I have developed a broad technology background and the ability to lead efforts that require one to move freely between technical and business domains.

From 1992 through 1994, I served as director of the master's degree program in the Management of Technology (MoT) at the University of Denver where I led a team of two dozen adjunct faculty members and support staff. This program emphasized the development and deployment of emerging technologies as well as the strategic and operational management of technology intensive firms. An important component of this position was marketing the program to the technology intensive firms that comprised our target market. I later served as director of the technology commercialization program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and its parent, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado where I was responsible for marketing laboratory developed technologies and products to industrial colleagues in the commercial sector.

My teaching/training experience includes positions in academia and as a provider of training to professionals in custom and public workshops dealing with various technology management functions. The customers for the latter training offerings represented firms from around the world in many different industries. My workshops on Technological Forecasting for S&T Intelligence attracted numerous technology managers throughout industry, government, and academia both domestically and abroad. Some of the topics highlighted in these courses included technology trend analysis, other extrapolative and normative forecasting techniques, and a variety of decision analysis/operations research models applied to technology analysis and strategic technology planning. My numerous speaking engagements in the field of technology assessment are listed at the end of this resume.

Work experience

Nov 2005Present

Professional Engineer & Senior Authority on Renewable Energy

Colorado Public Utilities Commission

I presently serve as the PUC’s Senior Authority on renewable and alternative energy where my role is to advise the Commission on matters related to the deployment of renewable and emerging alternative energy technologies in Colorado. In this capacity I regularly monitor and advise the commission on the marketplace, strategic, and policy implications of new developments in alternative energy technology. As a member of the Trial Staff of the Energy Section at the PUC, I frequently serve as the lead expert witness in litigated proceedings conducted before the Commission, many of which center on evaluating the business case supporting new resource acquisitions with NPVs well into the hundreds of millions of dollars. These assignments have included both technical due diligence and financial modeling in addition to regulatory and statutory compliance matters.



Colorado School of Mines

Specialization in rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering.  M.Sc. thesis concerned modified in situ methods for oil shale recovery.


University of Colorado

Doctorate in Business Administration majoring in Operations Management/Operations Research with a minor in Manufacturing Engineering.  Doctoral dissertation concerned LP-optimization based approaches to pattern classification and discriminant analysis.  This research was applied to sonar signal identification for submarine detection, breast cancer diagnosis, and first-break seismic analysis.


Licensed Professional Engineer

State of Wyoming

Licensed Professional Engineer

State of Colorado