Q&A with Travis Ramos after Returning from SEA Semester

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Travis Ramos

Travis Ramos, an environmental engineering student, was selected along with 21 undergraduates from diverse institutions to spend a fall semester as part of the study abroad program, Sea Education Association (SEA). Ramos spent six weeks onshore in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, before spending another six weeks on a 135-foot tall vessel

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Grad Student Writes Children’s Book to Encourage Problem Solving

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
MD and Finn

Geology graduate student Rania Eldam started brainstorming the idea for a children’s book two years ago at an Association for Women Geoscientists meeting. “We don’t see many children’s book series where little girls are the main characters and aren’t pretty princesses or fairies,” Eldam said. “It’s always been so important to me to merge those two ideas. I was the girl

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Celebrating Mines Pride

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Paul C. Johnson

One day last spring, sometime between my being selected a finalist for the Mines presidency and visiting the campus, a surprise FedEx box arrived at our home in Arizona. It was filled with the first Mines gear Elyse and I had ever seen: hats, pins, t-shirts, a tie (the only tie I ever wear, when I wear a tie), a pennant, the Mines history book,

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Erasing the Zero

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Cross Country team

Zero. Nada. Zip. It was a number that the Colorado School of Mines wanted to change. In 126 years, how many national championships had Mines athletic teams won? None. Enter cross country coach Chris Siemers, a former all- American runner at Western State. Armed with a trio of top flight runners and a team that believed in his methods,

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Outside Corporate Borders: Training Students in the Growing Field of Corporate Social Responsibility

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Natural gas drill rig

The summer after her first year in college, Jessica Smith traveled back to her parents’ home in Wyoming and got a job at a coal mine. She sprayed down mining equipment with a fire hose and drove a haul truck. A Wyoming native, Smith grew up immersed in the mining industry. Her father was a mining mechanic, and her grandfather

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Connecting Mines Alumni with Students

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
SAA Executive Team

The process of passing down advice and encouragement from Mines alumni to current students is slowly but surely cementing its importance in campus culture. Events that encourage these learning opportunities allow “students to have a window into the future and an understanding of how they could potentially use their Mines degree,” says Scott Hodgson ’03. “I have seen the proverbial light bulb go on when

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How an Insect Inspired a New Cidery

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Jason Spears

When you stack his hard cider company’s name up against firms like Angry Orchard, Scrumpy Jack, and even Reverend Nat’s, Jason Spears ’99 admits that Locust is a bit of an odd moniker for a product you might consider drinking. After all, it doesn’t sound all that appetizing, and it doesn’t boast exotic ingredients. Instead, it’s filled with memories of a brutal attack that almost took the mechanical engineering graduate’s

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Tracy Camp: Computer Science Professor

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Tracy Camp

Consider the top 30 innovations in the last 30 years, and Tracy Camp will tell you that none of them would have happened without computer science. “Think of what computer science has done for our world,” says Camp, a computer science professor at Mines. “Online shopping, medical applications, robotic surgeries, DNA mapping—all that stuff has been created or vastly improved because of computer science.” Camp

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Cleaning Up the Past

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Jeff Graves

Jeff Graves ’13 is a self-styled history buff who is fascinated by Colorado’s early mining industry—and by the colorful frontiersmen who, he says, achieved incredible feats of engineering in their hunt for gold and silver. But as a geological engineer, Graves is also grappling with another legacy of mining in Colorado: its environmental toll. Across the state, many old mines

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Closing the Gender Gap at Mines

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Norma Mozee

I grew up a Trekkie, so it’s not surprising that one of my favorite quotes comes from Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. She said, “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.” I thank my Mines degree for helping me

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Meet the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Board of Directors

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Mines Alumni Association Logo

Scott Hodgson ’03 Golden, Colo. Director, Colorado Alumni Programming While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Scott participated in varsity track and field at Mines. After graduation, he moved to Utah to work for ATK Thiokol as an engineer on the space shuttle reusable solid rocket motors. While working for ATK, Scott earned an MBA at Weber State

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Mines Study Reveals Earthquakes Can Jump

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
ground deformation in the earthquake doublet

While studying a 7.1-magnitude intracontinental earthquake that occurred in Pakistan in 1997, assistant professor of geophysics Edwin Nissen, along with other researchers, discovered that earthquakes can “jump” between faults, a concept that was not previously thought possible. “Remote sensing and seismological observations of a recent earthquake in Pakistan highlighted an unexpected incidence of an earthquake rupture ‘jumping’ across a large gap between two

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Animal Magnetism: How Blaster the Burro Found Love, and a Home, at Mines

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Blaster the burro

In the United States, the 1960s was a decade of interesting visuals: long-haired hippies driving around in pastel-colored vans, folks streaking through parks, and environmentalists sitting and singing in forested communes. The small city of Golden, Colorado, was no exception. There, you would have seen a kindly gentleman, Frederick “Heinie” Foss (1917-2015), walking his burro down North Ford Street on

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Mining’s New Legacy: Mines Works with Industry and Colorado Agencies to Forge Greener Future

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Mines Magazine Spring 2016 cover

At 11 a.m. on August 5, 2015, the icy waters of Cement Creek, just outside the scenic Colorado mountain town of Silverton, began to turn to mustard-colored sludge. By day’s end, three million gallons of acid mine drainage had poured out of the inactive, 120-year-old Gold King Mine. The tainted water coursed downstream into the Animas River where it

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Corporate Social Responsibility Interest Group

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Mines hardhats

The alumni association would like to pilot a group that connects Mines alumni, students, and faculty working in the area of corporate social responsibility. If you would like to attend events or be kept in the loop about relevant activities dealing with questions about community conflict, sustainability, or public perception in your professional life, join the new interest group at minesalumni.com/CSR.



