The President’s Committee on Diversity hosted the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Luncheon on January 17, 2016. In addition to celebrating Dr. King’s work, the event honored Mines community members who are exceptional in their appreciation for diversity and understanding its value on campus.

MLK speech in Friedhoff Hall

What started as a small breakfast gathering in 2004 to celebrate diversity and community on MLK Day has turned into a well-known campus tradition 13 years later. Since 2008, Mines has held a breakfast and an awards ceremony recognizing select members of the Mines community.  Members of the community are nominated for the MLK Recognition Award, and the MLK Day Planning Committee selects the winners.

This year, the inspirational “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. was broadcast on the monitors in Friedhoff Hall after the recipients received their awards. The moving speech was an ideal way to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his movement towards equality and diversity.

The 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award Recipients are:

Holly Eklund, Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Eklund was nominated by a fellow AMS faculty member for her extensive involvement in the Multicultural Engineering Program. She was described as “not only a mathematics instructor, but also as a friend and mentor to the students in the program.” Eklund is also a valued CSM101 mentor and faculty advisor for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers student chapter.

Iker Madera, a senior in Geophysics was nominated by a fellow student because of his “interest in reaching out to children of underrepresented groups to encourage their involvement in STEM.”

Blake Jones, a junior in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was nominated by a fellow student for his goal is to increase recognition of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (oSTEM) on campus. He was described as an “advocate for LGBTQ rights, education and inclusion,” as well as “the only student on campus certified to give SafeZone training.”

Nominated by a faculty member, students Hannah Grover, Jessica Deters, Jacquie Feuerborn, Izabel Aguiar and Joanna Clark were selected for their work as executive officers of the campus club, Equality Through Awareness. The goal of the club is to address issues facing minorities in STEM, including gender, ethnic and racial minorities.

MLK "I have a dream..." post cards
To encourage reflection on Dr. King’s powerful words, attendees were asked to complete the sentence “I have a dream…” on postcards, filling in their own desires for equality and social justice.

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Newmont Mining Corporation has challenged Mines students to develop team-based, innovative solutions to improve sustainability in natural resource industries. A series of workshops and related innovation events will take place the week of Jan. 17–20, culminating with the Mines Innovation Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 21. Student teams will present prototypes featuring their innovations at the challenge, and will be judged on how well they demonstrate a high probability of success.

“Students will have the opportunity to hear from and work directly with Mines alumni in both the mining and oil and gas industries,” said Robin Bullock, associate engineering teaching professor. “We’re excited to see the student ideas, which are generated to address real-world problems and opportunities."

At the challenge, teams will formulate and iterate low-resolution prototypes to improve the environmental, safety, development or closure of mining or oil and gas operations. A panel of judges will select up to six winning teams to receive $1,000 to refine their prototype under the mentorship of a Mines professor, along with a free, one-credit technical elective class. The selected teams will also have a chance at an award of $36,000 to cultivate and advance their ideas further. In February, they will present their project prototypes at the Western Mining Convention

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 4-5 p.m.
Brown Building MakerSpace Grand Opening
Blaster Design Factory (Brown Hall, first floor atrium)
Ribbon-cutting by President Johnson for Mines’ newest student design space

Wednesday, Jan. 18 | 3-6 p.m.
Workshops: soldering, PVC skills, 3D printing and more!
Information »

Thursday, Jan. 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.            
Grand Challenge Scholars Program Launch
Marquez Hall 108

Saturday, Jan. 21 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.          
2017 Innovation Challenge
Brown Hall W280
Register now »

More information on Entrepreneurship & Innovation Week »

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Graduates at the 2016 Midyear Commencement Ceremony
Keynote speaker Martin Keller, director of the National Renewable Energy Lab, addresses the graduates during the 2016 Midyear Graduate Commencement Ceremony. 

On December 16, 2016, 195 bachelor's students, 134 master’s students and 47 doctoral students will walk across the Lockridge Arena stage and shake President Paul C. Johnson’s hand, a symbolic gesture representing the end of one era and the beginning of another. As graduation draws near, we took a moment to reflect on how Mines has influenced its graduating seniors. In all, 213 bachelor's and 181 master's and doctoral students will earn their degrees from Colorado School of Mines this month. 

As the end of the semester wraps up and students finish their last round of final exams, we asked soon-to-be graduates what they will remember most about Mines and how their time here has shaped them. “Mines taught me to work my hardest,” said metallurgical and materials engineering student Mitchell Hopper. Mines without a doubt provided a challenging education for soon-to-be graduates, “but the feeling of success and reward you get when you finish a problem you thought was impossible is the best feeling in the world,” said Kerry McQuaid, also a metallurgical and materials engineering student.

