Faculty

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Chicago, have developed new designer quantum dot systems with greater control over beneficial properties for photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic applications. Their research has been published in the May 16, 2017, edition of Nature Communications.

The paper, “Tuning Colloidal Quantum Dot Band Edge Positions through Solution-Phase Surface Chemistry Modification” focuses on chemical modifications the scientists were able to achieve to lead sulfide quantum dot (QD) surfaces so that their ionization energy—the amount of energy needed to remove a single electron from the solid—could be systematically tuned over an unprecedented range. Mines Chemistry Professor Alan Sellinger and graduate student Brett McNichols are coauthors on the paper.


Mines Chemistry Professor Alan Sellinger and graduate student Brett McNichols

“This interdisciplinary research is a true team effort of computational chemistry (University of Chicago), synthetic chemistry (Colorado School of Mines) and materials chemistry/characterization (NREL),” says Sellinger

Quantum dots are considered to be pseudo-atoms that have highly tunable opto-electronic properties. Researchers are studying films of QDs as functional solids in a variety of applications, including displays, lighting, solar cells and solar photoelectrochemical cells. In a typical solid, the ionization energy is determined from the constituent atoms and in general cannot be modified. In QD solids, however, the ionization energy as well as other beneficial opto-electronic properties can be modified in controlled and rational ways.

The research also established the fundamental principles that govern the relationship between a QD and ligand, which are organic molecules chemically attached to the QD surfaces. Prior studies have shown that modifying the surface of the QDs can change the overall ionization energy, but a clear and quantitative relationship hasn’t been reported until now.

Authors from NREL includes Matthew Beard, Daniel Kroupa, Elisa Miller, Jing Gu and Arthur Nozik, and they were also joined by University of Chicago researchers Marton Voros, Nicholas Brawand and Giulia Galli.

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Faculty awarded promotion and/or tenure.

Colorado School of Mines celebrated its outstanding faculty at its annual Faculty Forum, held May 3, 2017, in Friedhoff Hall.

Geology and Geological Engineering Professor Kamini Singha received the Dean’s Excellence Award, which recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member for significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship.

Since joining Mines in 2012, Singha has taught groundwater engineering, hydrogeology, Matlab and geostatistics, consistently earning faculty evaluation scores well above average. She has also team-taught a McBride Honors course on water, energy and the West.

Singha is an NSF CAREER Award winner, has received numerous grants and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles. Eighteen of those articles had her students as first authors, showing exemplary mentorship of graduate students. She is the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation’s 2017 Darcy Lecturer.

The Mines Teaching Award, given each year to a member of the teaching faculty and a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, recognizes superior teaching at the undergraduate level over several years.

Physics Teaching Professor Kristine Callan, who was also promoted, was recognized for her leadership role in Introductory Mechanics, one of the cornerstone courses for all Mines students. She has also provided significant service to Mines by leading efforts to create a pathway for students to become high school teachers. The collaboration with University of Northern Colorado faculty has led to National Science Foundation grants, including $640,00 for scholarships.

Applied Mathematics and Statistics Associate Professor Stephen Pankavich, who was also awarded tenure and a promotion, has taught eight different courses since joining Mines in 2012. He has developed two new courses—Introduction to Scientific Computing and Applied Numerical Methods—and consistently earns evaluations above department and university averages.

The Junior Research Award went to Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Aaron Stebner, who is also technical director of the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies. The Senior Research Award was presented to Rowlinson Professor of Hydrology Reed Maxwell, in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.

