Author: Karen Gilbert

Bike Bike Que

  The annual Bike Bike Que was held in Golden on Sept. 13. Around 20 riders (all cyclists this year) met at the Coolbaugh House in the morning, rode out to Bear Creek Lake State Park, and then biked back to campus for a barbeque catered by Famous Dave’s. AC Golden Brewing Company donated plenty of Colorado Native beer and Golden Touch Wellness Center provided complimentary massages for sore shoulders and legs. The Mines Cycling Team led the route and gave everyone an update on the team’s...

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Geology and Aerial Photography Create Artistic Commentary

In 7th grade, Evan Anderman MS ’93, PhD ’96 developed an interest in landscape photography. He was outdoorsy but also scientifically minded, his young brain was attracted to the technical side of the craft. But it would be decades before his creative, geology-informed aerial photography would win awards and be recognized by Colorado media outlets. Anderman, a Denver native, left Colorado only to attend Phillips Exeter Academy and then Princeton University. He returned after graduation with a degree in geology and worked in consulting for a few years while taking a part-time photography class on the side. He then...

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Kuwait Community

  On Sept. 22, members of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Kuwait Chapter enjoyed an informal networking dinner hosted by Kuwait Oil Company featuring honored guest Tom Davis PhD ’74 (center), director of Mines’ Reservoir Characterization Project. Next to Davis are Mohammad Al-Bahar ’99, and Bader Al-Attar ’92, of Kuwait Oil Company.CKAN_Kuwait Chapter...

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Mines’ New Boulder-Based Supercomputer

Colorado School of Mines’ new 155-teraflop supercomputer, dubbed ‘BlueM,’ will allow researchers to run large simulations that support the university’s core research areas while developing innovative algorithms to make the best use of a powerful hybrid system. Although BlueM will be housed at the Boulder-based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) as part of a new collaboration, it will be part of the Mines network, and faculty will have broad access. “Most large-scale, high-performance computing systems available for academic research are available under the NSF XSEDE [National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment] program,” says Timothy Kaiser, director of research and high-performance computing at Mines and the director of Golden Energy Computing Organization. “Machines might be on a college campus, but the home institution only has access to about 7 to 10 percent of the capacity. The rest is used by general NSF researchers. Because BlueM belongs to Mines, we get to decide how it’s used.” Once the switch is thrown on BlueM, there’s a long and diverse list of projects waiting to be run. Subjects to be researched include biomass conversion and the stability of biomass fuels, fuel cells, fundamental battery technology, hydrate nucleation, wind energy, hydropower, carbon sequestration, fission reactor design, environmental impact of pine beetle infestations (see story, p. 12), atmospheric scattering affecting climate, interactions between surface and groundwater, seismic modeling, solar cells, and...

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