Author: Emilie Rusch

From Point A to Point Z

The future of transportation has always been fun to imagine. One hundred years from now, will we be zipping around on jetpacks or soaring in flying cars? Will we be heading to the ski slopes via Hyperloop pod or teleportation? But such transformative technology isn’t just the domain of science fiction. Fully autonomous vehicles could be on the road by 2020, setting up the possibility of major changes to the way we transport both people and goods. Mines alumni are already playing an important role in figuring out how to best meet society’s demand for better transportation, particularly within...

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Assessing Risk

Landslide risk is a fact of life for hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans residing in settlements on the slopes of steep ravines. How well the available tools, techniques and programs manage that risk is the subject of a Mines graduate student project—research that got an infusion of help from a group of Mines undergraduate students. Six students studying geological, civil, environmental and humanitarian engineering traveled to Guatemala in August 2017, helping conduct field interviews in impacted communities and analyzing data at the local university, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala in Guatemala City. Mines graduate student David LaPorte has...

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Community Solar

Mines students are helping make solar power more accessible to low-income Coloradans. The Mines Energy Club recently volunteered with GRID Alternatives to help build two community solar arrays in Colorado. The new array in Fort Collins, the 2-megawatt Coyote Ridge Solar Farm, is the largest ever built by GRID—by a factor of 10. Volunteers installed the entire system in a matter of weeks between August and September, and it’s already generating power for the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association. Mines volunteers drove up to Fort Collins to lend a hand on two of the Coyote Ridge build days. Closer...

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Oredigger Camp: A new first-year tradition at Mines

The start of your first year of college can be daunting—it’s a new environment full of new experiences, new expectations, new people and, for most freshmen, even a new bed. But this year, a group of incoming students have a leg up over freshmen of years past, thanks to the inaugural Oredigger Camp. A few weeks before the start of classes, more than 200 first-year students spent 2 ½ days up at Camp Como near Fairplay, Colo., having fun, making friends and getting introduced to being an Oredigger. The impact was clear well before the last group of students...

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