Seventeen faculty were awarded promotion and/or tenure:

  • Debra Carney, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, promotion to teaching professor
  • Mike Nicholas, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, promotion to teaching professor
  • Stephen Pankavich, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, tenure and promotion to associate professor
  • Rebecca Swanson, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, promotion to teaching professor
  • Susan Reynolds, Civil and Environmental Engineering, promotion to teaching professor
  • Allison Caster, Chemistry, promotion to teaching professor
  • Matthew Posewitz, Chemistry, promotion to professor
  • Scott Houser, Economics and Business, promotion to teaching professor
  • Salman Mohagheghi, Electrical Engineering, tenure and promotion to associate professor
  • Marcelo Simoes, Electrical Engineering, promotion to professor
  • Yvette Kuiper, Geology and Geological Engineering, tenure and promotion to associate professor
  • Sarah Hitt, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, promotion to teaching professor
  • Jessica Smith, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, tenure and promotion to associate professor
  • Ventzi Karaivanov, Mechanical Engineering, promotion to teaching professor
  • Anne Silverman, Mechanical Engineering, tenure and promotion to associate professor
  • Corinne Packard, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, tenure and promotion to associate professor
  • Kristine Callan, Physics, promotion to teaching professor,
  • Eric Toberer, Physics, tenure and promotion to associate professor

Senior Class Faculty Awards, voted on by students, were presented to the following:

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics: Professor William Navidi
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering: Professor J. Douglas Way, Teaching Associate Professor Rachel Morrish
  • Chemistry: Professor Mark Eberhart
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Assistant Teaching Professor Jeffrey Holley
  • Computer Science: Teaching Associate Professor Christopher Painter-Wakefield
  • Economics and Business: Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff
  • Electrical Engineering: Teaching Associate Professor Stephanie Claussen
  • Geology and Geological Engineering: Associate Professor Bruce Trudgill
  • Geophysics: Assistant Professor Andrei Swidinsky
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Teaching Assistant Professor Seth Tucker
  • Mechanical Engineering: Teaching Associate Professor Robert Amaro
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering: Teaching Professor Gerald Bourne
  • Mining Engineering: Adjunct Professor John Grubb
  • Petroleum Engineering: Associate Professor Jennifer Miskimins, Assistant Professor Luis Zerpa
  • Physics: Professor Mark Lusk

2017 Faculty Awards Celebration

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A group of faculty and students from the Colorado School of Mines partnered with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver to promote women in STEM on Saturday, April 15.

The group, which included representatives from several different departments at Mines, set up presentations and demonstrations at the school, where girls of all ages, along with their parents, were able to experiment and learn more about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. 


Mines faculty and students  partnered with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver to promote women in STEM.

Mines faculty and students engaged students in a variety of experiments and activities throughout the day. The Mines Chemistry Department helped students create “polyworms” by adding liquid sodium alginate into a solution of calcium chloride, making gummy worms that showcased a range of different polymer properties. A group from the Physics Department shared four different activities with electricity and magnetism, while the Geophysics Department demonstrated small-scale earthquakes using a watermelon as a model for Earth. 

Other activities included learning about error detection in computers with the Computer Science Department, drilling for oil—aka maple syrup—with the Petroleum Engineering Department, and mining for chocolate chips from cookies with the Mining Department.

“Overall, it was a blast,” said Kamilia Putri, a graduate student in petroleum engineering, who noted the students were surprised to learn how much oil they used in everyday life. 

“Encouraging more women to enter STEM fields is always a worthy endeavor, and this was a great way for Mines to engage with students in an interactive way,” said Computer Science Professor Tracy Camp who helped organize Mines’ involvement in the event. “Events like these are not only a great way for students to learn about STEM, but also to learn about Mines and all of the exciting work we do here.


Mines' Geophysics Department demonstrated small-scale earthquakes using a watermelon as a model for Earth.

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Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

The Colorado School of Mines chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers hosted its annual Joint Session on April 12, 2017, bringing together Mines students, faculty, alumni and oil and gas industry professionals from across Colorado. 

The speaker this year was SPE International President Janeen Judah, who spoke to the bustling Friedhoff Hall audience about current trends in the industry and gave career advice for those looking to enter the field.

