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In a state with an energy economy as purple as its politics, it can be hard to decide where to stand.

The Payne Institute for Earth Resources at Colorado School of Mines has teamed up with Inside Energy to host Spark! Unpacking the Politics of Energy in Colorado at 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the Ben H. Parker Student Center (1200 16th Street, Golden), Ballrooms A and B.

Join the Payne Institute and Inside Energy to explore everything Colorado’s energy portfolio stands to lose, gain or change in the 2016 election. Journalists from Inside Energy will press a panel of experts on critical energy issues to help the public make their own decisions in November.

The panel includes Ian Lange, PhD, Mineral and Energy Economics Program Director, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines; Tracee Bentley, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council; Meghan Nutting, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Sunnova; and Lee Boughey, Senior Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

“This panel covers the full spectrum of the Colorado energy landscape,” says Dr. Lange. “I’m excited to hear the views of my fellow panelists and share my thoughts on how Colorado could be impacted by the policies on the ballot this fall.”

Come enjoy drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, energy trivia, networking, and a multimedia presentation at this signature event. RSVP online by Aug. 31 or visit EarthPolicy.Mines.edu for more information.

About the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines
The mission of the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at Colorado School of Mines is to inform and shape sound public policy related to earth resources, energy and the environment. Its goal is to educate current and future leaders on the market, policy and technological challenges presented by energy, environmental and resource management issues, and provide a forum for national and global policy debate. For more information, visit EarthPolicy.Mines.edu.

About Inside Energy
Inside Energy is a collaborative journalism initiative among public media with roots in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. It is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Its mission, in collaboration with its partner stations, is to create a more informed public on energy issues. Inside Energy seeks to make energy issues a household topic and to inspire community conversations on the topic of energy. Learn more at InsideEnergy.org.

Contact:
Kelly Beard, Communication Specialist, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3452 | kbeard@mines.edu
Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 | kmorton@mines.edu

Colorado School of Mines is proud to announce 28 new faculty members for the 2016-17 academic year. This diverse group of faculty is invested in educating the next generation of innovators, as well as conducting fundamental research with the potential to change the world.

These new members of the Mines community offer a wide range of expertise, and include faculty who focus on renewable energy, superconductors, robotics, motion analysis and hydraulics, to name a few.

Learn more about our new faculty:

College of Applied Science and Engineering

Michael Barankin, PhD
Teaching Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
PhD University of California

Barankin studied chemical engineering with a focus on semiconductor manufacturing at the University of California, where he earned his BS and PhD. Barankin completed research on the use of atmospheric pressure plasmas for coating deposition, along with the production of nanoparticles and atomic clusters in plasma and spark discharges, respectively. Since then, Barankin’s research shifted to renewable energy while working at EnTranCe and for the European Renewable Energy Research Centre master’s program. Barankin was also a lecturer and researcher at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands.

Amy Clarke
Associate Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
PhD Colorado School of Mines

Clarke is the site director for the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys and is affiliated with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at Mines. She is also a guest scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her current research focuses on making, measuring and modeling metallic alloys during processing. This includes x-ray, proton and electron imaging of multi-scale solidification dynamics at national user facilities, the study of phase transformations and microstructural evolution and non-ferrous and ferrous physical metallurgy. Clarke earned her BS from Michigan Technological University and her MS and PhD in metallurgical and material engineering from Mines. Prior to joining Mines, she was a Scientist and Seaborg Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at LANL and Senior Engineer – Development/Research at Caterpillar Inc. Clarke has received a U.S. DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program Award; a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the MTU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award; The Minerals, Metals, and Materials/Federation of European Materials Societies and TMS/Japan Institute of Metals Young Leader International Scholar Awards; a TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award; and the Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence for her work on steels.

Kester Clarke
Assistant Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
PhD Colorado School of Mines

Clarke is engaging in research with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center and the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys. His interests include alloy development, material deformation and fabrication processes and the use of experimental and modeling methods to examine the effect of material processing history and microstructure on mechanical properties and performance. Clarke holds a BA in psychology from Indiana University, a BS in materials science and engineering from Wayne State University and a MS and PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering from Mines. He conducted postdoctoral research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has been an R&D scientist/engineer in the Materials Science & Technology: Metallurgy group, serving as the technical lead for thermal-mechanical processing of metals and metal component fabrication since 2011. Clarke is also currently a visiting scientist at LANL.

Diego Armando Gómez-Gualdrón
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
PhD Texas A&M University

Gómez-Gualdrón obtained his BS in chemical engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia and his PhD in materials science and engineering from Texas A&M University. During his PhD, he investigated ways to design “chiral selective” catalysts that could produce structurally homogeneous carbon nanotube samples during large-scale, chemical vapor deposition synthesis. For this work, Gómez-Gualdrón was granted the Silver Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society. As a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, in collaboration with experimentalists, Gómez-Gualdrón applied his expertise in molecular modeling to develop new metal-organic frameworks for applications in storage of gas fuels, carbon capture and catalysis. For this work, he was granted the Outstanding Researcher Award from the International Institute for Nanotechnology. Gómez-Gualdrón also has contributed to the development of nanomaterials for applications in energy technologies and chemical processing, accomplished through the application and development of molecular modeling and other computational methods to investigate and predict the thermodynamic, kinetic and electronic properties of materials.