Whether coming together to express their Oredigger pride during Homecoming or study for finals, each Mines student has had a unique experience. “My most memorable experience at Mines was watching the E-Days fireworks,” said McQuaid. “That’s when the fact that I was in college at a school I really love solidified for me.” For some students, Mines was a home away from home, a place where one felt included and comfortable.

Mines graduates will take with them more than just the unforgettable memories or a superior knowledge of math and science. “Mines has allowed me to see just how many possible paths to success exist,” said civil engineering student Claire Mahoney. “Engineering education is really just learning how to learn.” Mines fosters an environment for students to grow and expand their ideas, enabling countless students to feel prepared to join the workforce. As a result, many employers share the belief that Mines graduates are more effective team players due to their tendency to be collaborative rather than competitive.

Most graduates have a clear picture of their goals for the future. Logan Woish, a metallurgical and materials engineering student, said he wanted to “be involved in developing and characterizing materials systems for 3D-printed foams for application in sports helmets and blast protection.” And some students are just excited to be out in the world. Samuel Drescher, a mechanical engineering student, is most looking forward to traveling after graduation. “I am ready to graduate,” he said. “But I would have told you that freshman year too.”

No matter what graduates do once they leave, Mines will stay in the heart of each and every Oredigger. Good luck to the graduating class of 2016. Go Orediggers!

Check out the video below of the Class of Fall 2016 Orediggers reflecting on their time at Mines, and sharing their plans for the journey ahead.

Student Awards and Recognitions

Every commencement, a select number of graduates are recognized for their achievements in service, scholarship and activities.

Outstanding undergraduate seniors for the 2016 Midyear Commencement are:

  • Derek Smith, Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Elliott Gordon, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jason Loving, Chemistry and Geochemistry
  • Erikka Baker, Computer Science
  • Patrick Sean Callahan, Economics and Business
  • Nicholas Joel Markel, Electrical Engineering
  • John S. Hinton, Geophysics
  • Kathryn Regas, Mechanical Engineering
  • Logan Woish, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Tyler Rockley, Mining Engineering
  • Richard Rice, Petroleum Engineering
  • Marc Valdez, Physics

The 2016 midyear undergraduate commencement awardees and recognized graduates are:

  • The Charles N. Bell, 1906, Award is presented to Nikky McIntosh for completing a course in mining with the most progress in schoolwork during the entire period for which the course is given.
  • The Honorable D.W. Brunton Award is presented to Josef Bourgeois for meritorious work in mining.
  • The Clark B. Carpenter Award is presented to Enkhjin Tumurbaatar and Jacob Tavenner. This award is presented to the outstanding graduating senior(s), who, in the opinion of the seniors in mining and metallurgy and the professors in charge of the respective departments, is the most deserving of this award.
  • The Mary & Charles Cavanaugh Award is presented to Mason Woish in metallurgy and determined by scholarship, professional activity and participation in school activities.
  • The Computer Science Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher is presented to Daniel Mawhirter.
  • The Computer Science Faculty Choice Award is presented to Trevor Worth.
  • The Maryanna Bell Kafadar Award is presented to Christine Pumford for excelling in humanities courses and humanities-related activities.
  • The H.G. Washburn Award is presented to Stephen Candelaria for good scholastic record in mining and active participation in athletics.
  • The Materials Engineering Faculty Award is presented to Logan Woish for participating and contributing to campus life and academic achievement and expressing those characteristics of a well-rounded graduate that Mines aspires to develop in its students.
  • The Physics Faculty Distinguished Graduates are Jacob Wilson and Mollie Murray.
  • The President’s Senior Scholar Athlete Award is presented to Amber Harley and Richard Rice. This award is presented to one female and male athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, has lettered in a sport during their senior year and who has demonstrated leadership qualities of an exemplary student-athlete.
  • The George T. Merideth Award is presented to Brandon S. Clayton for demonstrating early leadership potential in the field of Geophysical Engineering.
  • The Harvey Scholars Program recognizes Mollie Murray and Kylen McClintock.
  • The Guy T. McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs recognizes Christine Pumford and Caleb Clough. This program allows students to explore the interfaces between their areas of technical expertise and the humanities and social sciences resulting in a minor in public affairs with the honors distinction.
  • Blue Key recognizes Joshua Reed and Jacob Wilson as students with achievements in service, scholarship and activities.
  • The Order of the Omega recognizes Christine Pumford for outstanding leadership in fraternity and sorority systems.
  • Ye Liu is recognized as the outstanding chemical and biological engineering student.
  • Heidi M. Logsdon, Jason A. Loving and Steven D. Mohan will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
  • Patrick S. Callahan will be commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

