Author: Larry Borowsky

Presidential Advice Sends Hoover to Mines

“That fire was moving so fast,” recalls Hoover. “All of a sudden it got black outside, and sparks started flying by. Then I heard the propane go, and I lost water pressure. That’s when I knew it was time to leave.” For Hoover, the March 2012 wildfire claimed more than his 12-year-old retirement home, which stood in the foothills about 30 miles southwest of Denver. It also destroyed a veritable museum of irreplaceable national treasures belonging to his grandfather, President Herbert Hoover. But in his haste to leave, Andy Hoover was able to salvage two items: a Ming vase...

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A Steep Ascent

This is what aviators call a ’steep takeoff angle,’ an apt metaphor for Labs’ company, Paradigm Shift Solutions, which designs and manufactures cockpit simulators for pilot training schools. Founded in 2004, Paradigm has made a remarkably rapid ascent in a competitive industry. And it’s still gaining altitude. “We stand out because of our price point,” says Labs. “Our simulators have the same high quality and high fidelity as our competitors’ products, but ours cost about half as much.” This has made her machines extremely appealing to private flight schools and university-based aviation programs, which have scrambled in recent years...

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Braking I-70’s Slow Slide

A slow, persistent landslide is undermining a short section of I-70, about a mile from the highest point on the nation’s Interstate Highway System. Finding a solution is a conundrum that one Mines professor is helping to unravel. Two summers ago on I-70, about a mile from the highest point on the nation’s Interstate Highway System, a dip in the pavement grew so large that cars were going airborne and getting tossed out of their lanes. Fortunately, no one crashed before the Colorado Department of Transportation made repairs, but drivers shouldn’t rest too easy; the Big Bump will be...

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Work in Nuclear Reactor Fuels Earns Alumna Presidential Award

In 2012, Amy Clarke MS ’02, PhD ’06 produced a metallurgical first: movies that show bulk metallic alloys in the process of crystallizing. It might not sound like blockbuster footage, but it helped earn her a trip to the White House and one of the nation’s top awards for young scientists, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Clarke is currently a research and development scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition to recognizing Clarke’s groundbreaking research on how the strength of a uranium-niobium alloy varies depending on the orientation of the crystalline structure, the award cites her work ‘using in-situ solidification and proton radiography with potential to finally resolve liquid-solid processing questions.’ Clarke explains, “We’re now able to see inside a material while it’s solidifying. We’re able to see the microstructure develop, which ultimately can tell us a lot about how processing parameters will influence properties; it has a lot of potential for industrially important materials.” Her work in this arena also earned Clarke a United States Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program Award in 2012. Processing microstructure and property relationships in materials is an extension of Clarke’s investigations at Mines in the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, where the Michigan native helped pioneer new processing techniques in sheet steel. “The physical metallurgy of steel has a lot...

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