Angus Rockett
Professor and Department Head, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
PhD University of Illinois

Rockett holds a ScB in physics from Brown University and a PhD in metallurgy/materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and has won numerous awards for teaching and advising. He has studied the basic science of solar cell materials and the operation of solar cell devices, using virtually all of the common materials, microchemical and microstructural analysis techniques from SIMS and TEM to STM and photoluminescence. Rockett’s research group also developed numerical models of photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells. He also worked on self-assembled nanostructures, MEMS devices, silicide reactions for VLSI contacts, Si-Ge oxidation kinetics for gate dielectrics, superconducting cavity resonators as temperature probes and optical spectroscopic analysis of combustion. Rockett is a fellow of the American Vacuum Society, serving as president in 2011; was the 2012 program chair and the 2016 general chair of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference; and was a rotating research program administrator at the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000.

Joseph Samaniuk
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Samaniuk earned his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his work investigating the rheological properties of lignocellulosic biomass. He earned his BS and MS in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech. After obtaining his PhD, he was awarded a Pegasus Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Belgium Science Foundation Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek to investigate the use of microrheological methods at fluid-fluid interfaces in the University of Leuven’s Department of Chemical Engineering. He also completed a postdoc at ETH Zürich, with research focusing on the dynamics of soft matter systems at fluid-fluid interfaces for the purpose of developing advanced materials such as conductive thin films and 2D polymer membranes. He also continued to work on interfacial phenomena with a greater focus on developing advanced materials from systems at fluid-fluid interfaces. His research interests focus on linking microstructure and material behavior—links that enable one to design new experimental methods for the laboratory, formulate novel advanced materials and propose new strategies for solving important industrial problems.

Meenakshi Singh
Assistant Professor, Physics
PhD Pennsylvania State University

Singh is a postdoctoral scholar at Sandia National Laboratories. Her research targets the development of semiconducting quantum computers with a focus toward donor-based spin qubits. She graduated with a PhD in physics from Pennsylvania State University with a thesis focusing on quantum transport in nanowires. Singh has received several awards for excellence in coursework and research. In addition to research, she is interested in science education and outreach and has mentored five undergraduate students participating in the National Science Foundation’s Research for Undergraduates program. Her service record includes serving as treasurer for the Physics and Astronomy for Women Society at Pennsylvania State University, which provides a forum to discuss issues women face while seeking scientific degrees and careers. She also has research interest in superconductivity and macroscopic quantum phenomena, with a view toward hybridizing superconductors with other systems to access novel phenomena and applications.

Bethany Wilcox
Teaching Assistant Professor, Physics
PhD University of Colorado Boulder

Wilcox completed a BA in physics and astronomy and received a PhD in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her thesis research was in the field of physics education, with a specific focus on student learning in upper-division undergraduate physics courses. During her graduate career, she studied students’ use of sophisticated mathematical tools during physics problem-solving in order to better understand the challenges that students encounter in this process. She also developed and demonstrated the statistical validity of a multiple-response conceptual assessment designed to measure students’ reasoning around topics in upper-division electrostatics. After completing her PhD, Wilcox accepted a postdoctoral position, during which she was responsible for the statistical validation of another research-based assessment targeting students’ views on the nature of experimental physics. Wilcox is also a strong advocate for working to make physics a discipline that explicitly supports and encourages the participation of historically underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities.

Jennifer Wilcox
Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
PhD University of Arizona

Wilcox earned a BA in mathematics from Wellesley College and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. Her research involves the coupling of theory to experimentation to test newly designed materials for sorbent or catalytic potential, and within her research group, she focuses on trace metal and CO2 capture. Wilcox received an ARO Young Investigator Award (Membrane Design for Optimal Hydrogen Separation), an ACS PRF Young Investigator Award (Heterogeneous Kinetics of Mercury in Combustion Flue Gas), and an NSF CAREER Award (Arsenic and Selenium Speciation in Combustion Flue Gas). She has served on a number of committees, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, to assess CO2 capture methods and impacts on climate.

College of Engineering and Computational Sciences

Abd A. Arkadan
Teaching Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
PhD Clarkson University

Arkadan’s teaching and research interests include energy conversion, electric machines and drives and design optimization using computation electromagnetics and artificial intelligence techniques. His research applications are in renewable and efficient energy and power systems, micro-grids, onboard aerospace and marine power systems and hybrid electric vehicles. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society.

Chris Coulston
Teaching Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
PhD Pennsylvania State University

Coulston received a BA in physics from Slippery Rock University and earned a BS, MS and PhD in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He taught at the University Park campus from 1993-1998 and was granted tenure as an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Penn State Erie in 2006.  Starting in 2005, Coulston served as chairperson of several departments including Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering and Computer Science, leading the successful ABET accreditation of these programs over three review cycles.  In 2013, Coulston led an interdisciplinary group of faculty to start a game development minor across the Penn State system.  The following year, Coulston took a sabbatical and served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs.

Kristine Csavina
Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
PhD Arizona State University

Csavina received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton and a PhD in bioengineering from Arizona State University. Csavina’s research interests include motion analysis of human motion in movement disorders, orthopedics and sports; human motion aided by wearable technologies; and engineering education research in student learning and pedagogical approaches. She was formerly an associate director for engineering program innovation in The Polytechnic School of Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU. She was the lead instructor for the senior capstone design experience, where she taught design and professional skills and managed over 20 student teams on eProjects (industry-partnered capstone experiences). She was also active with the ABET accreditation, helping to develop the course assessment and program evaluation process for the department. Prior to ASU, Csavina was a founding faculty in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. As an assistant professor, she helped develop the curriculum for the bioengineering design courses and biomechanics and was involved in teaching courses from the sophomore to senior levels. Csavina had active research in biomechanics in partnership with physical therapy faculty at FGCU, including studies with Parkinson’s disease and stroke patients.