The 2016 midyear commencement master’s and doctoral student awardees are:

  • The Dr. Bhakta Rath and Sushama Rath Research Award was presented to Rui Zhao who is graduating with a doctoral degree in computer science. The Rath award recognizes a Colorado School of Mines doctoral graduate whose thesis demonstrates the greatest potential for societal impact. Read more about Rui Zhao's work and award.
  • Rath Award finalists were: Kevin Albrecht (Mechanical Engineering), Ali Moradi (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Whitney Poling (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering), Adam Stokes (Materials Science), Michael Teter (Operations Research with Engineering).
  • The Mendenhall prize is awarded to Yuting Duan from the Geophysics Department to its outstanding PhD graduate.

Undergraduate Ceremony Video




Students from Alameda International Junior/Senior High School visited Colorado School of Mines on December 7 as part of an outreach program aimed at connecting high schools with a diverse student body to Mines—with a focus on earth science. The program, Mining for Talent, was initiated by the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (IGWMC) in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Schools and funded by the National Science Foundation. 
Professor of Hydrology Kamini Singha, graduate students from the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program and staff from the IGWMC led the group throughout the day, which included hands-on lab activities, interactive demos, a scavenger hunt in the Geology Museum and more.
“I really want to provide opportunities for some of our local high schools with students underrepresented in earth science to see what we all do here,” said Singha. “These kids are bright and motivated, and starting to think about college. Mines might be the kind of place some of them would consider, especially when they see all we can do here.”
The students participated in a number of lab activities—from generating earthquakes using smartphones and mapping contamination in the subsurface to exploring the role of biology on geochemical reactions. With each activity, they toured a related campus facility, such as the Earth Mechanics Institute and the Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Processes, exposing them to the daily activities of these centers.
Twelve graduate students from HSE participated in the outreach program. “I’m glad Mines is reaching out to local high schools”, said Annette Hein, who led a campus tour. “I hope we can help these students get excited about science and engineering.”
The interactive day ended with an info session aimed at helping the students focus on what they can do in their last years in high school to help them get into the college of their choice.
Travis Ramos, a new graduate student in HSE who just earned his bachelor's from Mines, led a presentation on what a day in the life of a college student looks like. “College is truly a time to empower yourself to make an impact in the world,” said Ramos. “I wanted most of all for them to know that college will help them explore their interests, discover their passions and provide a platform for them to excel in life.”
This program will be funded through NSF for another year, and Singha and the IGWMC are looking into other opportunities to engage diverse students on campus. 
See more photos from the day here.
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Rui Zhao sits on the swing on the porch of Coolbaugh House at Mines.
Rui Zhao won the December 2016 Rath Award for the PhD thesis with the greatest potential for societal impact.

Computer science PhD student Rui Zhao was awarded Colorado School of Mines’ December 2016 Dr. Bhakta Rath and Sushama Rath Research Award. Thanks to the generosity of Bhakta Rath, associate director of Material Science and Component Technology at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and his wife, Sushama Rath, the biannual Rath Award recognizes a Colorado School of Mines doctoral graduate whose thesis demonstrates the greatest potential for societal impact.

Zhao first discovered the complex world of cyber security after his parents bought him his first computer when he was in high school. “I used the computer as a gaming machine, but one day while playing a game, I noticed that nothing worked,” he said. “I spent a lot of time figuring out that my computer was infected with a virus and then how to remove it.” This experience, combined with learning programming language to help his mother create various automated reports for her job, directed him toward an interest in computer science and network security.

Advised by computer science professor Chuan Yue, Zhao’s dissertation explores the vulnerabilities and data protection in end-user applications, particularly those on web, cloud and smartphone platforms. “I wanted to first explore the vulnerabilities in those applications and then try to propose new, different techniques to protect our sensitive information,” Zhao explained.

In his dissertation, titled "Vulnerability Exploration and Data Protection in End-User Applications," Zhao addresses the most critical and challenging password security problems by systematically exploring a promising password manager approach, leading to two main contributions: a vulnerability analysis of two popular commercial password managers and another analysis of built-in password managers used by popular browsers as well as a cloud-based design. These analyses prompted at least one top web browser vendor and one third-party vendor to make necessary changes to their password managers.

