Author: Emilie Rusch

Exploring the Red Planet

The NASA Mars InSight Lander is en route to the Red Planet and two Mines scientists are among those eagerly awaiting its arrival in late November. Paul Morgan, senior geothermal geologist at the Colorado Geological Survey, and Ebru Bozdag, assistant professor of geophysics, are members of the science team for the international research undertaking, the first mission dedicated to seeking geophysical information about another planet.  “There have been many rovers and missions to Mars, but they’ve concentrated on understanding the surface geology,” Morgan said. “We can learn a lot from that, but the InSight mission is focusing entirely on...

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Growing and thriving

A geographic information system tool designed by Mines students is helping GoFarm, a Golden-based nonprofit, improve access to healthy, local food in Jefferson County. “GoFarm has benefited so much from the students’ creativity and eagerness,” said Eileen O’Rourke, founder of GoFarm. “One of the things I’ve been so delighted with is the talent and enthusiasm of the students in GoFarm’s mission—there’s a real awareness of why local food systems are so critical.” This summer, two new pickup locations for GoFarm’s community-supported agriculture (CSA) program opened in Arvada—the first locations that GoFarm selected using the data from the Mines GIS...

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Expanding learning opportunities

Mines officially launched five new degree programs for the 2018-19 academic year.  The bachelor of science in engineering will give students exposure to the broad fundamentals of science, mathematics and engineering while engaging in significant project-based learning experiences every semester. Flexibility will be a hallmark of the degree, with students able to build their own specialized area of focus or choose from one of six interdisciplinary areas—energy studies, water security, community development, robotics and automation, corporate sustainability, and music, audio engineering and recording arts.  Mines is also offering professional graduate certificates and non-thesis master’s degrees in advanced manufacturing, focusing...

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Designing Opportunity: Human Centered Design Studio provides adaptive sports equipment for all ability levels

In Joel Bach’s lab, the governing question, the mission that motivates his work, isn’t why. It’s why not. If a visually impaired client wants to try archery, why not design a system that uses sound to help him aim safely and accurately? If a quadriplegic wants to go downhill mountain biking, why not engineer a better braking system and seat for a four-wheel bike to improve her ride? “What we can do, in part, is only limited by creativity,” said Bach, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Human Centered Design Studio. “As we start to do...

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Supporting health

Expanding its presence in the health-tech sector and Denver, Mines will join Catalyst HTI, a first-of-its-kind health care innovation hub that will bring together startups, established health care entities, nonprofits and academic organizations to spur collaboration and innovation. Mines plans to open a 1,700-square-foot office inside Catalyst HTI in early fall. The space will have an open workshop and classroom, be home to Capstone Design projects, career fairs, technology information sessions and a gallery showcasing student and faculty work.  “The biotech and health care industries offer great opportunities for Mines students and faculty who are working on the cutting...

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