Gregory Fasshauer
Professor and Department Head, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
PhD Vanderbilt University

Fasshauer spent the last 19 years at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he was a professor and associate department chair of applied mathematics. While there, he helped create an environment for excellence in teaching and learning as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Applied Math Department and as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the College of Science. Fasshauer holds Diplom and Staatsexam degrees in mathematics and English from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, as well as a MA and PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. Fasshauer also spent two years as a visiting assistant professor in the mathematics department at Northwestern University. Fasshauer’s research interests lie in computational mathematics with a particular focus on the theory and applications of kernel-based approximation methods.

Kristoph-Dietrich Kinzli
Teaching Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD Colorado State University

Kinzli graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in civil engineering. During his time as an undergraduate student, he also studied at the Technische Universitaet Dortmund in Germany. He also obtained a MS in civil engineering, MS in fisheries biology and PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University. His dissertation research focused on improving irrigation water use efficiency along the Middle Rio Grande. Kinzli has worked on research projects in Colorado with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and in New Mexico with the Interstate Stream Commission, the Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico Tech and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. His research interests include engineering teaching pedagogy, open channel hydraulics, river mechanics, stream rehabilitation, groundwater, water resources, agricultural water use, fisheries biology and ecological restoration. Kinzli is highly involved with the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop and was selected as an assistant mentor three times.  In 2014 Dr. Kinzli was awarded the ASCE ExCEED New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2015, he was selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

Karin Leiderman
Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
PhD University of Utah

Karin Leiderman joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. She worked as an assistant professor of applied mathematics in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California Merced for the past four years. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Merced, she was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University and received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Utah. For her PhD thesis, she developed a spatial-temporal mathematical model of the formation of blood clots under flow and was awarded the SIAM student paper prize for this work. For her postdoc, she worked to develop numerical methods for fluid/structure interaction problems involving low Reynolds number and porous media flow. Leiderman’s research aims at understanding biological systems through the use of mathematics, mathematical modeling and numerical computation. She also has general interest and expertise in computational modeling of blood clotting, biological fluid dynamics, biomechanics, biochemistry, flow through porous materials and scientific computing.

Ashlyn Munson
Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
PhD Colorado School of Mines

Munson completed her PhD in statistics at Mines where she studied efficient methods of case-control sampling under the advisement of Professor William Navidi. She spent the last seven years as an assistant professor in the mathematics department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she advised the statistics minor within the natural sciences. While at PLU, her research efforts mainly focused on the assessment and development of new curriculum methodology in the STEM disciplines.

Oyvind Nilsen
Teaching Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
PhD University of Colorado Boulder

Nilsen grew up in Tønsberg, Norway where he earned a mechanical engineering degree and later earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado. Nilsen’s interests include product development and innovations, and his expertise is in design, manufacturing, advanced system integration, thermal and fluidic system design as well as optics and sensors. His research experience also involves mechanics of materials, optics, sensors, physical modelling and MEMS and microfluidics. Nilsen was also the Director of Manufacturing and the cofounder of BiOptix Diagnostics Inc., where he took a technology he developed an optical biosensor system. He also has industrial experience, designing tools for the oil industry and experience as a naval officer.

Andrew Petruska
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
PhD University of Utah

Petruska graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with dual BS degrees in mechanical engineering and physics as well as a MS in mechanical engineering. He worked as a design engineer at ATK Launch Systems in Utah and was responsible for designing, testing and qualifying solid rocket motor components. In 2010, he enrolled at the University of Utah and was awarded a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship to study noncontact magnetic manipulation. He received his PhD after developing the first real-time reconfigurable magnetic manipulation system. Petruska joined the Multiscale Robotics Laboratory in the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zürich and was awarded a Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems fellowship, where he currently is investigating the magnetic manipulation of needles, endoscopes and catheters. His research interests are in the areas of complex system modeling and design, dynamics and control, advanced magnetic manipulation and search-and-rescue robotics.

College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering

Melanie Brandt
Teaching Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies
MH University of Colorado Denver

For her thesis, Brant investigated the power of humor to effect political and social change. Her work necessitated multidisciplinary research and study, thereby creating a platform for understanding some fundamental elements of learning and communication that can be applied to many academic disciplines. She is interested in combining the humanities and STEM fields of study in innovative ways that bolster and enhance learning experiences for students. Brandt has taught a variety of writing and literature classes and has taught in Mines’ Design EPICS program since 2011. At Mines, Brant will teach Nature and Human Values and an integrated pilot course combining NHV and Design EPICS.

Brandon Dugan
Associate Professor, Geophysics
PhD Pennsylvania State University

Dugan is a hydrogeologist who couples theory, experiments, and models to understand the interactions of fluids and solids in Earth’s shallow crust. Dugan’s research group is using this approach to study natural resources (water, oil, and gas), natural hazards (landslides, earthquakes) and carbon storage. To inform and to test theoretical models and to collect experimental samples, Dugan regularly participates in geophysical, geological and drilling field programs. Dugan is a member of the Environmental Protection and Safety Panel of the International Ocean Discovery Program and a member of the National Science Foundation’s GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee. Dugan also served as a distinguished lecturer for Ocean Leadership to share ocean science with universities and communities. Before joining the geophysics faculty at Mines, Dugan earned a BS in geo-engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a PhD in geosciences from Pennsylvania State University. He also completed a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellowship with the U.S. Geological Survey and was an assistant and associate professor of earth science at Rice University.