Zhao also investigated sophisticated phishing attacks and performed a user study to evaluate the effectiveness of such attacks. Zhao said that he has seen these phishing attacks up close. During his studies at another institution, he witnessed the effects of a phishing email sent out from a compromised employee account, which led to individual paychecks being directly deposited into the attacker’s account. “I didn’t want to see that happen again,” Zhao said. “That’s the reason why security is so important.”

Yet digital security concerns do not end there. Many extensions exist for browser users to download and use; however, many of these extensions can accidentally leak private information and compromise the user. “Browser extensions can provide you with more functionality, but they can also access everything you access or even everything you type on a webpage,” Zhao said. “We found that many of those browser extensions collect your information, but they do not protect it, and it leaks out to the network.” To help combat this problem, Zhao designed and implemented a framework called LvDetector that combines program analysis techniques for automatic detection of information vulnerabilities in browser extensions.

These efforts are already starting to provide better security protection for Internet users, yet Zhao did not expect to win the Rath Award. “It was a Monday that my thesis was approved. That evening the dean of graduate studies called me and congratulated me,” Zhao said. “That was quite exciting, because I know only one PhD student can get this award and it’s really competitive. And I know the other candidates also had very strong backgrounds and publications. I was very lucky to receive this award.”


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Seven students from the winning senior design team, Pig Patrol. Mechanical Engineering

Pig Patrol, a team of seven mechanical engineering seniors at Colorado School of Mines, received first place in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Fall Senior Design Trade Fair on December 1, 2016. They designed an integrated cleaning and inspection pig (ICIP) that can collect data more frequently and affordably, without interrupting the pipeline flow.

“Pigging” is a common term in pipeline management, referring to devices known as “pigs” that perform maintenance operations. The name originally referred to the squealing noise the early devices made while traveling in the pipe.

“Basically we need to find defects along the inside of oil pipelines so that pipes don’t rupture,” explained team member Kyle Crews. “We designed a robot that can travel along the inside of the pipeline, find the defects and report them back using a unique sensor that could have a big impact on this market. Our design allows for more frequent testing in a cost-effective way.”

The team is working to possibly take to market the sensor technology that they adapted in the design of their pig. The team’s design acquires lower quality data but in a higher quantity that would allow companies to run the ICIP every time the pipeline is cleaned, rather than every couple of years.

“We have a really close-knit team,” said Crews, “and want to take this forward after graduation, even though several of us are moving out of state. We’ve had a lot of great feedback from people in the industry. We also want to thank our client, Craig Champlin, and our faculty advisor, Jered Dean, who really guided us along over the past two semesters.”

The +4 Designs team received second place for their design of an adjustable down-hole probe-centralizer to be used in geophysical testing by their client, Mount Sopris Instruments. The third place team, Dynamic Hydration Systems, created a hydration system intended for endurance auto racing drivers. They built and tested a system that delivers hydration to the driver without detracting from the driver’s focus through a refillable and detachable component.

Other projects included two for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, one developing an online method for measuring the residence time distribution for a biofuel pre-treatment reactor and the other an instrumentation system to determine the physical level and density of process material inside a thermochemical hydrolysis reactor.

Several teams presented projects aimed at improving Mines’ campus, such as an electrical system aimed at allowing the Starzer Welcome Center to function for 48 hours during an interruption of service and another that looked at better stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure.

For the second time, a Mines senior design team constructed a hands-on educational device for the Boulder Journey School. The human-powered water system is designed to introduce children to cause-and-effect relationships via the use of gears, pulleys and other mechanical devices.

Mines Formula Society of Automotive Engineers also presented an aerodynamic design for the car they will use in their 2017 competition in Nebraska. Students from Mines Human Centered Design Studio presented early prototypes of their adaptive equipment designs, even though they will be competing in the spring trade fair. 

More information about all the teams can be found on the Capstone site. Photos from the event are available on Flickr and via the slideshow below.

