Lead Story

Building History: Campus Structures Reveal Mines’ Past

By Debra Melani

Fine architecture has been associated with Colorado School of Mines since its earliest days, from the work of 19th century Colorado designer Robert S. Roeschlaub, creator of the Central City Opera House, to Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, designers of the iconic glass-cube Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City. To mark Mines’ 140th anniversary, we use architecture to retrace the institution’s journey from a small, one-building technical school on the American frontier to the globally respected university of applied science and engineering it is today.

Editor's Take

Spirited Photobomb and Farewell

By Nick Sutcliffe


If you were expecting the summer issue sooner, I apologize—“Building History” was some time in the making. It’s a brief history of Mines through the lens of campus architecture (with a few digressions along the way) and it has been a lot of fun (and work) to put together.

Inside Mines

Water-Energy Education Center Launched

By Carol Chapman


Created with a $3 million gift to study and enhance awareness of water challenges in the petroleum industry, the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST (Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology) at Colorado School of Mines is the first major partnership between a university and the energy industry that is primarily charged with studying water issues related to the production of unconventional oil and natural gas.

Inside Mines

Personal Best Follows Brain Tumor Recovery for Mines Runner

By Colin Bonnicksen


Mines track and field runner Neal Anderson ’12, MS ’14 doesn’t view the brain tumor that derailed his senior year of athletic competition in the same light as others. “The brain tumor was kind of like … just another injury. Obviously a little more severe and it caused a lot more worry for the people I love, but in my mind, I don’t think I’ve done anything that special,” Anderson says.

Inside Mines

Mines Helps with Grand Mesa Slide Investigation

By Nick Sutcliffe


Soon after the massive landslide that killed three men on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado on May 26, Paul Santi PhD ’95, professor and head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, accompanied by Karen Berry, interim head of the Colorado Geological Survey, toured the site as members of an advisory group assembled by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside Mines

Just Published

By Mines magazine


• Plastics and Sustainable Piping Systems
• Programming the Finite Element Method, Fifth Edition
• Decision Analysis for Petroleum Exploration, 3.0 Edition

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Summer 2014

By Amie Chitwood

Frederick C. Aldrich ’48
Frank J. Anderson ’64
Herbert J. Ashe ’49
Manuel Bettencourt Dias ’50, MS ’51
W. Rex Bull
Peter G. Burnett ’43
William Wei-Liang Chu ’50
Michael R. Collodi ’72
David F. Coolbaugh ’43, ’47, DSc ’61
William J. Holtman ’43, MS ’47
Clement A. Lehnertz Jr. ’52
George B. Lucas
Thomas O. Miles ’76, MS ’85
Eugene C. Olinger ’54
Hubert M. Rackets ’42
Martin C. Stanger ’44
Hendrik K. van Poollen MS ’50, DSc ’55
Gerald E. Van Sickle ’58
Francisco F. Vidal ’51
Terril E. Wilson ’61
Peter Yurcisin ’53

Inside Mines

Engineering Assistive Technologies

By Kathleen Morton


Two creative projects aimed at improving the safety and mobility of people with disabilities received special recognition at the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Spring 2014 Trade Fair.

Inside Mines

Where the Exceptionally Gifted Fit In

By Rob Neilley


Able to count to 20 in three languages by the age of 2, 16-year-old Mines student Santiago Gonzalez was reading about minerals and rocks from a college textbook before he ever attended elementary school. By age 8, he was studying programming languages, building a website (hicaduda.com) and creating apps. Today, he is fluent in more than 10 programming languages and has written 16 applications.

Inside Mines

Mines Hosts Amputee Mobility Clinic

By Mines magazine


Amputees aged 3 to 70 came to campus May 3 for a running and mobility clinic cosponsored by Mines and Hanger Clinic, an orthotic and prosthetic services and products provider.

Inside Mines

Spring 2014 Commencement

By Mines magazine


Another wave of Miners was congratulated by proud family members and welcomed into the alumni community on May 9, 2014, at a ceremony where Clarence Cazalot Jr., retired chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil, delivered the keynote address.

Inside Mines

President’s Corner: Not the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Here

By Mines magazine


I hope that you’ve had a chance to enjoy your summer by spending time in the mountains, on the beach or your own favorite place. Here in Golden, the pace does slow down a bit mid-May through mid-August, but our campus is anything but sleepy.

Inside Mines

Children’s Hospital and Mines Announce Second Round of Research

By Nick Sutcliffe

After piloting several successful research collaborations in 2013 between Children’s Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado and Mines, four new projects have been announced for 2014.

Web Extras

In Brief: Summer 2014

By Mines magazine

Business Insider ranks Mines degree as #1 most underrated, Professor Marcelo Simoes awarded Green Energy and Technology Award, and more.

Alumni Profiles

Risk, Failure, Hard Work and Lots of Success

By Brad Dunevitz


Some people pack their lucky rabbit’s foot when they head to Las Vegas. Others make sure they take the right clothes so they’ll look sharp night and day. When Charles “Chuck” Shultz ’61 went to Vegas for his honeymoon during his junior year at Mines, he took a slide rule. “I still had homework to finish,” says Shultz.

Alumni Network

Alumni Weekend 2014: Why You Come Back to Mines

By Mines magazine


Rekindled friendships, blue skies and Mines pride marked the events on campus April 24–26, 2014, when alumni from the classes of ’79, ’74, ’69, ’64, Golden Miners (’35–’63) and others celebrated their return to the school that helped launch their careers.

Alumni Network

1964 Time Capsule Opened

By Mines magazine


A time capsule buried in the cornerstone of the student center in 1964 was extracted just prior to Alumni Weekend, giving the 50th reunion class an opportunity to see the contents during their class breakfast at the President’s Residence on April 25.

Alumni Network

Celebration of Alumni 2014 Award Winners

By Mines magazine


On April 25, 2014, the following individuals were honored for their contributions to Mines during the Celebration of Alumni dinner, one of the highlights of Alumni Weekend.

Web Extras

Adios, Arecibo

By Lexi Humann


I spent my final week in Puerto Rico finishing up my project and preparing a presentation for the Arecibo staff and students. While the dish has not yet been cleaned, I was able to start a design project that will be passed down through future generations of undergraduate researchers to eventually develop a full-scale, functioning robot.

Web Extras

A Final Trek

By Scott Harper


The four of us stumbled out onto pavement at the Sundarijal bus station after nearly eight hours of walking, knees and feet just on the verge of giving out. That was how 13 days of trekking came to a close, and yet Dawa, Henrik, Adèle and I were all grinning as we high-fived and enjoyed a celebratory coke in a grungy food stall.

Web Extras

Update from the States

By Alex Truby

I arrived back in the states in June, not sure how long it would take to get over my jet lag and readjust to the American lifestyle. As good as it felt to be home, I couldn’t help feeling a little “homesick” for what had been my home for the past six months. I’ll never forget the friends and experiences I gained during my time there.

Web Extras

Woodson, Humphrey Honored with 2014 Alumni Teaching Awards

By Mines magazine

Each year, select members of Mines’ faculty are recognized at the university’s Faculty Forum for their accomplishments in teaching. As part of this recognition, the alumni association honored two individuals in late April with its Alumni Teaching Award, a $2,500 award that recognizes superior teaching at the undergraduate level over an extended period and provides encouragement and incentive for teaching achievement. Here are this year’s awardees.