Tülay Flamand
Assistant Professor, Economics and Business
PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst

Flamand received her PhD in Management Science, and previously she obtained her BS in mathematical engineering at Yıldız Technical University, and her MS in industrial engineering at Istanbul Technical University. Her research interests lie at the interface of operations management and marketing science with a strong methodological anchor in analytics and optimization. Particularly, her research focuses on retail analytics and novel optimization models for store-wide shelf space allocation and the maximization of consumer impulse purchases.

Richard Hunt
Assistant Professor, Economics and Business
PhD University of Colorado Boulder

Hunt earned a BS from Rice University, a MA from Harvard University, a MBA from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, he held an appointment in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship. He also served as VT’s Faculty Research Director at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Hunt’s research examines the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy, including entrepreneurial environments, advantageous knowledge, new sector formation, modes of market entry and early-stage operational behavior. His approach employs transactions as the unit of analysis in order to capture meso-level effects, and he often juxtaposes contemporary data and distant, historical data in order to overcome proximity biases and inject a longitudinal dimension into the inquiry.

Adrianne Kroepsch
Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies
PhD University of Colorado Boulder

Kroepsch is an environmental governance scholar with interdisciplinary training and a research focus on the relationship between extractive industries and communities in the American West. More specifically, she studies unconventional oil and gas extraction in Colorado with a focus on conflict and compromise between community, industry and state actors, as partly mediated by technology. Additional areas of study include environmental and science communication, water politics and policy, community learning and adaptation to wildfire and the human relationship to the subsurface—all with an emphasis on the American West.  She draws theoretically and methodologically from political ecology, science and technology studies, environmental history and environmental policy. Kroepsch prioritizes cross-disciplinary collaboration and public engagement in her work. She earned a MA and PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in geography and environmental studies, respectively. While at CU, she was also a graduate instructor and researcher at the Center of the American West and a co-founder of the Colorado Water and Energy Center. Her undergraduate degree is in science and technology studies from Cornell University. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Kroepsch worked for several years as a journalist, covering science and technology policy in Washington, D.C.

Alexei Milkov
Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering
PhD Texas A&M University

Milkov received a PhD from Texas A&M University and worked for three E&P companies, exploring conventional and unconventional oil and gas in over 30 basins on six continents while also participating in the discovery of four billion BOE. He is also the Director of the Potential Gas Agency. Milkov has expertise in exploration risk analysis, resource assessments, petroleum systems and oil & gas geochemistry. He has received several industry awards for his contribution to petroleum geosciences.

Jennifer Miskimins
Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Petroleum Engineering
PhD Colorado School of Mines

Miskimins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has more than 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Between her BS and graduate degrees, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations as a production engineer and supervisor. Miskimins taught at Mines from 2002-2013. From 2013-2016, she continued to hold a part-time appointment at Mines, advising research and graduate students, while working for Barree & Associates. In 2016, she returned full-time at Mines. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is the founder and current co-Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also co-directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies. Miskimins is currently the Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees and as a technical editor for various journals. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).

Andrew Pederson
Teaching Associate Professor, Economics and Business
MT University of Denver

Pederson received his BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University and has a MT in taxation from University of Denver’s College of Law. Pederson worked as an adjunct professor in the Division of Economics and Business at Mines, teaching engineering economics to undergraduate students. Pederson also served as a teaching assistant for the Division of Economics and Business and the Division of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Mines. He also worked with Investment Evaluations Corporation and lectured at Mines’ SPACE short courses as well as in-house courses for over 20 companies, teaching economic evaluation and investment decision methods.

Jamal Rostami
Associate Professor and AlacerGold/Haddon Chair, Mining Engineering
PhD Colorado School of Mines

Rostami received his BS in mining engineering from the University of Tehran and graduated from Mines with a MS and PhD in mining engineering. He was a member of the Mines research faculty until 2000 and was simultaneously a faculty member at the University of Tehran. He then was a full-time consultant with major A&E companies until he joined Pennsylvania State University as the Centennial Chair of Carrier Development in Mining in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. Rostami has over 26 years of experience in design, management, research and teaching in the field of mining, tunneling and underground construction. He is a registered professional engineer in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He was also the 2014 recipient of the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America’s Stephen McCann Memorial Educational Excellence Award. Rostami is also the founder of Professors Without Borders and a founding member of Iranian American Academics and Professionals.

Greg Rulifson
Teaching Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies
PhD University of Colorado Boulder

Rulifson earned his PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder by studying how students’ understanding of the relationship between social responsibility and engineering changed throughout college. Before his PhD study, Rulifson worked as a structural engineer in the San Francisco Bay area where he earned his professional engineer license. Rulifson earned his BS in civil engineering with a minor in global poverty and practice from University of California, Berkeley, where he developed a strong desire to use engineering to facilitate developing communities' capacity for success. He brings significant global experience: with GeoHazards International, he helped coordinate design between stakeholders for the Tsunami Evacuation Raised Earthen Park in Padang, Indonesia; in Western Nicaragua, he engineered the structure of a rammed-earth community center in a rural village by collaborating with U.S. and Nicaragua-based NGOs, contractors and community. Rulifson teaches courses in Humanitarian Engineering, EPICS and Liberal Arts and International Studies. He co-advises the Mines Without Borders team and is a liaison to poverty alleviation organizations through the Posner Center for International Development in Denver.

