Emilie Rusch

Payne Institute recognized among world’s top think tanks

Engineering Hall in summer

The Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines has been named one of the world’s top think tanks by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Payne Institute appears in the Energy and Resource Policy category of the university’s 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

Inclusion in the report shows the reach and reputation of the Payne Institute, which was founded in 2014 and named in honor of longtime energy executive Jim Payne '59 and his wife, Arlene, in recognition of their $5 million investment in 2015

The Payne Institute, which helps connect the technical excellence of the university to help inform policy decision-making, provides data-driven research, convenes topical dialogues, and supports education of the next generation of energy and environmental leaders.  

“We are delighted and honored to be included in this prestigious annual report,” said Morgan Bazilian, professor of public policy and director of the Payne Institute. “Our focus on rigorous analysis coupled with a collaborative approach seems to be bearing fruit.”

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Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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