Emilie Rusch

Colorado School of Mines celebrates Fall 2022 Undergraduate Commencement

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter was the distinguished speaker at Dec. 16 ceremony, 277 bachelor's degree conferred
Ed Perlmutter speaks on stage at Mines Commencement

Colorado School of Mines celebrated its Fall 2022 Undergraduate Commencement on Dec. 16, conferring a total of 277 bachelor’s degrees during the ceremony at Lockridge Arena. 

The ceremony’s distinguished speaker was U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter, who is retiring in January, has represented Golden and the rest of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.  

Watch the full ceremony and download the official Commencement program at See more photos on the Mines Flickr page


As part of the undergraduate ceremony, Mines honored its Fall 2022 Outstanding Graduating Seniors. Chosen by faculty and staff and each representing a different academic major, the 11 students were recognized for their high scholastic achievement and on-campus engagement. 

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Bora Basyildiz, Computational & Applied Mathematics 

Basyildiz, of Edwards, Colorado, plans to stay at Mines to work toward a thesis-based master’s degree in quantum engineering. As an NSF Quantum Engineering NRT Fellow, he will do his thesis in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  

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Daniel Richards-Dinger, Statistics 

Richards-Dinger, of Redlands, California, will return to Mines in the spring to finish his master’s degree before seeking employment in spatial statistics in the Denver area.  

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Sierra Schlussel, Chemical & Biological Engineering – Process Engineering Specialty 

Schlussel, of Evergreen, Colorado, will pursue a thesis-based master’s degree at Mines, conducting research on formic acid decomposition on transition metals.  

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Benjamin Costa, Chemical & Biological Engineering – Biological Engineering Specialty  

Costa, of Katy, Texas, has accepted a position with Chevron as a data engineer, where he hopes to use his combined skillset in data utilization and process understanding to drive improvements within manufacturing. 

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Savannah Dilley, Civil Engineering 

Dilley, of Montesano, Washington, plans to stay at Mines for another year to complete her master’s degree in environmental and water engineering, while also interning with Stantec and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

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Erin Taggart, Environmental Engineering 

Taggart, of Carlsbad, California, will join Burns & McDonnell in Denver, where she will work in the Civil/Structural Department and focus on stormwater design and environmental processes.  

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Nichole Starr, Computer Science 

Starr, of Evergreen, Colorado, has accepted a position at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Colorado Springs.  

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Luke Logan, Electrical Engineering 

Logan, of Lakewood, Colorado, will finish up his non-thesis master’s degree in electrical engineering in May before joining CesiumAstro in Broomfield, Colorado, as an RF engineer. There, he will be primarily designing phased array antennas for satellite applications. 

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Allison Palmer, Engineering 

Palmer, of Falcon, Colorado, is seeking opportunities to work in the field of designing sustainable and biophilic buildings that will improve the users' well-being and their relationship with the built environment.  

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Kadeja Salem, Mechanical Engineering  

Salem, of Centennial, Colorado, is looking forward to pursuing a career using her background in mechanical engineering and computer science to design and implement automation solutions.  

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Elias Roll, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering 

Roll, of Stillwater, Minnesota, plans to move to Portland, Oregon, where he intends to work in materials analysis and characterization or aerospace for a few years before pursuing a graduate degree in materials engineering.  



Humanitarian Engineering 

  • Distinction for Leadership in Humanitarian Engineering: Melanie Breckenridge and Allison Palmer 

Mechanical Engineering 

  • Emeritus Faculty Exemplary Undergraduate Award: Evelyn Cook 
  • John Steele Commemorative Service Award: Adam Schwartz 

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 

  • Alan Kissock Award: Elias Roll and Heather Slomski 
  • Clark B. Carpenter Award: Christian Godfrey 

Mining Engineering 

  • H.G. Washburn Award: Maghee McMullen 

University-wide Awards 

The Dan Fox Outstanding Student Service Award is presented by the Division of Student Life to the students who, during their tenure at Mines, above their academic role, vigorously participated in activities for the greater benefit of their peers and community to promote excellence and well-being: Katherine Aubert 

The President’s Senior Scholar Athlete Award is presented to one graduating female and one graduating male athlete, each with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, who have lettered in a sport during their senior year and have has demonstrated leadership qualities of an exemplary student-athlete: Patricia Drew Stokes, Volleyball, and Jack Peterson, Football 


The following students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army: 

  • Christian Canon 

  • Andrew Dayhoff 

  • Wesley Linder 

The following students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force: 

  • Avery Baltunis 

  • Robert Brendse 

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

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