 

Contact:
Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 | kmorton@mines.edu
Ashley Spurgeon, Editorial Assitant, Mines Magazine | 303-273-3959 | aspurgeon@mines.edu
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu
Deirdre Keating, Communications Manager, College of Engineering & Computational Sciences | 303-384-2358 | dkeating@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Communications Manager, College of Applied Science & Engineering | 303-383-2622 | ramirez@mines.edu

On August 5, 2016, seven Mines faculty were awarded the inaugural Daniels Fund Faculty Fellows award for their proposals on how to incorporate ethics into their courses. The Daniels Fund awarded Mines a $60K grant to incorporate ethics into the curriculum— each of the proposals will receive $5K for this ethics initiative. This is the first time that the Daniels Fund has awarded funds to a non-business school.

 
Mines Daniels Fund Faculty Fellows left to right: Cyndi Rader, Toni Lefton, Paul Santi, Sarah Hitt, Jeffrey Paone, Chuan Yue. Not pictured: Melissa Krebs.
Mines Daniels Fund Faculty Fellows left to right: Cyndi Rader, Toni Lefton, Paul Santi, Sarah Hitt, Jeffrey Paone, Chuan Yue. Not pictured: Melissa Krebs.
 
 
With this award, the Faculty Fellows are expected to develop lessons, modules or projects that incorporate ethical considerations as a central focus. Upon completing their courses, the Faculty Fellows will assess the activity and develop strategies for adaptation, the goal being to create strategies that can be applied to a variety of courses.  The faculty will then share their results with the campus community. 
 
This year’s winners include:
Sarah Hitt

Sarah Hitt and Toni Lefton from the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies for “Ethics Across the Honors Curriculum: Using a New First Year Honors Course as a Foundational Framework.” This proposal details the expansion of the Honors Program at Mines with two new courses focusing on an ethical framework. A new first-year honors course is in development, which will incorporate instruction and practice of professional, personal and environmental ethics.

Melissa Krebs from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering for “Ethics in Biomedical Engineering.” Krebs’ proposal defines how the course “Introduction to Biomedical Engineering” will have ethics modules built into the course to help prepare students for moral challenges that they may someday face as engineers. The biomedical ethics issues students will discuss include those surrounding stem cells, gene therapies and intellectual property.

Jeffrey Paone and Cyndi Rader from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for “Ethics in the Computer Science Curriculum.” This proposal explains how the “Advanced Software Engineering” and “Programming Concepts” computer science field sessions will undergo an ethics instruction overhaul to be better integrated into the curriculum. The ethics instruction will go deeper than simply introducing the “Computer Scientists Code of Ethics” and will include discussions revolving around timely issues such as the use of drones and data mining.

Paul Santi from the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering for “Ethics Education for Geological Engineers.” Santi’s proposal explores how the courses “Engineering Geology Design” and “Advanced Geological Engineering Design” will incorporate considerations of ethical constraints on designs, workplace behavior and client relations. Students will also examine contemporary moral issues in geological engineering and participate in classroom exercises that demonstrate complex ethical dilemmas.
Chuan Yue from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for “Incorporating Ethics Instruction in Security and Privacy Courses.” This proposal describes how the two main computer security and privacy courses offered at Mines, “Introduction to Cryptography” and “Information Security Privacy,” will add ethics modules that address topics such as the difference between ethics and law and discuss the responsibilities that arise from the highly-specialized nature of activities such as cyberterrorism and information warfare.
 
 
Contact:
Ashley Spurgeon, Editorial Assitant, Mines Magazine | 303-273-3959 | aspurgeon@mines.edu
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu
 
 

University Professor Emeritus David Matlock will deliver a plenary lecture on steel this October at Materials Science and Technology 2016, one of the premier annual conferences in materials engineering.

Matlock, a member of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, will present the AIST Adolf Martens Memorial Steel Lecture, titled “Enhancing the Fatigue Performance of Steel: Have We Learned Anything from the Past?”

Matlock notes that fatigue failures in operating equipment continue to occur despite extensive research since the mid-1800s, when multiple railroad axle failures led to catastrophic accidents in Europe and the identification of the most important basic aspects of fatigue.

Studying fatigue remains extremely important, Matlock said, “particularly with the current emphasis on lightweight designs and optimized material usage in many systems” such as transportation. This optimization results in higher operating stresses and fewer safety factors, which increases the potential for fatigue failures.

Matlock will present a history of fatigue testing and failure, review the fundamental basis for fatigue, and discuss opportunities for increasing fatigue performance—and, consequently, the safety—of operating equipment.

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology established the lecture award in 2010 to honor of Adolf Martens, a German metallurgist from the late 19th and early 20th century who was a pioneer in establishing structure-property relationships in steel and one of the first researchers to use optical microscopy to observe that hard steels had different features than soft steels at the microscale.

The lecture award recognizes the achievement of significant, broadly known technical accomplishments that have enabled important advances in processing and product application in the field of ferrous physical metallurgy, and have either provided dramatic contributions to the field or made a lifetime of important contributions to the field.

Matlock, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, holds a BS from the University of Texas at Austin, and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He joined Mines in 1972, and established the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center with fellow University Emeritus Professor George Krauss in 1984. The center has since been recognized as one of the most successful centers of its kind and draws an annual budget of more than $1.5 million, the majority of which comes from industry support.

