Author: Mark Ramirez

Catching Code: Computer science is on the rise at Mines and across the country

Computer science junior Nhan Tran found himself very popular at the most recent Colorado School of Mines Career Fair. “Recruiters talked to me right away as soon as they saw that my name tag said ‘computer science,’ even when they’re not from tech companies,” said Tran, who’s interning this summer with Google’s  Nest Labs, which develops and produces smart home products, and hopes to work in the tech industry after graduation. This tremendous demand for computing skills across many industries translates into more students who want to major in computer science and more students in other programs taking computer...

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Studying Cosmic Rays: Mines-built space observatory launched into the stratosphere

A NASA space observatory put together by Colorado School of Mines researchers launched from Wanaka Airport in Otago, New Zealand, the afternoon of April 24, 2017, in a pioneering attempt to observe ultra-high-energy cosmic rays entering Earth’s atmosphere. The Extreme Universe Space Observatory Super Pressure Balloon flew at 110,000 feet, and was designed to travel for up to 100 days. Researchers hoped to gain insight into the origins of the highest-energy subatomic particles known to exist in the universe, and how they traveled to Earth. Mines Physics Professor Lawrence Wiencke, co-project leader, oversaw a team of students and faculty in assembling the gondola, as well as integrating the...

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A New Layer to Metal Manufacturing: With the help of an ADAPT consortium, Mines is changing the history of manufacturing and entering the world of 3-D printing

Ask an expert about the possibilities that 3-D metal printing holds for the manufacturing industry, and chances are you’ll hear about GE Aviation’s fuel nozzle. This important component of the CFM International LEAP engines that GE uses, which need to dispense precise amounts of liquid fuel, once required manufacturing and assembling 18 different parts. Now it’s just one piece, made with a laser that turns powder into solid metal, layer by layer, resulting in the desired shape. Not only does it save time and millions of dollars—the result is a component that’s 25 percent lighter and five times more...

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Unlocking Mysteries, Making Discoveries

The Colorado School of Mines student section of the Society of Women Engineers welcomed nearly 200 students—the largest turnout to date—to its fifth annual Girls Lead the Way conference, which guides young women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The conference, with the theme “Unlock the Mysteries, Make Discoveries,” took place Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Mines and brought in girls in grades 9 through 12 from all over Colorado and beyond. The students attended two sessions in the morning. A panel of Mines SWE members representing various majors spoke about their classes and internships and the career...

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