2016 Fall Capstone Trade Fair


Trade Fair Winners

1st Place – Pig Patrol – Integrated Cleaning and Inspection Pipeline Pigging Robot

Students: Logan Nichols, Evan Marshall, Grant DeShazer, Evan Thomas, Matthew Atherton, Victoria Steffens, Kyle Crews

Client: Craig Champlin

Adivsor: Jered Dean

Consultant: John Steele

2nd Place – +4 Designs – Adjustable Downhole Centralizer

Students: Steven Blickley, Nick Markel, Jenevieve Parker, Steven Staszak

Clients: Mount Sopris Instruments: Curtis Baker, Jody DuMond

Advisor: Buddy Haun

Consultants: Jered Dean


3rd Place – Dynamic Hydration Systems - Endurance Auto Racing Hydration System Challenge

Students: Will Bennett, Matt Craig, Jaime DuBois, Kaan Korkmaz, Allen Jackson, Ry Walter

Client: Scott Durham

Advisor: Robin Steele

Consultants: Robert Amaro


Broader Impacts Essay Winners

1st Place - “Are Electric Vehicles More Brown than Green?” by Kelly Dempsey

2nd Place – “Learning to Drive” by Ben Koehler

3rd Place – “The Broader Impacts of Design Choices in the Airline Industry” by Connor Groeneweg



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Mines students at commencement

This December, Colorado School of Mines will hold two mid-year degree commencement ceremonies:

·      The undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Lockridge Arena.

·      The graduate Commencement Ceremony (MS and PhD students) will take place on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. also in Lockridge Arena.

If you are unable to make it to the ceremony, livestream viewings are available via the links below.

·      Dec. 16 undergraduate ceremony

·      Dec. 16 graduate ceremony

Share your commencement memories on social media using the hashtag: #MinesGrad2016

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At the World University Sport Climbing Championship,
Kuhnel placed 12th out of 50 male climbers.

In October 2016, Martin Kuhnel, a sophomore majoring in engineering physics, flew to Shanghai, China to represent Colorado School of Mines in the World University Sport Climbing Championships.

The competition is basically “the capstone of university climbing,” said Kuhnel, and brings rock climbers from all over the world to one spot. Kuhnel applied and was accepted based on his collegiate national ranking: second overall in the nation. He was excited to compete internationally and represent Mines as “a part of the first university sport climbing championship to take place.”

Kuhnel started climbing and competing when he was nine years old. Nearly a decade later, he is still climbing competitively, training at Earth Treks to keep himself in shape. Of the three rock climbing disciplines—sport climbing, bouldering and speed climbing—Kuhnel mainly participates in sport climbing, providing him with longer and tougher routes. “I mainly do a lot of endurance training since it’s longer routes,” he said. “I try to climb for the majority of a training session.”

The climbers of the U.S. team representing America at the
World University Climbing Champtionships.

And his endurance training was put to the test. Of the 22 U.S. team members in the competition, Kuhnel was one of four participating in sport climbing, which relies on strength and stamina. “It’s a really difficult climb,” he explained. “Each hold is an extra point as you work your way up.”

Yet Kuhnel’s experience and dedication paid off as he placed 12th overall out of over 50 climbers.  When asked what’s next, Kuhnel said, “I want to keep competing and getting into the open circuit more. It’s nice to have a balance.”

Read more about Kuhnel’s journey to the World University Sport Climbing Championships here.


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Members of Mines Maker Society working in the new Blaster Design Factory.

Imagine three students who meet in their first-year Design EPICS course. They have different majors but share the same passion for creating and entrepreneurship. Even with busy schedules, they are sure if they just had the space and access to equipment, they could make one of their ideas a reality. They could build it if they just had…a makerspace.

Mines College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Dean Kevin Moore has been a staunch advocate for more design and fabrication spaces for students. "Recently, colleges and universities have recognized the importance of hands-on, active learning experiences in the development of engineers and scientists,” said Moore. “Students gain some of those experiences in classes, but it is also valuable for them to have the opportunity to work on building prototypes of their ideas in an extracurricular setting."

Three new makerspaces opened this semester: Blaster Design Factory in Brown Hall, Digger Design Lab in the Engineering Annex, and the adjoining EPICS woodshop. It was a collaborative effort to establish and upgrade several makerspaces, with student help coming from the University Innovation Fellows, the Maker Society, the Entrepreneurship Club, The Blaster Hackers club, the Creative Arts club and faculty support via the Pathways to Innovation group, as well as donors and administration.

While Mines students have had access in the past to makerspaces such as the foundry in Hill Hall or the garage and machine shop in Brown Hall, the new spaces are unique in that they provide a place to explore design and plans.

“Blaster Design Factory is the ideal place to start your project,” according to Frank Musick, a graduate student in Engineering and Technology Management who started the Maker Society while earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Mines. “It’s really the hub for all the other makerspaces, and it is the only one that is student-run and with 24/7 access.”