MS&T16 will be held October 23 to 27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the comprehensive forum for materials science and engineering technologies. The conference brings together a broad range of technical sessions and expertise, combining the strengths of six major materials organizations: AIST, the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM, NACE International, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Contact:
Mark Ramirez, Communications Manager, College of Applied Science & Engineering | 303-383-2622 | ramirez@mines.edu
Deirdre Keating, Communications Manager, College of Engineering & Computational Sciences | 303-384-2358 | dkeating@mines.edu

 

Professor Carolyn A. Koh, a leading expert in the study of natural gas hydrates, has been named the William K. Coors Distinguished Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering, effective at the beginning of the fall semester.

Koh joined the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Mines in 2004 as an associate professor, after beginning her career at King’s College London University, and was promoted to professor in 2012. She was co-director of the Center for Hydrate Research from 2005 until 2014, when she became its director. She was recently appointed interim co-director of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

Koh’s research is focused on natural gas hydrates—compounds in which a large amount of methane can be trapped within a crystal structure of water, forming ice-like solids. These gas hydrate solids present a potential hazard to the oil and gas industries when they form in underwater flowlines, and also have potential applications in energy recovery, transport, and storage.

This research has attracted $4.6 million in government and industry funding. Koh has published over 150 papers in refereed journals, including two papers in Science, and she has an h-index of 47. H-index is a metric that seeks to measure the productivity and impact of a researcher’s publications, and Koh’s, according to CBE Department Head David Marr, “is remarkable for someone at this stage in their career.”

Koh said the chair is held in high regard both internally and by the broader chemical engineering community, and “the association with Coors is a truly unique opportunity that will facilitate enhancing awareness of work being performed in CBE as well as the Hydrate Center.”

The position will also facilitate world-class training for graduate and postdoctoral students at Mines, allow Koh to expand her research portfolio, and raise awareness of the historically productive association between Coors and Mines through scientific innovation, Koh said.

Koh’s teaching of core undergraduate and graduate courses and advising of graduate students and postdocs has been consistently excellent. “Carolyn has a gift for connecting with students,” Marr said. Koh has primarily taught thermodynamics, typically the most difficult to grasp for students at all levels; despite this, her teaching evaluations for overall effectiveness are well above departmental and university averages, Marr said. In recognition of her accomplishments, she received the Dean’s Excellence Award at the annual Faculty Forum this past May.

"Carolyn is an exemplary faculty member in her department and at Mines," said Michael Kaufman, dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering. "Her dedication to her undergraduate students in the classroom, to her graduate students in the lab, and to the scientific community at large makes her the perfect candidate for this important recognition."

“Carolyn has built an impressive record demonstrating her commitment to students, dedication to teaching, and impactful innovation,” Mines President Paul C. Johnson said. “In addition, she is a great contributor to, and representative of, our Mines community, so she is an ideal choice for this prestigious chair. I’m looking forward to seeing how the recognition and resources accompanying the chair catalyze Carolyn’s pursuit of her teaching and research passions, and impact our students and reputation.”

Carolyn earned a bachelor of science in chemistry and a PhD in surface chemistry and catalysis from the University of West London in the UK, and conducted postdoctoral research and training at Cornell University. Among her external recognitions, Koh is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The William K. Coors Distinguished Chair was established in 1997 by the Adolph Coors Foundation in honor of William K. (“Bill”) Coors. Bill, the grandson of Adolph Coors, founder of Coors Brewing Company in Golden, is widely recognized for his game-changing technical innovations and leadership and will celebrate his 100th birthday this summer.

[Photo: Carolyn Koh, right, is joined by members of her research group. From left are Mimi Ismail, Ahmad Majid, Hao Qin, and Sijia Hu. Ismail, Qin and Hu are graduate students; Majid is a postdoctoral researcher.]

Contact:
Mark Ramirez, Communications Manager, College of Applied Science & Engineering | 303-383-2622 | ramirez@mines.edu
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu

Paul D. Ogg, teaching associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, passed away Wednesday, July 6, after an 18-month battle with T-cell lymphoma.

Ogg joined Mines in 2006 as part of the Bioengineering and Life Sciences program, and was part of the teaching faculty that joined what was then the Chemical Engineering Department in 2007 after BELS dissolved.

“Students adored Paul—they just loved him,” said CBE Department Head David Marr. “He was very dedicated to his students.” Marr said Ogg’s energy and enthusiasm for teaching will be missed, and that Ogg’s work teaching freshmen and sophomores has been one of the factors in the department’s growth.

“He really listened and he really cared,” said Deanna Jacobs, a program assistant in the CBE Department. “He took the time to talk to students and ask them about their goals. There are students who say, ‘I wouldn’t be a doctor if it wasn’t for Dr. Ogg.’”

Ogg was often a bit rumpled, Jacobs said. “He looked like an unmade bed.” She remembers when he came in for formal headshots—he wore a shirt, tie, and jacket, with a pair of shorts.

Ogg earned a BA in psychology from Albion College in Michigan, and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Iowa, where his thesis explored the ability of the herpes simplex virus to disrupt a cellular process called programmed cell death, research that has implications for treating cancer and infectious disease.

With a different background than a traditional chemical engineer, Ogg spearheaded the “biological” part of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. “He focused on biology, cell biology, botany—just a variety of courses, providing an expertise that the traditional chemical engineering faculty didn’t have,” said Marr.

Professor John Spear in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, a fellow microbiologist, helped bring Ogg to Mines. Ogg started with a couple of classes, then to four to six, and “really grew the program big time.” Ogg’s experience was more in research than teaching at the time, but he ended up being known as a really good teacher, said Spear. “He cared a whole lot about his students and wasn’t shy about that.”

