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Mining Harmony: New academic minor elevates music program to next level

By Lisa Marshall

Ask a Mines student or recent graduate where they see their degree taking them, and chances are the music industry won’t top the list. Some might even be surprised to learn that Mines has a music program. But more than a century after its establishment, the beloved but low-profile program is poised for a renaissance,

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Feature Stories

Engineering a Better Beer: Mines alumni and students have brewing down to a science

By Lisa Marshall

Students from the "Introduction to Brewing Science" class at Mines await the verdict as Pete Turner '90, MS '94 tastes the team's crafted beer. Turner is a manufacturing systems engineer and sensory panelist at MillerCoors.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in the Unit Operations Lab on the Mines campus, and Nick Martella, a senior in chemical and biological engineering, just tapped the keg. He fills a clear plastic cup with a light amber ale he and two classmates spent weeks brewing themselves. Just as he sets it on the table and

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Alumni Note

Meet the New Editor

By Mines magazine

Laurie Schmidt, Editor of Mines magazine.

Profile Name: Laurie Schmidt Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida Education: University of South Florida (BA ’95), Colorado State University (MS ’98) Start Date at Mines Alumni Association: December 5, 2014 It is the pleasure of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association to formally introduce and welcome our new editor, Laurie Schmidt. Through a bit

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Inside Mines

Mines Receives $1 Million Gift from Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

By Brenda Gillen

Edgar Mine

The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation made a $1 million gift to Colorado School of Mines to support extensive renovations and upgrades to the Edgar Mine, the university’s experimental mine facility located in Idaho Springs, Colo. “This significant investment by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation will not only strengthen earth sciences education programs at Mines, but also foster ongoing innovation

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Web Extras

Web Extra: Video Tour of Edgar Mine

By Mines magazine

Take an online tour of the Edgar Mine and underground classroom. Learn more about the history and features of the Edgar Mine at mines.edu/EdgarMine. Read about the recent $1 Million gift from Freeport-McMoRan to renovate the Edgar mine.

Web Extras

E-Days and E-Days ‘Round the World 2015

By Mines magazine

There was a record number of students who were part of the Ore Cart Pull this year. (Kathleen Morton)

Dating back to 1934, Engineering Days is a special springtime ritual that brings Mines students and alumni together to celebrate Oredigger pride. E-Days ‘Round the World celebrates this tradition as Mines alums in their local communities raise a toast to their alma mater. Spectacular Light Show, Mines Style And by Mines style, we mean explosions! Check

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Inside Mines Spotlight

Five Interesting Facts about Mines Professor Kathleen Smits

By Kathleen Morton

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Kathleen Smits is a civil and environmental engineering assistant professor at Mines. She became interested in the environment at an early age, and her passion for engineering grew as she advanced through her college career. Smits began her journey at Mines in 2007 as a PhD candidate, and she now teaches Hazardous Waste Site Remediation,

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Faculty News

Mines Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

By Mines magazine

Two Mines professors have received 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards. Kathleen Smits, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the award in support of her research Advancing the Science and Education of Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions: Interweaving Multiscale Experimental and Modeling Approaches for Land Surface Models (LSM) and Experiential Learning. The goal of

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New Mines President

Colorado School of Mines Names Paul C. Johnson as 17th President

By Mines magazine

Paul C. Johnson, the 17th President of Colorado School of Mines, officially assumed his duties on July 1, 2015.  (Kathleen Morton)

On June 1, 2015, the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Paul C. Johnson as the 17th president of Colorado School of Mines. He officially assumed his duties on July 1, 2015. Johnson joins Mines from Arizona State University (ASU), where he served as dean and executive dean of the

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Web Extras

Mobility Clinic for Amputees Returns to Campus

By Mines magazine

Mines alumna, Judith “Judy” Abrahams '98, and Dr. Anne Silverman at the 3rd Annual Mobility Clinic for Amputees.

The Colorado School of Mines Center for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research, along with Hanger Clinic and Freedom Innovations, held a free, all-ages running and mobility clinic for amputees in May at the Stermole Track and Field Complex adjacent to the Mines campus in Golden. This is the second year this event has been hosted at Mines, with approximately 40 amputees with

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Alumni Network

E-DAYS CELEBRATIONS: Touching all Corners of the Globe

By Mines magazine

The Cardboard Boat Race...a favorite during E-Days. (Tyson Brown)

Written by Ruth Jones The ore cart pull…the trebuchet launch…cardboard boat races…fireworks. Springtime and E-Days just seem to go together. The first “Engineering Days” (E-Days) was held in 1927, and the event has been celebrated on campus annually ever since. Fast forward to 2005 when E-Days festivities began to make their way to cities around the

