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From Mines to Mars: Alumni Engineers Help Send Orion to Deep Space

By Lisa Marshall

At 7:05 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2014, Mines alumnus Paul Anderson ’85 stood on the causeway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, looked out across the water to the launch site, and watched five years of his work go up in flames. The ground shook beneath him. Then came the deafening whoosh, as NASA’s Orion

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Feature Stories

Going Deep for Far-Out Life

By Todd Neff

The Borup Fiord Pass Glacier Astrobiology research team (L to R): Christopher Trivedi, Steve Grasby, Alexis Templeton, Graham Lau, and John Spear.

Subsurface life forms that don’t need the Sun may hold the key to understanding the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. In February 2005, a research team led by microbiologist John Spear set out to study geothermal ecosystems in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park. What they found astonished them: microbial communities in

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Alumni Note

A Note from the New CSMAA President

By Ray Priestley

Ray Priestley '79

It’s been three and a half decades since, as we all say, “I got out.” With the passage of time, I have learned to appreciate numerous things about the Colorado School of Mines. First, as my son James (MS Hydro ’13) told me about three weeks after starting graduate school at Mines: “Dad, you were

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Shaping Public Policy

Mines Launches Earth Resources Institute

By Karen Gilbert

ERI Logo 2_op

Colorado School of Mines has established the Earth Resources Institute (ERI), which will work to educate and inform policymakers and other stakeholders about pressing issues in the critical areas of earth, energy, and the environment. Through research and policy analysis, ERI will foster collaborative partnerships with established research institutions, universities, and government agencies around the

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Inside Mines Investing in Mines

$1.25 Million Gift from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

By Kathleen Morton

Photo by George Rosales.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has made a $1.25 million commitment to Colorado School of Mines to support the departments of petroleum engineering, geology and geological engineering, and geophysics. A reception to formally announce this gift took place on the Mines campus on Nov. 11, 2014. “We recognize the importance of investing in high-quality education for our

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Inside Mines President's Corner

New Beginnings in Fall 2015

By Bill Scoggins


You may notice that something’s missing. Usually at this time of year, we’re encouraging you to register for Alumni Weekend, which has been held in the spring for the last several years. Instead, we’re asking you to save the date: Sept. 30–Oct. 3, 2015. Beginning this year, Alumni Weekend will be held in early fall

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Orediggers Make Impressive Showing in Fall 2014

By Brian Miller

Photo by Bryan Desch.

During a two-week span last November, the Colorado School of Mines athletics program rode a wave of euphoria that helped define an entire season. The Orediggers came away with either outright claims to or shares of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular-season and/or tournament championships in four sports. Mines participated in the NCAA Division

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Inside Mines

Gregg Brandon Named New Football Coach

By Bryan Desch

Brandon NMSU sideline

Former New Mexico State University (NMSU) offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Gregg Brandon has been named new head coach of Mines’ 126-year old football program, the university’s athletic director David Hansburg announced in late December. Brandon is only the sixth head coach to walk the sidelines since 1937. “Gregg Brandon brings an unbelievable amount of experience to

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Web Extras

Web Extras: Spring 2015

By Danelle Herra

Sabré Cook, a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, in her element. (Photo Credit: WCM and Sabré Cook Racing)

WEB EXTRAS Faculty Member Profile Seven things you might find in Professor John Spear’s office. Click here to see pictures and learn more about Professor John Spear. Student Profile Sophomore mechanical engineering student breaks barriers as pro female kart racer. Check out the full article and video here. Mines Fight Song Show your Mines pride

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Alumni Profiles

Around the World…and Back to Mines

By Larry Borowsky

Bill Zisch '79

“I probably ended up at Mines because I wanted to play football,” said Bill Zisch ’79. “I already had the idea that I wanted to go into engineering, so when Mines said, ‘We’d like to have you play football for us,’ that really caught my attention.” The offer also reinforced a strong family connection: Zisch’s

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Inside Mines

Eye Tracking System May Aid Robotic Surgeries

By Kathleen Morton

Courtesy of Xiaoli Zhang.

Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Xiaoli Zhang and graduate student Songpo Li have developed a robotic laparoscope system that can help surgeons better perform laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy is an operation performed in the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions with a camera. Laparoscopic instruments (typically 0.5-1 centimeters in diameter) are inserted through

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Alumni Profiles

Miner’s Pic: Brandon Turman ’08 and Courtney Steen ’10

By Laurie Schmidt

Courtney Steen '10

LIVIN’ THE DREAM Everyone talks about landing the dream job after graduation—Mines alumni Brandon Turman ’08 and Courtney Steen ’10, pictured above, actually made it happen. How do they spend their days now? Riding and testing the latest mountain bikes and components and relaying their on-trail experiences to the public. “I have always had a

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Spring 2015

By Brad Dunevitz

Richard F. Burczyk of Golden, Colo., died Dec. 10, 2014. Born in 1946, he graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. and then received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Wyoming. After retiring in 2003 from a 29-year career at Coors Brewing Co., Dick became an adjunct instructor for the College

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Alumni Network

Grand Adventure in the Canyon

By Mines magazine

Grand Canyon 2

Fellow alumni, family, and friends will embark on an adventure of a lifetime: a river raft trip through the Grand Canyon on May 23-30, 2015. The 2015 trip currently has one spot left. Contact Emily Gonzales ([email protected]) to register!  Learn more at minesalumni.com/canyon2015. Greetings fellow river runners and future river runners!  I will be the 2015

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