The department will also miss his expertise in and passion for beer brewing. Ogg helped lead the creation of the Introduction to Brewing Science course and the building of a malting system in the Unit Operations Building behind Alderson Hall, even pushing for a master brewer program at Mines. He was particularly interested in the genetics of hops and yeast, identifying and cultivating new and unique strains.

Ogg was a partner in Declaration Brewing, where he also held the titles of yeast farmer, quality control officer, and tasting panel steward, and was influential in the Denver brewing scene. While most breweries rely on a handful of different kinds of yeast, Ogg had cultivated about 65 unique strains.

One collaboration between Ogg and Spear had them working with New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins to study how their foeders—40- to 50-foot wooden casks used to age beer—affected the production of their sour beers. “We would tap them out, filter them, analyze their DNA,” Spear said. “We studied the molecular biology of beer.”

In May 2016, for American Craft Beer Week, more than 100 breweries—at least one in every state—served an imperial porter based on one of Ogg’s recipes. The project would become known as “The Biggest Small Beer Ever.” Ogg’s porter was meant to mimic the flavors of his favorite candy bar, Heath, but participating breweries were free to interpret his recipe. Spears has had two versions of the beer, and hopes someone will produce more of it.

Ogg and Spear attended seven or eight Great American Beer Festivals together, usually Brewers’ Saturday, when all the beer makers were there. “Everybody knew Paul because he knew so much about yeast,” Spear said. “He also had a very good nose for beer—he could sniff a beer, tell you it had too much fatty acid methyl esters. It was pretty wild that he could do that, but I saw him do it, and it was amazing.”

“It’s a loss for Mines,” Spear said. “He was a great guy, engaged with everybody, a warm soul. He was a good father, a good community member. He got pulled in a lot of directions, but he was good at that.”

“Paul was a passionate faculty member who loved life, was great with his students, and had a real knack for bridging biology with engineering,” said Michael Kaufman, dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering. “He will be missed greatly by students, faculty, and staff at Mines.”

“Paul’s passion for life was apparent in the way he fought his cancer,” Kaufman added. “He remained positive and optimistic till the end—a true inspiration for all of us.”

“He was optimistic but realistic,” said Jacobs. And even amid his illness, Ogg found time for others. When Jacobs received her own cancer diagnosis, Ogg offered to go with her to the oncologist. “It was right before his own stem cell treatment, but he was willing to do it.”

Ogg is survived by his wife, Kristen Mitchell, and his daughters, Kate and Ellie.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., August 21, in the Student Center Ballrooms. A tree will be planted on campus in Ogg’s memory, and he’ll be toasted with some beer from Declaration Brewing.

Contact:
Mark Ramirez, Communications Manager, College of Applied Science & Engineering | 303-383-2622 | ramirez@mines.edu
Deirdre Keating, Communications Manager, College of Engineering & Computational Sciences | 303-384-2358 | dkeating@mines.edu

 
Emerita Associate Professor Cathy Skokan has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at the society’s annual conference this week in New Orleans. 

Founded in 1893, ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. The organization promotes excellence in instruction, research and public service, and fosters technological education. The honor of fellow is bestowed by the ASEE Board of Directors upon members in recognition of outstanding contributions to engineering or engineering technology education.

The first female to earn a graduate degree at Mines

Skokan’s early interest in rocks led to a love of science, and a wise high school counselor suggested she combine her skills in math and science with her passion for the outdoors and study geophysics.

“I remember I applied to LeHigh University as C. King, my maiden name,” said Skokan, “because they weren’t accepting women at the time. But they eventually figured out I was a woman.”

Mines, on the other hand, offered Skokan a full scholarship. She received her bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering in 1970, and went on to become the first woman to receive a graduate degree from Mines in any field, receiving her master’s degree in 1971, and PhD in 1974. Her goal remained conducting research for a government organization.

 

From government researcher to university professor

Skokan’s many contributions to engineering education and to Mines, in particular, almost never came to be. She originally saw herself solely as a researcher rather than a teacher. Thanks to a delay in her government paperwork, she returned to Mines to do postdoctoral research in electromagnetics while waiting to start her new job. Skokan shared how her plans changed: "Just before the beginning of the fall semester, George Keller, who was the head of the department and my thesis advisor, came in and said, ‘We need someone to teach linear systems analysis.’

“I said, ‘I don’t teach.’

"He said, ‘Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday.’ He handed me the class notes, told me what time it started and walked out the door.

“Linear systems was not one of my favorite subjects, though it is now.”

Skokan credits Keller as a mentor throughout her early career. She went on to accept a tenured faculty position in Geophysics. In 1996, she moved to what was then the Engineering Division at Mines (now the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences), where she spent the next 20 years teaching linear systems, senior design and geophysical courses to electrical engineering students.

“Several of my research grants centered around electromagnetic methods of mapping earth structures,” Skokan explained, “so I got to combine electrical engineering and geology, which was the best of all worlds.”

Humanitarian Engineering Program

Skokan was also one of the initiators of the Humanitarian Engineering program at Mines, the first in the nation. Initial funding from the Hewlett foundation aimed to take student engineers to communities that needed their skills most. As a result, Skokan took student groups to Senegal, Honduras and Ghana to work on solving real problems with engineering solutions.