“Joint Session is essentially when the ‘Petro Mafia’ gets together from across Colorado to eat, drink and network with Mines students,” said Alexandra Susich, junior in petroleum engineering and director of this year’s Joint Session. “Having an SPE president—two out of the three years we've put on Joint Session here at Mines—reflects how well-respected Mines is by the industry.”

Judah highlighted current trends in the oil and gas industry, focusing on the “Big 3”: big data, automation and robotics, and visualization and simulation. She encouraged students to get involved with these latest technologies to stay up to speed with the evolving industry.

Judah went on with more career development tips, framing her talk around the “3 Es”: excellence, endurance and empowerment. She explained that in such a highly cyclical industry, endurance and empowerment and the ability to pay it forward and work through the hard times, are essential. She also challenged audience members to come up with other industries that are not overly affected by economic ups and downs, emphasizing that “it’s not just our industry”.

Excellence, Judah stressed, should never be overlooked, even when working an internship unrelated to your true interests. “Be good at the job that you have now,” she said. “Don’t be thinking so much about becoming a manager that you forget to be an engineer.” 

Mines SPE Chapter President Bryan McDowell was proud of how the event came together, and is confident that the club will continue to exemplify the excellence that has gained Mines SPE its reputation as a leader among student chapters nationwide.

“Leading the SPE student chapter has been a great experience, both personally and professionally,” McDowell said. “The level of commitment from our officers and members continues to amaze me. Maintaining high standards is tough, but maintaining those standards while innovating and reinventing our club takes another level of dedication and talent.”

 

View photos from the event in the slideshow below.

SPE Joint Session 2017

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A team of first-year students took the $25,000 top prize in an annual challenge sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation for a product inspired by a popular comic book hero, while an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering was honored as Inventor of the Year in a celebration of innovation held April 13, 2017, at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

Team ExoTechTeam ExoTech’s proposal for an exoskeleton that protects and supports a mine worker’s arms, legs and spine came out of mechanical engineering student Peter Wilson’s suggestion that they “build an Iron Man suit.”

The system includes a full-body harness that holds the miner’s equipment, a spinal support system that encourages good lifting form and a knee brace. The team consulted with biomechanical, materials and mine safety experts in designing the device and conducted market research to come up with an estimated cost and selling price and their target market.

While the practicality of the product got the team into the final round, it was the “cool factor” that kept them going, said Van Wagner, mechanical engineering. “We’d print out pieces, and seeing them made it easy to put in the extra effort.”

Rounding out the ExoTech team are Joshua Rands, engineering physics; Parker Steen, mechanical engineering; and Ben Topper, mechanical engineering. They were advised by Mirna Mattjik, teaching associate professor in the EPICS program. The $25,000 prize will be used to further develop their idea.

Team PipeWalker was named Most Innovative and received $2,500 for its proposal for a device that detects stresses, leaks and breaks in pipelines. Members included Zachary Brand, mechanical engineering; Iker Madera, geophysical engineering; John Oldland, engineering physics; Max Sweeney, mechanical engineering; and Jenna Lucas, civil engineering. They were advised by Petroleum Engineering Teaching Professor Linda Battalora.

Vader Technologies received $2,500 and the award for Most Market-Ready for a lightweight and comfortable respirator that’s an improvement on current devices. Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Assistant Professor Greg Rulifson advised the team, which is made up of petroleum engineering students Dania Elmadhun, Fadhila Tanjungsari, Khadija Uzzaman and Carlos Perdomo-Correa.

“You all are winners,” said Mike Aire MS ‘99, director of environment at Newmont and a Mines alumnus. “Just because you didn’t receive a prize tonight doesn’t mean you’re not going to get a call from us or some other company,” he said, addressing the other finalists.

“I am struck by how farther along you are in your thinking, behavior and skills than I was when I was on campus,” said Perry Eaton ‘81, Newmont’s chief geologist and also a Mines graduate. “It gives me optimism about the future and the planet.” Eaton hopes the competition has shown students that there are many interesting problems to work on in the mining business. “That’s why we need bright young minds and innovative ideas,” he said.

