Author: Mark Ramirez

Experimenting in Microgravity

Research by Mines faculty on the behavior of chains of colloidal molecules headed to the International Space Station on a SpaceX flight on December 4, 2017. Professor David Marr and Associate Professor Ning Wu, both of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been researching colloidal molecules for medical and other applications for several years. Now, they have the opportunity to learn how chains of these beads just several microns wide behave in microgravity. “We’re trying to understand the basic dynamics of these chains,” Marr said. On Earth, “they’re kind of heavy—they sink very quickly, which makes them...

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Catalyzing Change: University Innovation Fellows bring an entrepreneurial mindset to Mines

Between campus jobs, Greek life, volunteer work, intramural sports and, of course, the school’s rigorous academics, Mines’ 2017 University Innovation Fellows have pretty packed schedules. So it’s both ironic and appropriate that these four go-getters—Sarah Ingram, Emma May, Tanner McAdoo and Sam Warfield—have added a pretty big project to their agendas that’s meant to help their peers tune out the demands of academic life, if only for a little while. Early this year, they were the latest group of Orediggers to undergo six weeks of training on design thinking (a specific approach to problem-solving that combines creativity and analysis),...

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Reigning Best: Mines Material Advantage Chapter Named Top in the World

Mines Material Advantage Chapter was named the organization’s Most Outstanding Chapter for 2016-2017 and was recognized on Oct. 9, at Materials Science and Technology 2017, a technical meeting and exhibition in Philadelphia. The chapter also received the award in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and was named a Chapter of Excellence for 2015-2016. Chapters are judged by their programming, career development activities, service, social activities and chapter management. “I believe that, more than anything, cooperation and communication among the members of the executive committee is what helped to set us apart,” said Reid Winchester, the new chapter president. He cited students’ success in...

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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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