Skokan recalls a particular Humanitarian Engineering trip to Alaska:

"An Alaskan tribal community had invited us to help with projects to prepare them for a community center. Over multiple years, we designed a road and septic system, among other things. One year, we were driving out there from the airport, and a student asked, “Do they live in igloos?” I told him, no, and that he would see what they lived in soon. The Bureau of Indian Affairs had built a series of prefab houses intended for Hawaii, and when they weren’t needed in Hawaii, they were sent there. Some members of the community lived in old school buses, and it reached -40 Fahrenheit during the winters. We left with a real sense of doing work that was needed. It was an eye-opening experience for all of us.”

 

Humanitarian Engineering students traveled to the University of Ghana with Associate Professor Skokan in 2007 as part of their senior design project.

Music at Mines

Skokan still believes that international experiences are essential for every engineer’s education, and often travels with Mines music students. She currently plays violin with the Mines Orchestra, bassoon with the Mines Band and erhu with the Mines Chinese Band.

"I’ve played in the band since I was a student here in the 60s,” said Skokan. “Believe it or not, I was the first director of the orchestra here, until they finally hired a real musician rather than an engineer to conduct the orchestra.”

 

                                                   Catherine Skokan and the Mines Marching Band in Dublin's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade.

In 2016, Skokan led 150 Mines music students and alumni on a spring trip to march in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “We always combine an engineering and musical component on these trips,” explained Skokan. “In Ireland, we visited Dublin Institute of Technology, with whom we are now working on a collaborative effort. I also took a group of students into the Tara Mines, a lead and zinc mine near County Meath. Because we are engineers, not just tourists, they took us underground and the students had a blast exploring the machinery. It included electrical, mechanical, civil, mining, geology— talk about interdisciplinary!”

 

                                                   Students prepare for an underground tour of the lead and zinc Tara Mine in Co. Meath, Ireland.

In 2015, Skokan accompanied Mines music students and alumni to Jamaica. In addition to meeting with engineering students at the University of the West Indies, the Mines group participated in a recording session with Winston “Sparrow” Martin, Bob Marley's percussionist, at the studio that Bob Marley founded.

In 2017, Skokan will be taking Mines music students to Florence. “We’ll be visiting Santa Croce,” said Skokan, “where Galileo, Michelangelo and Rossini are buried. It’s also right on the Arno River, which flooded in 1966, killing more than 100 people and destroying millions of masterpieces. So we’re going to talk to a professor from the University of Florence about flood mitigation and art restoration."

Innovation in engineering education

Skokan became involved in ASEE around the time that she joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She spent a sabbatical writing a pre-engineering curriculum for Adams School District, which is still in use.

“Every project had a computer, math, writing and engineering component,” said Skokan.

“I joined the multidisciplinary division of ASEE,” continued Skokan, “because electrical, mechanical and civil were all under the Engineering Division in those days. I went from Secretary, to Treasurer, then Program Chair and finally Chair.” Skokan is currently the ASEE Vice President for External Relations, which includes chairing ASEE’s international advisory committee and external projects.

"The best thing ASEE offers,” according to Skokan, “is workshops and venues to look at innovative teaching methodsthose that worked and those that didn’t. I believe looking at the failure papers can be even more educational than the success papers." 

Despite retiring in 2015, Skokan remains as busy as ever. She will be giving a talk in Japan at the annual Japanese Society for Engineering Education meeting, and another in Korea in November at an engineering education conference. 

Skokan is the third Mines faculty member to be named an ASEE Fellow in addition to Theodore A. Bickart in 2000 and Joan Gosink in 2010.

 

All photos from the personal archives of Emerita Associate Professor Catherine Skokan.

Contact:

Deirdre Keating, Communications Manager, College of Engineering & Computational Sciences | 303-384-2358 | dkeating@mines.edu
Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 | kmorton@mines.edu

GOLDEN, CO, June 20, 2016 — Colorado School of Mines and the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), a consortium of academic, industry and government institutions focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D-printed metal parts, will be hosting an open house 5 p.m. June 23 in the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center (Brown W230).

GOLDEN, CO, June 8, 2016 —Applied Mathematics and Statistics Assistant Professor Stephen Pankavich has received a three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation for $233,775 to develop new analytical and computational methods of solving mathematical problems in the kinetic theory of plasma dynamics.

On April 2, Mines won the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Rocky Mountain section Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition. IBA is a prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. The program is rigorous and contributes to AAPG's mission of promoting petroleum geoscience training and advancing the careers of geoscience students. Over 250 teams from over 50 countries around the world partipate in IBA competition each year, and one winner from each AAPG section is chosen.

This win makes Mines one of 12 teams to move forward to the international competition June 17-18 in Calgary, which will take place as part of AAPG's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibtion (ATCE). These teams will be analyzing a dataset (geology, geophysics, land, production infrastructure and other relevant materials) prior to the competition. During the event, teams will be delivering their results in a 25-minute presentation to a panel of industry experts. Students will have the chance to use state of the art technology on a real dataset, receive feedback from an industry panel, impress potential employers in the audience and receive scholarship funds and international recognition. The judges will select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of presentation.

The Mines team includes Abdulah Eljalafi, Sarah King, faculty advisor and geology professor Steve Sonnenberg, Michael Harty, Matt Bauer and Evan Allred.

"This is the most successful industry supported student project in AAPG that impacts hundreds of students internationally," said Sonnenberg. "Students love the competition. They meet industry mentors, land jobs on the spot if they do well and learn new computer software by analyzing a data set. Industry loves the competition because they get to see students giving technical presentations on very complex data sets."

This is Mines' fifth time competing in the international competition. In 2012 and 2014, Mines placed third.

 

Contact:

Agata Bogucka, Information Specialist, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu
Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 | kmorton@mines.edu

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