Melissa Krebs and Will Vaughan.Assistant Professor Melissa Krebs was named Inventor of the Year for her work in three distinct areas: polygels, scaffolding for regenerating bone and glaucoma monitoring.

“I’m incredibly honored,” said Krebs, who accepted the award with her two young daughters. “It’s been a lot of fun to bring biomedical to Colorado School of Mines.” She credited the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows in her lab, as well as her collaborations with the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The event at the Geology Museum was also a celebration of the growing culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Mines.

“Just knowing Mines’ quality of faculty, the creativity of its students and our connections with industry, there’s no reason we can’t be an entrepreneurship and innovation powerhouse,” said President Paul Johnson.

That innovation ecosystem has been in development for a couple of years, said Professor Kevin Moore, dean of the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences, and continues with the creation of the position of director of entrepreneurship and innovation. Werner Kuhr, who attended the event, is currently director of technology commercialization and industry professor of chemistry at Stevens Institute of Technology and will join Mines in July.

Will Vaughan, director of technology transfer at Mines, said it’s been another successful year for the university, with six start-ups in various stages of due diligence. Also recognized at the event were Mines’ University Innovation Fellows, the students behind the makerspaces on campus and the revived Entrepreneurship Club.

But that ecosystem also goes beyond the university and includes entities such as the city of Golden and Traxion, a Golden-based business accelerator.

“The city is proud of you,” said Steve Glueck, Golden’s director of community and economic development. “It’s time to focus on individuals and smaller-scale opportunities, and we look forward to sponsoring you.”

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Celebration

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Colorado School of Mines’ female academic and administrative faculty gathered April 10, 2017, to hear from colleagues who had attended the Academic Management Institute, part of the university’s efforts to develop more women leaders on campus.

The Academic and Administrative Women Faculty Joint Luncheon Meeting, organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, has been held every year since 2002. Mines has sent representatives to AMI since 1990. The institute brings together women in higher education throughout Colorado and Wyoming for presentations and workshops.

Faculty who attended this year’s Academic Management Institute were Jenifer Blacklock, teaching professor and assistant department head in mechanical engineering; Amy Clarke, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering; Lisa Goberis, director of student life business administration; and Tressa Ries, deputy controller.

“The goal of these meetings is to distribute knowledge about leadership and management to attendees by having the most recent AMI participants share what they’ve learned at the institute and discuss their AMI projects,” said Deb Lasich, associate vice president for diversity and inclusion. The meeting is also an opportunity to share good news as well as create a sense of community, she added.

About 75 faculty attended the event. Lia Franklin, executive assistant in Student Life, attended the institute last year and was selected as the AMI director for 2017-2018.

Academic and Administrative Women Faculty Joint Luncheon Meeting

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Ian Lange and Peter Maniloff

Division of Economics and Business professors Ian Lange and Peter Maniloff, in cooperation with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, were awarded a Sloan Foundation grant to host the Colorado Technology Primer for Economists and Social Scientists.

Two one-week sessions will be offered July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 14-18 on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden. Application materials are due April 25.

The goal of the summer primer is to provide advanced doctoral students and early-career academic professionals with an interdisciplinary (engineering and social science) understanding of electricity distribution systems and the interface of technology and policy. The summer sessions will help participants bridge the gap between economists’ and engineers’ perspectives as well as improve the quality and applicability of their academic research.

The two one-week sessions will essentially be identical, and applicants are asked to choose their preferred week to attend but should also give notice if they are available for either week. If selected, there will be no tuition fee. A small amount of travel and lodging reimbursement will also be available and the decisions on this award will be made concurrent with admission decisions.

