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Mines President Bill Scoggins and CoorsTek Chairman, President and CEO John Coors.

Golden Synergy: CoorsTek, Coors Family Invest $26.9 Million in Colorado School of Mines

By Lisa Marshall

The name Coors and its connection to Golden, Colorado, is known the world over for more than most people think. While many of us are familiar with the Coors Brewing Company, there is another lesser-known enterprise connected to the Coors family more than a century old that touches our lives on a daily basis—that company

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Alumni Note

A note from the CSMAA President

By Jim Larsen

As you may have already learned, we have filled two important positions that were vacated last year by Anita Pariseau and Serena Bruzgo. The new director of alumni relations is Nancy Blank, who comes to us from Colorado Mountain College with experience in program administration, nonprofit administration and the academic environment. Emily (Milian) Gonzales ’08,

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President's Corner

Hard Work, Perseverance and Collaboration

By Bill Scoggins

(Photo Credit: Thomas Cooper)

It is always exciting to return to campus after enjoying time off in the summer, and this year it is particularly energizing as we celebrate our 140th anniversary as an institution of higher education. Mines has been unique from day one, with a mission specialized to meet the ever changing needs of Colorado, and a

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Inside Mines

Unearthing Moon’s “Ocean of Storms”

By Kathleen Morton

The full Moon as seen from the Earth, with the Procellarum border structures superimposed in red. (Photo Credit: Kopernik Observatory/NASA/Colorado School of Mines/MIT/JPL/Goddard Space Flight Center)

Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Associate Professor Jeff Andrews-Hanna is the lead author of a study documenting the discovery of a giant rectangular structure (roughly 1,600 miles across) on the nearside of the moon. Using NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) data, he is part of a team that examined the subsurface structure of

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Inside Mines

Stitt Happens—A Century Milestone

By Brian Miller

Coach Bob Stitt celebrates his 100th win at Mines
alongside Director of Athletics David Hansburg
and the Mines football team. (Photo Credit: Bryan Desch)

It was nearly 14 years to the day that separated Bob Stitt’s inaugural victory as the Colorado School of Mines football coach from his century-mark milestone. On Sept. 9, 2000, a little-known former offensive coordinator at Harvard University walked out onto Brooks Field in his second game as head coach and guided the Orediggers to

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Inside Mines

Professor, Dancer Create Anti-Injury Activewear Technology

By Kathleen Morton

Terry Lowe (far right) oversees the Anti-Injury Activewear research team, who are all part of the Nano-Structured Materials Research Group.

Taking note of the high-end protective clothing that motorcyclists and car racers wear at events, former Denver Nuggets dancer Kady Zinke was dismayed there wasn’t anything comparable for dancers. Zinke, who founded her own activewear company, decided to take matters into her own hands. She reached out to Mines for engineering expertise and connected with

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Fall 2014

By Kathleen Morton

Alfred H. Balch DSc ’64 of Golden, Colo., died May 23, 2014. Born in 1928, he graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1950. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he began his professional career in the oil industry with Phillips Petroleum, and returned to graduate

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Feature Stories

Reactor Repair: Colorado-Built Robot Playing Key Role in Japanese Nuclear Cleanup

By Lisa Marshall

Marc Rood

On a sweltering August day at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, four technicians clad in biohazard suits wheeled a Colorado-built robot up to the towering nuclear reactor unit No. 2, bolted it to the floor, and quickly walked away. Hours later, with operators controlling it via joysticks at a safe distance, the refrigerator-sized

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Inside Mines

Mines Geology Museum Restores 1930s Murals

By Kathleen Morton

The restored murals on the west wall of the Geology Museum.

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum has been working on restoring six murals dating back to the 1930s, after the museum suffered ceiling damage from heavy rains in September 2013. Museum Director Bruce Geller collaborated with a team of art conservators, framers, construction workers and an art photographer over the past year in order

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Inside Mines

Student Finishes Mines Degree After 21 Years in Marine Corps

By Kathleen Morton

Travis Gordon stands in front of Guggenheim Hall in fall 2014

Travis Gordon attended Mines from 1989-91, leaving in the middle of his degree to enter the U.S. Marine Corps. He reenrolled back at Mines during summer 2014 as a petroleum engineering student. In the spring of 1989, Gordon was recruited from Grand Junction High School to play football at Mines by Marv Kay ’63, former

