Author: Emilie Rusch

Strength test

Mines students took first place in the 2018 Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton Competition on May 5 at the University of Michigan. Exoskeletons—powered mechanical suits that augment the wearer’s strength and abilities—could be used to improve mobility for people with disabilities, help airport baggage handlers lift heavy bags or assembly line workers handle repetitive movements.  For the competition, students focused on firefighters, designing a strength-augmenting robotic exoskeleton to help bear the load of 75 pounds of firefighting equipment. After a design review to assess safety components and the time it took to suit up, the load-bearing leg exoskeletons and their operators...

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Leading the Future

Sajith Wijesuriya, a mechanical engineering PhD student, was among the young leaders from around the world who gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York in January to discuss the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities. He co-moderated one of the breakout sessions at the 2018 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, reporting back the takeaways to the main conference following the breakout discussion. Wijesuriya, whose work at Mines focuses on thermal energy storage and peak electricity demand management strategies, is the focal point for the Science Policy Interface Platform...

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Top Marks

Mines had its best team placement and individual placement in school history in the 2017 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the preeminent undergraduate mathematics competition in the United States and Canada. Sam Reinehr, a junior majoring in mathematics and computer science, placed 51st out of 4,638 total students who participated in the exam. Overall, the Mines team, comprising three pre-selected individuals, ranked 40th out of 575 participating institutions.  Both Reinehr and Mines freshman Matthew Iverson also had their names published in the official Putnam announcement, an honor reserved for top 500 scorers.  “The median on this year’s exam was...

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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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