The weeklong program will consist of seven lectures by staff members from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, faculty from Colorado School of Mines as well as industry professionals. Additionally, there will be a tour of NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility and National Wind Technology Center that will allow students to see the renewable energy systems and electrical equipment first-hand, supplementing the knowledge gained in the classroom.

The primer will have sessions on:

•          Principles of Power System Planning and Operations

•          Industrial Organization of Electricity Markets

•          Distribution System Principles and the Evolving Interface with the Bulk Power System

•          Determinants of Electricity Demand and their Impact on the Distribution System

•          Critical Issues for Distribution Systems Moving Forward

•          Understanding the Highs and Lows and Overall Challenges of Multidisciplinary Research

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applicants must be a registered PhD student in economics or a related field and have completed the first two years of coursework, or an early-career academic professional (post-doctoral fellow or assistant professor) in an economics or related university department.

Please submit the following for consideration:

  1. One page cover letter describing research interests in electricity distribution, renewable energy systems or related topics. In an effort to balance class sizes, please include preferred dates, and whether you are available for either session.
  2. Curriculum Vitae

Additionally, PhD students must submit a letter from an advisor or, if an advisor hasn’t been selected yet, a faculty member. This letter should be less than one page and should endorse the application to the summer primer.

The program welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas. Participants are expected to learn as much from fellow students as they will from the instructors, and diversity will enrich everyone involved.

Send all application materials electronically in a single PDF file to ilange@mines.edu by April 25. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by May 5. For questions about the program, contact Ian Lange, ilange@mines.edu.

CONTACT
Kelly Beard, Communication Specialist, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3452 | kbeard@mines.edu
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu

Colorado School of Mines Physics Professor and Department Head Jeff Squier will serve as a plenary speaker at Optics & Photonics International Congress 2017, to be held April 18 to 21 in Yokohama, Japan.

Jeff SquierOPIC is the largest international meeting in Japan concerning optics and lasers and seeks to discuss current and future developments in the field. It has been held every year since 2012, and will be held alongside the Optics & Photonics International Exhibition in an effort to bring together academia and industry.

Squier will present “Breaking limits: space-time focusing technologies for imaging and manipulation.” He will discuss the possibilities that femtosecond lasers—which emit pulses lasting just quadrillionths of a second—offer for the imaging and manipulation of biological systems. “We will show how large focal volumes which translate to large working distances, convenient for biology, can lead to gains in both imaging and manipulation without sacrificing resolution,” Squier said. Importantly, these methods are straightforward to implement, he added.

Squier leads a research group in ultrafast optics at Mines, is a member of the Microintegrated Optics for Advanced Bioimaging and Control research center and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. A collaboration with researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to characterize blood cells using tightly focused laser light was featured on the cover of Cytometry Part A in 2016.

Squier holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s in applied physics from Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD from the University of Rochester.

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Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Applied Science and Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu

Colorado School of Mines Computer Science Assistant Professor Hua Wang has received an NSF CAREER Award for a research project to create a new machine-learning model for mining various kinds of data that could lead to easier, earlier and less-costly detection of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

Computer Science Assistant Professor Hua WangThe project, called “Robust Brain Imaging Genomics Data Mining Framework for Improved Cognitive Health,” will receive $409,641 over five years.

Wang will develop algorithms aimed at revealing the relationships between people’s genetic information, how their brains appear in scans that measure volume and function and their performances in cognitive tests. “The algorithms can extract information from large amounts of data that cannot be directly analyzed by ourselves,” Wang said. The data for Wang’s project will come from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, which collects information to share with scientists around the world.

“How to fuse all this available information from different sources is a challenging mathematical problem,” Wang said. But the payoffs could be big.

Determining one person’s full genetic profile can cost several thousand dollars. If Wang’s project determines a link, for example, between a disease and a small section of that long genetic chain, testing one’s likelihood of developing the disease would be much cheaper. “I wouldn’t mind spending a few bucks to find that out,” Wang said. “For most people, that should not be a problem.”