Mines Team Creates Fire Extinguisher for International Space Station

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Water-mist portable fire extinguisher

For decades, portable fire extinguishers (PFE) have dispensed halon or carbon dioxide (CO2), agents that were effective, yet presented certain risks. A team of Mines faculty and students have perfected a new alternative—an innovative water-mist PFE—and it’s revolutionizing NASA’s ability to protect astronauts and equipment in the sensitive, closed environment of the International Space Station (ISS). Admittedly, water isn’t a new fire suppression agent. In fact,

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Holly Jolly Miner’s Mingle

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Thunder and Rain band

On December 3, 2015, Mines alumni gathered to celebrate the holiday season and connect with fellow Orediggers. To accommodate the nearly 400 attendees (which broke previous attendance records), the party was held at the Green Center on the Mines campus. As guests entered the ballroom, they were serenaded with holiday carols sung by the Melodic and Harmonic Miners, and later, they two-stepped to the sounds of

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#idigmines Photo Contest

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
#idigmines

#idigmines week was all about celebrating donors who support what they dig the most about Mines. The week featured a photo contest for participants to show their love of Mines. The winners were awarded $100 to support their passion at Mines. See the winning photos chosen by the Mines Philanthropy Council, here.



Walking the Line

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Miner's Pic Spring 2016

When she isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, Michelle Griffith ’14 spends her time dangling over some of the most scenic canyons in the West. In an adventure sport known as “highlining,” athletes perform slacklining high above the ground at a height far above which they could safely fall (most highliners wear a safety harness tethered to the rope).

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Repairs to the “M”

Apr 7th, 2016 | By
The M

In November 2015, the “M” on the east-facing side of Mount Zion is believed to have been struck by lightning. Read the story in the Denver Post about the repairs made by Mines’ Blue Key Society to make the “M” shine brighter, here.



It’s Almost Golf Season

Apr 7th, 2016 | By
Golf Tournament

The 2016 Mines alumni golf tournaments are just around the corner. Help raise funds for Mines student scholarships while enjoying a round of golf with other Mines alumni. For dates, locations, and sponsorship opportunities, visit minesalumni.com/events.



Mines Soccer: The Ties that Bind

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
The men's and women's soccer teams.

  In college athletics, bonds between teams are a given. No matter what sport student-athletes play, they all share a common thread of school pride and competitiveness. Those bonds are even stronger when it’s the men’s and women’s programs of the same sport. And for Colorado School of Mines soccer, the relationship between men’s and women’s teams goes a step further.

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Ryan Richards: Chemistry and Geochemistry Professor

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Ryan Richards

Chemistry and Geochemistry professor Ryan Richards may not have expected his future to involve researching the interface of catalysis and nanoscale materials. But, he says, it turns out that interface is one of the most exciting areas of modern science, and it sits at the forefront of the quest for a sustainable future. “Catalysts facilitate chemical transformations from starting materials to

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Staying Engaged

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Paul C. Johnson

As you read this, I will have just completed my first semester at Mines. It was focused on meeting you and hearing your stories and aspirations for Mines. As a quantitative measure of that time (as all of the engineers and scientists reading this will appreciate), I’ve hosted 24 faculty and staff lunches and 23 student pizza parties (sometimes three in one day!), attended seven alumni receptions, met with

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Wows a Packed House at Mines

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson lined up in the rain five hours before show time to catch an up-close glimpse of the celebrity astrophysicist credited with demoting Pluto, channeling Carl Sagan, and making science cool. “He’s interactive and funny and explains things in a way that makes it easy for anyone to understand,” said Mines alumna Kelsey Kopecky ’13, who arrived

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There’s No Place Like the “House”

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Melville and Osie Coolbaugh

The Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association (CSMAA) completed its move to the brand new Starzer Welcome Center in mid-October (2015), ending its five-year residency in the historic Coolbaugh House. The rambling old bungalow at 1700 Maple Street—with its byzantine layout and low, slanting ceilings—had its drawbacks as an office space. But what it lacked in professional polish, the Coolbaugh House

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From Golden to Abu Dhabi: Mines Inspired Petroleum Institute Flourishing after 15 Years

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Mariam Al-Jaberi and Bidisha Ghosh

In the year 2000, the United Arab Emirates was on a roll. In the three decades since its founding, the coastal nation bordering the Persian Gulf had evolved from an impoverished desert populated by nomadic tribes to a glistening economic hub with one of the world’s highest per-capita GDPs. Its largest state, Abu Dhabi, was home to one-tenth of the

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Meet Six Female Engineers from the Class of 2019

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Six female students interested in STEM

What does it look like to be a female engineer on campus? The fall 2015 first-year class set a record with 31.2 percent women, an 18.9 increase from the previous academic year. Get to know six first-year students and their take on being a woman interested in STEM. Click here to read more.



Q&A with 17-year old graduate student Santiago Gonzalez

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Santiago Gonzalez

At 17 years old, Santiago Gonzalez has already completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is planning to pursue a PhD. Mines recently interviewed him about his experience at Mines, what it’s like to teach a 400-level course, and his future plans. Read the interview by following this link.



Alumni Weekend 2015

Jan 11th, 2016 | By

Did you have a good time at Alumni Weekend? See more photos from the festivities here. Click here to read more about Alumni Weekend.