Author: Teresa Meek

Mindful Engineering

Like many engineers in the oil and gas industry, Ray Priestley ’79, was trained to focus on specific tasks—design this pump, drill this well. Dealing with community concerns about a project wasn’t part of his training and was usually handled by advocacy groups that didn’t always communicate with engineers. As a result, objections often surfaced after plans were underway, causing delays and cost overruns. “Often there’s a disconnect,” said Priestley, Mines Alumni Association Board president. “Most engineers are not trained in community relations, and people in community relations are not trained in engineering. So sometimes projects don’t get explained...

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Launching into the Future of Space: The new Aerospace alumni interest group works to expand Mines’ reputation in space resources

When the Aerospace alumni interest group held its first networking event in September 2017, called Trajectories, organizers hoped to attract 40 or 50 people. Instead, more than 150 signed up. “We had to cut off registration and quit advertising the week before. The fire marshal wouldn’t allow any more people,” said Paul Anderson ’85, a Lockheed Martin engineer who helped start the interest group last year at the request of Mines President Paul C. Johnson. There seems to be a magnetic force drawing people to space science, at Mines and beyond, and the interest group is tapping into it....

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Shaping Ideas into Business Ventures: A look at the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Alumni Interest Group

Mines has always had a strong culture of innovation, but turning great ideas into successful businesses hasn’t always been a well-known focus of the university. Today, however—thanks to a revamped entrepreneurial and innovation emphasis on campus and a new alumni interest group—that’s starting to change. Earlier this year, Mines created a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to better define and prioritize an inventive and enterprising environment on campus while providing better business connections for students and alumni. But Mines President Paul C. Johnson recognized there was additional alumni potential, with a readily available group who wanted to contribute...

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A Labor of Love: Caring for sled dogs

Some people like to celebrate getting their master’s degree with a vacation or dinner at a fancy restaurant. But all T.C. Wait ’93, MS ’01 wanted to do was drive a dogsled. Fascinated by Alaska’s Iditarod race as a child, Wait talked her mother into taking her on a weeklong graduation trip to Wyoming, where they zipped along in husky-pulled sleds. Wait liked the experience so much that she took her husband, Dave Wurts, on another mushing trip soon afterward. He liked the thrill as much as she did. In fact, they both liked the experience so much that...

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(Bio)Engineering The Future of Health: Using innovative technologies and cutting-edge research, Mines researchers and alumni work toward advancements in the medical field

When Colorado School of Mines first opened its doors back in 1874, no one could have imagined the school would become a hotbed for biomedical research. Today, the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department is taking advantage of the school’s quantitative and materials science expertise to devise cutting-edge solutions to vexing medical problems. And Mines graduates are using engineering inspired techniques in their quest to improve human health, from curing cancer to stopping the flu. Bioengineering, as it’s called, is an increasingly popular field of study both at Mines and across the country. Students are intrigued by the new dimensions...

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