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Emilie Rusch

Colorado School of Mines, Los Alamos National Laboratory announce joint appointment agreement

Exchange will enhance research at the national lab and teaching at the university
Aerial shot of Los Alamos National Laboratory

Located in Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. (Photo courtesy of LANL)

Colorado School of Mines and Los Alamos National Laboratory announce the signing of a new agreement to enable joint appointments between the two institutions.

Through this collaboration, Mines academic and research faculty will gain greater access to Laboratory staff, facilities, and resources, including prestigious Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) funding. Jointly appointed Laboratory staff, in turn, will be able to teach courses at Mines, serve as collaborators on Mines-led proposals, and advise Mines graduate students.

“Colorado School of Mines is excited to expand our collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said Mines President Paul C. Johnson. “Over the years, Mines faculty and students and Los Alamos researchers have worked together on research projects of national importance, and this agreement will lead to new and exciting efforts related to our focus on earth, energy, and environment.” 

The intent of the joint appointments is to facilitate retention, recognition, and recruitment of science and engineering staff and faculty while engaging students. The program strives to create a collaborative culture by establishing reciprocal benefits, rights, privileges, and obligations.

"Educational partnerships like this one are a win-win for both institutions,” said Laboratory Director Thom Mason. “I look forward to sharing talent and technology, strengthening academic relationships, and building workforce pipelines.”

Interested Laboratory employees should email David L. Clark (dlclark@lanl.gov) for more information. Interested Mines faculty should contact their department head. Joint appointments will require endorsement by a Los Alamos associate lab director or Mines dean.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad National Security LLC, a public service-oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. 

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

About Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is a public university focused on science and engineering, dedicated to educating and inspiring students, advancing knowledge, and innovating to address the great challenges society faces today—particularly those related to earth, energy, and the environment.

Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have expanded to meet the needs of industry and society, producing distinctive graduates and revolutionary innovations, and becoming a world leader in advancing sustainable use of the Earth’s resources.

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

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About Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today - particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.