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Inside Mines

Blasterbotica Represents Mines in NASA Rover Competition

By Mines magazine

Blasterbotica team members Katie Kostecka '15 and David Long prepare the rover for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition held at Kennedy Space Center in May. (Laurie Schmidt)

In the sixth annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition, held at Kennedy Space Center on May 18-22, 2015, a team of 14 Mines students competed against 53 teams in the design and construction of a mining rover. The Mines Blasterbotica team took second place in the event’s Presentation and Demonstration category. Made up of students in

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Alumni Network

Alumni Teaching Awards: 2015 Recipients Announced

By Emily Gonzales

Emily Gonzales, interim director of the Mines Alumni Association, congratulates Alumni Teaching Award recipient Pat Kohl. (Danelle Herra)

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes two professors for their superior teaching at the undergraduate level through the CSM Alumni Teaching Award, which includes a $2,500 grant. The 2015 recipients were selected from nominations by department heads, with input from faculty members, students, and alumni. We would like to congratulate this year’s winners: Pat Kohl

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Inside Mines Just Published

No Ordinary Life: Memoir of a World War II Bombardier

By Mines magazine

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Glenn W. King ’50 is the subject of a recently published book titled No Ordinary Life: Memoir of a World War II Bombardier. Flying with the Eighth Air Force from Great Ashfield in England, Glenn was shot down on his 23rd combat mission. He parachuted into Germany and was captured and made a prisoner of

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Summer 2015

By Brad Dunevitz

To submit an obituary for publication in the magazine, visit minesalumni.com/obituaries. Hossein Bahmanyar MSc ’74 of Woodland Hills, Calif., died Jan. 5, 2011. Born in 1945, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Fanni School of Engineering in Tehran, Iran (1967), his master’s degree in mining engineering from Mines (1974), and his PhD in rock

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Inside Mines President's Corner

Passing the Torch—with Gratitude

By Bill Scoggins

(Photo Credit: Thomas Cooper)

Late last year I announced my intention to retire, and I immediately received scores of emails and phone calls offering congratulations and well-wishes. This strong backing from the Mines community has been a constant throughout my years serving as president, and I’m grateful for that support and all it has allowed us to accomplish. During

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Alumni Network Alumni Profiles

From EPICs to Rocket Launch Systems

By Larry Borowsky

Alicia Carrillo '00, a Mines chemical engineering graduate. (Courtesy of Alicia Carrillo)

“There’s nothing like the excitement of a solid rocket motor static test,” says Alicia Carrillo ’00. “The anticipation, preparation, final countdown, and sense of accomplishment in the control bunker make it worth it every time.” Carrillo, a Mines chemical engineering graduate, oversaw plenty of those tests during her tenure as chief engineer for the Space

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Web Extras

Jammin’ in Jamaica

By Mines magazine

Mines students and alumni play the steel drums with a little help from their friends in Jamaica. Read the feature story about the Mines music program and the trip to Jamaica by clicking here.

Looking Back

Home is Where the Mine Is

By Larry Borowsky

Holly Bidle stands inside the mine accessible from her home's laundry room. (Courtesy of Holly Bidle)

Holly Bidle and her former husband Jim Reed fell in love with the house on Mt. Zion Road in Golden the minute they learned about the mine entrance from the house’s laundry room. Never mind the building’s peeling paint, the rusting elevator in the yard, or the creepy trophy mounts that covered the walls of

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Web Extras

Web Extra: Through the Laundry Room Door

By Mines magazine

Then entrance to this former Colorado School of Mines experimental mine is through the laundry room of Holly Bidle’s house in Golden, Colo. Take a video tour.

Innovative Teaching

Inspiring Students with Studio Physics

By Doug McPherson

Pat Kohl interacts with students in his Studio Physics class. (Kathleen Morton)

It’s a wonder that Pat Kohl ever ended up loving physics. “My first few physics classes weren’t impressive—actually, they were a little dull. I wasn’t engaged, and the teachers were checked out,” Kohl says of his undergraduate coursework. “Eventually I found faculty who helped me and made it inspiring.” Inspiring is a fitting word, and

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Inside Mines Scoreboard

All-American Honors for Mines Swimmer

By Brian Miller

Brennan Mays. (Bryan Desch)

In the span of just one month, Brennan Mays’ freshman season at Colorado School of Mines came full circle. He went from experiencing the highest of the highs—three individual titles at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Swimming and Diving Championships and conference Freshman of the Year honors—to the other end of the spectrum at

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