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Inside Mines

M Climb

By Kathleen Morton

M Climb

Incoming Mines students made the annual trek up to the M on Mt. Zion Aug. 18. They placed their rocks on the monument and gave everything (including themselves) a fresh coat of whitewash. A Mines education continues to be highly sought after, as evidenced by a record 13,200 applications received for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Inside Mines

Museum Sparkle

By Kathleen Morton

Geology Diamond 3

The Geology Museum displayed this 6.2-carat fancy yellow diamond at its open house Sept. 10. A diamond’s color is classified by a letter grade, ranging on a scale from D, which is totally colorless to Z, which is a pale yellow or brown color. Diamonds with more depth of color than Z color fall into

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Inside Mines

Career Day

By Kathleen Morton

Career Day

On Sept. 9, 230 companies visited campus for Career Day to meet with more than 3,000 students and alumni at the largest collegiate career fair in Colorado and Mines’ history. Industries including petroleum, renewable energy, mining, engineering and aerospace were in attendance, including 40 new companies this year representing biotech, automotive and robotics.

Spotlight

Encana Internship Leads to Full-Time Employment

By Karen Gilbert

IM_Student spotlight 2

Senior petroleum engineering major Tyler Barela, of Trinidad, Colorado, spent 12 weeks during the summer of 2014 working as an intern at Denver’s Encana Energy. It was an experience that not only lent valuable corporate experience, but also landed him a job as a full time engineer upon graduation in 2015. Barela worked as a

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Alumni Network

Kuwait Community

By Karen Gilbert

CKAN_Kuwait Chapter dinner

On Sept. 22, members of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Kuwait Chapter enjoyed an informal networking dinner hosted by Kuwait Oil Company featuring honored guest Tom Davis PhD ’74 (center), director of Mines’ Reservoir Characterization Project. Next to Davis are Mohammad Al-Bahar ’99, and Bader Al-Attar ’92, of Kuwait Oil Company.

Alumni Network

Melville F. Coolbaugh Memorial Senior Award: Brandon Tortorelli

By Karen Gilbert

(Photo Credit: Kurtis Griess)

Mines engineering physics student Brandon Tortorelli was recently awarded the CSMAA Melville F. Coolbaugh Memorial Senior Award. The award is a prestigious financial award given since 2007 in honor of former Mines President Melville F. Coolbaugh. It is awarded to a high-achieving student who demonstrates financial need and is graduating within the academic year. The

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Alumni Network

Bike Bike Que

By Karen Gilbert

From left, Robert Bruzgo ’95, Richard Jarboe ’67, Debbie Dean, Edwin Supple (current student, Mines Cycling Team member), Patrick Stevens ’96, MS ’03, PhD ’12, Roy Dean, Alex Patel (current student, Mines Cycling Team member), Arianne Dean ’09, MS ’11, Karl Zachry ’82, Cathy Campbell, Pat Phillips ’61 and David List ’84. (Photo Credit: Alyse White, current student)

The annual Bike Bike Que was held in Golden on Sept. 13. Around 20 riders (all cyclists this year) met at the Coolbaugh House in the morning, rode out to Bear Creek Lake State Park, and then biked back to campus for a barbeque catered by Famous Dave’s. AC Golden Brewing Company donated plenty of

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Alumni Profiles

Geology and Aerial Photography Create Artistic Commentary

By Karen Gilbert

Farmer Palette, Yuma, CO (Photo Credit: Evan Anderman)

In 7th grade, Evan Anderman MS ’93, PhD ’96 developed an interest in landscape photography. He was outdoorsy but also scientifically minded—his young brain was attracted to the technical side of the craft. But it would be decades before his creative, geology-informed aerial photography would win awards and be recognized by Colorado media outlets. Anderman,

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Alumni Profiles

Miner’s Pic: Mickey Wilson ’11, MS ’12

By Kathleen Morton

Mickey Wilson MME '12 uses his body to bounce off a slackline at the Dominion Riverrock Slackline Competition in Richmond, VA. (Photo Credit: Jesse Peters)

Mickey Wilson ’11, MS ’12, is a professional slackliner from Durango, Colorado. He first tried the sport when he was a junior at Mines and soon after, he founded the CSM Slackline Club and gave the club its infamous nickname, the CSM Slackers. While studying for his master’s degree at Mines, Wilson went to his

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