The project could also determine which cognitive tests are most effective in diagnosing diseases, again saving patients and doctors money, time and effort. Early detection is important in Alzheimer’s, for example, because while the disease is currently irreversible, there are therapies that can slow down its progress significantly. Discovering these relationships could also contribute to cures for such diseases down the road.

The project will contribute to the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, a public-private research partnership that includes numerous government entities, universities, corporations and other institutions. The initiative seeks to create a better understanding of how exactly the brain—with its nearly 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections—functions.

Wang said his method of analyzing data could also be used to improve treatment of HIV/AIDS. While there are now many drugs that can treat the disease, the virus is highly adaptable and mutates quickly. Examining genetic data can help match the right drug to the right strain.

In addition, the technique could be used to create cheaper materials for storing clean energy, Wang said. Currently, such batteries require very expensive metals such as platinum as catalysts. A composite made with iron could work, but there are an almost infinite number of ways to combine metals and arrange their atoms. “It’s almost impossible to do for human beings, and it costs so much,” Wang said. “If we can solve this problem computationally, it would solve the cost problem.”

The project will also develop materials than can be used in K-12 classrooms, introducing students to machine learning and data mining fields “while communicating the relevance of their mathematics and science classes to futures in engineering,” Wang said.

Wang joined Mines in 2012 after completing his PhD in computer science and engineering at University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds a BS in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing and an MS in signal processing, electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu
Ashley Spurgeon, Editorial Assistant, Mines magazine | 303-273-3959 | aspurgeon@mines.edu

 
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering recently hosted WarmeFest, a two-day celebration in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. John Warme, bringing together over 100 alumni, colleagues and friends from across the world to celebrate his 50-year career. 
Professor Emertius John Warme reminisces on past expeditions during his keynote speech.
Professor Emertius John Warme reminisces on past expeditions during his keynote speech.

“Planning for the WarmeFest was a complete surprise to me, and was set up before I was told," said Warme. "The committee who put it together kept it a secret from me for three and a half months while they set it up, attending to every detail with cooperation from the Alumni Association, Foundation, college and department.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Illinois and a PhD from UCLA, Warme went on to hold a postdoctoral appointment as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He began his teaching career at Rice University in 1967, moving up the ranks from assistant to full professor prior to joining the Colorado School of Mines faculty in 1979. Warme served as the director of the Exploration Geosciences Institute during his tenure. He was granted emeritus status upon retirement in 2002.
 
Warme stated that he felt "deeply grateful to realize many things through this event" of which he was not fully aware. "It was a chance for me to review my career for myself as well as outline it for others, and realize that my academic history touched so many people who expressed their feelings,” he said.
 
“We all enjoyed learning more about Dr. Warme’s distinguished and eventful career,” said Geology and Geological Engineering Associate Professor Piret Plink-Björklund, one of the event’s organizers.
 
The Friday program included a welcome from Mines President Paul Johnson, as well as both technical talks and personal stories reflecting on research, field and classroom experiences with Warme.
 
“WarmeFest was a wonderful event honoring Dr. John Warme,” said College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering Dean Ramona Graves. “John’s scientific contribution to geology and his commitment to education are renowned. I personally enjoyed reminiscing with him about our co-taught classes and research. He was an important mentor to me as a young faculty member.”
 
A similar event honoring Dr. Robert J. Weimer’s 54 years of contribution to the Geology and Geological Engineering Department, WeimerFest, was held in 2004. In October 2011, the Mines Geology Trail was dedicated to Weimer. Similarly to WeimerFest, attendance registration fees for WarmeFest will be used to enrich the department, particularly students’ field activities.
 
“Every faculty should have such a marvelous chance to gather with former students, faculty and research colleagues, family and good friends, in the campus setting that was their academic home,” said Warme, giving his sincerest thanks to all involved in organizing the event.
 
View more photos from the event in the slideshow below.

 
 
Contact:
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu
 
 

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