Located on the second floor of Brown, Blaster Design Factory has a vinyl cutter, a heat press and rapid prototyping supplies. A 3-D printer is on order. “We purposefully started small,” explained Musick. “The goal has never been to just set up a lot of stuff and call it done. We want to see the space grow based on student demand and use. The emphasis right now is on the design process. We have white boards and design software such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks and the full Adobe Suite. Just having full admin rights to be able to download open-source design software makes a big difference.”

The Digger Design Lab offers a different kind of space that is more focused on fabrication and assembly. The Maker Society held an early opening during Homecoming weekend to announce the spaces, and plan to provide more tours and training in January.

The Woodshop and Digger Design Lab at the Engineering Annex.

“Shared spaces are built on trust,” said Musick. “We all have a vested interested in making things that do things. The space isn’t going to meet every need, but it is a huge step for innovation at Mines and part of an even grander vision.”

Moore sees the new makerspaces as a way to “stimulate innovation and support the efforts of budding student entrepreneurs. We are very excited to see this new resource used by our students."

On November 29, #GivingTuesday, Mines Foundation will aim to raise $3K for Mines Makerspaces in one day so students have the latest tools and technology to roll up their sleeves and make something amazing. Makerspaces provide an environment for students to collaboratively learn skills to construct and prototype their innovative ideas.
Your support will help expand and outfit these spaces allowing students to free-form creativity and learn skills like drilling, woodworking, welding and sewing. Learn more at Outfit Mines Makerspaces


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A team of Colorado School of Mines students competed at the Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl, hosted by Mines on November 12, and will advance to the national competition. This is the second year in a row that Mines has earned a bid to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
The Mines team with advisors. Left to right: Dana Steiner, Ian Kramer, Kirsten Fong, Toni Lefton, Sandy Woodson, Hannah Grover, Azriel Wolffe, Parker Bolstad.
The Mines team with faculty advisors. Left to right: Dana Steiner, Ian Kramer, Kirsten Fong, Toni Lefton, Sandy Woodson, Hannah Grover, Azriel Wolffe, Parker Bolstad.
Ethics Bowl is a program sponsored by the Association for Practical and Applied Ethics (APPE) at Indiana University, and is also a function of the Ethics Across Campus Program at Mines. For the competition, universities field teams that debate the ethical aspects of current issues and cases, promoting civil discourse and logical argumentation.
Teams from 10 schools across the Rocky Mountain region competed in the 2016 regional competition, each defending their moral assessments of some of today’s most complex ethical issues.
Liberal Arts and International Studies professors Toni Lefton and Sandy Woodson coached the Mines team, which included students Dana Steiner, Ian Kramer, Kirsten Fong, Hannah Grover, Azriel Wolffe and Parker Bolstad.
“All the participating teams were very strong, and Mines is fortunate to have had these dedicated and talented students representing us,” said Woodson. “They represent the best of what a Mines education means: hard work, critical thinking, and the ability to address complicated problems.”
The team spent over nine weeks preparing for the regional competition, holding evening practices and weekend spars to deliberate the cases they would be defending.
The team forms an argument during an evening practice leading up to the regional competition.
The team forms a case argument during an evening practice leading up to the regional competition.
Lefton said that she is proud of the voices each of the Mines team members brought to the table, “and the concrete ways in which our team humanized and contextualized each issue as they reasoned through the moral complexities.”
It was engineering physics senior Hannah Grover’s second year participating in the Ethics Bowl—she values the skills that she has gained by participating. 
“We aren't just looking for some solution, because these ethical dilemmas don't have straightforward answers,” explained Grover. “What we are really learning how to do it approach controversial and uncertain situations with an open mind and be able to listen to and process a variety of opinions. Even though these discussions are in the context of a competition, the skills I've learned apply to all aspects of my life. I have become a better listener and a better thinker, and hopefully I can try and share these skills with everyone around me.” 
Both the Mines team and a team from Arizona State University will be advancing to the 21st National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, to be held in Dallas, Texas in February.
“Now that we're going to Nationals, it really just means that we have to hit the ground running when the cases drop in January,” said chemical and biological engineering senior Dana Steiner. “Up until then we can take a break for a bit, but we have half the time to prepare for Nationals, so it will be a busy seven weeks. I love spending time with this team though—we really build off of each other and have fun conversations.”
Grover said that she also loves spending time with the team, and that she is most excited about “getting to work on new cases and have important ethical conversations with other students from all across the country.”
Woodson noted, “I'm very proud of them, and think our chances at Nationals are good.”

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