Here are some top news stories about Mines. You can read many of these in more detail at newsroom.mines.edu.

Recognition
Marcelo Simés, an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, has been awarded the Green Energy and Technology Award and will conduct research at Aalborg University in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow. Simés’ research, ‘Integration of More Distributed Generation in a Power Electronics Based Power System,’ will be a collaborative effort with researchers at the Institute of Energy Technology at Aalborg University. He will investigate adopting power electronic converters and control challenges to stabilize the grid system with a higher penetration of renewable energy sources. Simés will also learn new pedagogical techniques, as Aalborg is known for its problem-based, project-organized model of teaching and learning.

Chemistry and Geochemistry Assistant Professor Jenifer Braley is among 35 scientists from across the nation to receive significant funding for research as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. Under the program, Braley will receive $150,000 per year for five years to cover summer salary and expenses related to her research. Her project, ‘Actinide N?Donor Thermodynamics: Expanding the f?Element Covalency Dialogue,’ was selected for funding by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The research aims to improve management of used nuclear fuel.

Linda Battalora ’87, MS ’88, PhD ’14, a teaching associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department, received the Society of Petroleum Engineers Rocky Mountain North America Region 2014 Award for distinguished contribution to Petroleum Engineering in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility at the 2014 Western North America and Rocky Mountain Joint Conference and Exhibition in April.

The American Iron and Steel Institute Finalist Medal was awarded to Research Assistant Professor Emmanuel De Moor and Professor John Speer (along with G.A. Thomas of AK Steel) for the technical paper, “Tensile Properties Obtained by Q&P Processing of Mn-Ni Steels With Room Temperature Quench Temperatures.” The paper highlighted the collaborative research conducted by AK Steel and Colorado School of Mines in the development of third-generation advanced high-strength steels. These products, which feature enhanced formability, are expected to help automakers further decrease vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency without sacrificing occupant safety.

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Honors and Awards Committee and the SEG Board of Directors selected Mines’ Reservoir Characterization Project to receive the Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award. This honor is in recognition of RCP’s research in multicomponent seismology as a means for enhancing reservoir simulation.

Two Mines faculty were recognized during the AISTech 2014 President’s Award Breakfast this spring. Emeritus Professor David Matlock was chosen as the AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecturer and presented ‘Perspectives on Industry/University Partnerships to Support Innovations in the Steel Industry’; John Speer was awarded the AIST Tadeusz Sndzimir Memorial Medal for his efforts to advance steelmaking through the invention, development or application of new manufacturing processes or equipment.

Paul Martin, Brenda Chergo, and Vanessa Gonzalez were recognized by the state of Colorado during Public Service Recognition week. Each received framed certificates from Governor Hickenlooper. They were recognized previously by their constituent groups on campus: Gonzalez was selected as Classified Employee of the Year (she has since been promoted and is now an administrative faculty employee); Chergo received the Administrative Faculty Connected Learning Community Award; and Martin received the Dean’s Excellence Award.

Ivar Reimanis, Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering, has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

Corey Parham, classroom technology engineer, was selected as a 2014 AMX Innovation Awards Finalist for the design of the Alderson Hall 291 BIOLAB.

Associate Professor Moises Carreon is one of 83 engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 20th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September. The participants (from industry, academia, and government) were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from almost 300 applicants. The symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: next-generation robotics, frontiers in materials for batteries, shale gas and oil, and technologies for the heart.

Professors Kent Voorhees and Ryan Richards were named to the American Chemical Society 2014 class of ACS Fellows, which includes 99 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Professor Doug Way was awarded the 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gas Technology. The award recognizes an individual’s sustained excellence in contributing to the advancement of technology in the production, distribution and application of industrial gases.

Associate Professor André Revil has been awarded the Water Resources Research Editor’s Choice Award for the publication, ‘Coupled Hydromechanical and Electromagnetic Disturbances in Unsaturated Porous Materials.’ The award is given to about 1 percent of published articles in any calendar year to provide professional recognition to scientists and students for their outstanding work.

Carl Mitcham, a professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, served on the Academic Committee of the China Engineering Management Forum and gave the opening presentation on engineering philosophy at the International Conference on Engineering Science and Technology, in Beijing this spring. The conference included an address by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Andrew Cook ’14, who was the Outstanding Graduating Senior and the recipient of the Ryan Sayers Memorial Award in the AMS Department in May, was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship. He will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s program at Purdue University that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in Indiana’s urban and rural public schools.

John Stockwell, a research associate in the Department of Geophysics, has been granted the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Presidential Award. He is being recognized for outstanding service to the society and for his work on the SEG Wiki and longstanding contributions to the open-source seismic processing system SeismicU*nix.

Graduate student Madhura Joglekar received the International Precious Metals Institute Student Award. She studies platinum group metals supported onto uniformed and monodispersed mesporous carbon nanoparticles acting as electrocatalysts for methane fuel.

Third-year mechanical engineering student Michelle Preston has been awarded the Adell & Hancock Fund Scholarship by the Institute for International Education. The grant will allow Preston to further her knowledge through international studies at the University of Adelaide. She will examine how the social and cultural context of Australia affects research and engineering projects of importance locally and globally.

Mark Coffey, physics research professor, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant for work with Cardiff University in Wales, U.K. Coffey will give a number of lectures at Cardiff and will continue work on projects and applications on which Mines and Cardiff have collaborated for several years.

Research by Research Professor Ivan Cornejo MS ’91, PhD ’94, Subra Ramalingam MS ’10, PhD ’13, Jason Fish ’08, MS ’10, PhD ’14 and Professor Ivar Reimanis regarding turning food waste into glass was featured on the cover of the American Ceramics Society Bulletin.

Professor Reuben Collins has been named the next Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Letters.

Research
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to drive down the cost of solar-based power generation, Mines, in partnership with Abengoa and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has received a two-year, $1 million award to develop a more efficient method for storing higher-temperature, higher-density solar energy.

Mines in the News
Mines and Community College of Denver have formalized an agreement to improve the transfer process for community college students planning to continue their education and graduate from Mines, and for Mines students to take electives offered by CCD. A transfer agreement between the two institutions has been in place since 2011, but this enhanced effort will help ensure CCD students connect to Mines support services prior to application and transfer.

Business Insider listed a Mines degree as the #1 most underrated, when comparing starting salaries against U.S. News & World Report’s national university ranking.