Mines team reclaims Materials Bowl crown

A team of Colorado School of Mines students dominated the Materials Bowl at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, held March 11-15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The team comprised undergraduates Melissa Thrun and John Copley and graduate students Joe Jankowski and Chloe Johnson, all in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Karen Chen served as an alternate and prepared alongside the team.

The team squeaked by its first-round opponent, University of North Texas, but handily beat their next two, leading the University of Florida team by 15 points midway through the final round.

Mines has now won six of the 12 Materials Bowls, a materials-themed knowledge and trivia competition. Only one other school has won more than once.

“The students studied hard to represent Mines and did an outstanding job,” said faculty advisor Gerald Bourne, MME teaching professor and assistant department head. “Each year we have had a strong showing.”

“Kudos to them for their hard work to prepare for this event and to the faculty who push them to be competitive every year,” added Mike Kaufman, dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering and professor of metallurgical and materials engineering.

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