Passing the Torch—with Gratitude

Jul 31st, 2015 | By
(Photo Credit: Thomas Cooper)

Late last year I announced my intention to retire, and I immediately received scores of emails and phone calls offering congratulations and well-wishes. This strong backing from the Mines community has been a constant throughout my years serving as president, and I’m grateful for that support and all it has allowed us to accomplish. During

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E-Days and E-Days ‘Round the World 2015

Jul 20th, 2015 | By
There was a record number of students who were part of the Ore Cart Pull this year. (Kathleen Morton)

Dating back to 1934, Engineering Days is a special springtime ritual that brings Mines students and alumni together to celebrate Oredigger pride. E-Days ‘Round the World celebrates this tradition as Mines alums in their local communities raise a toast to their alma mater. Spectacular Light Show, Mines Style And by Mines style, we mean explosions! Check

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In Memoriam: Summer 2015

Jul 20th, 2015 | By

To submit an obituary for publication in the magazine, visit minesalumni.com/obituaries. Hossein Bahmanyar MSc ’74 of Woodland Hills, Calif., died Jan. 5, 2011. Born in 1945, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Fanni School of Engineering in Tehran, Iran (1967), his master’s degree in mining engineering from Mines (1974), and his PhD in rock

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Meet the New Editor

Jul 20th, 2015 | By
Laurie Schmidt, Editor of Mines magazine.

Profile Name: Laurie Schmidt Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida Education: University of South Florida (BA ’95), Colorado State University (MS ’98) Start Date at Mines Alumni Association: December 5, 2014 It is the pleasure of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association to formally introduce and welcome our new editor, Laurie Schmidt. Through a bit

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E-DAYS CELEBRATIONS: Touching all Corners of the Globe

Jul 20th, 2015 | By
The Cardboard Boat Race...a favorite during E-Days. (Tyson Brown)

Written by Ruth Jones The ore cart pull…the trebuchet launch…cardboard boat races…fireworks. Springtime and E-Days just seem to go together. The first “Engineering Days” (E-Days) was held in 1927, and the event has been celebrated on campus annually ever since. Fast forward to 2005 when E-Days festivities began to make their way to cities around the

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From EPICs to Rocket Launch Systems

Jul 20th, 2015 | By
Alicia Carrillo '00, a Mines chemical engineering graduate. (Courtesy of Alicia Carrillo)

“There’s nothing like the excitement of a solid rocket motor static test,” says Alicia Carrillo ’00. “The anticipation, preparation, final countdown, and sense of accomplishment in the control bunker make it worth it every time.” Carrillo, a Mines chemical engineering graduate, oversaw plenty of those tests during her tenure as chief engineer for the Space

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Alumni Teaching Awards: 2015 Recipients Announced

Jul 20th, 2015 | By
Emily Gonzales, interim director of the Mines Alumni Association, congratulates Alumni Teaching Award recipient Pat Kohl. (Danelle Herra)

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes two professors for their superior teaching at the undergraduate level through the CSM Alumni Teaching Award, which includes a $2,500 grant. The 2015 recipients were selected from nominations by department heads, with input from faculty members, students, and alumni. We would like to congratulate this year’s winners: Pat Kohl

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Home is Where the Mine Is

Jul 17th, 2015 | By
Holly Bidle stands inside the mine accessible from her home's laundry room. (Courtesy of Holly Bidle)

Holly Bidle and her former husband Jim Reed fell in love with the house on Mt. Zion Road in Golden the minute they learned about the mine entrance from the house’s laundry room. Never mind the building’s peeling paint, the rusting elevator in the yard, or the creepy trophy mounts that covered the walls of

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Blasterbotica Represents Mines in NASA Rover Competition

Jul 17th, 2015 | By
Blasterbotica team members Katie Kostecka '15 and David Long prepare the rover for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition held at Kennedy Space Center in May. (Laurie Schmidt)

In the sixth annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition, held at Kennedy Space Center on May 18-22, 2015, a team of 14 Mines students competed against 53 teams in the design and construction of a mining rover. The Mines Blasterbotica team took second place in the event’s Presentation and Demonstration category. Made up of students in

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Five Interesting Facts about Mines Professor Kathleen Smits

Jul 17th, 2015 | By
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Kathleen Smits is a civil and environmental engineering assistant professor at Mines. She became interested in the environment at an early age, and her passion for engineering grew as she advanced through her college career. Smits began her journey at Mines in 2007 as a PhD candidate, and she now teaches Hazardous Waste Site Remediation,

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Mines Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Jul 17th, 2015 | By

Two Mines professors have received 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards. Kathleen Smits, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the award in support of her research Advancing the Science and Education of Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions: Interweaving Multiscale Experimental and Modeling Approaches for Land Surface Models (LSM) and Experiential Learning. The goal of

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No Ordinary Life: Memoir of a World War II Bombardier

Jul 17th, 2015 | By
No Ordinary Life Cover

Glenn W. King ’50 is the subject of a recently published book titled No Ordinary Life: Memoir of a World War II Bombardier. Flying with the Eighth Air Force from Great Ashfield in England, Glenn was shot down on his 23rd combat mission. He parachuted into Germany and was captured and made a prisoner of

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Colorado School of Mines Names Paul C. Johnson as 17th President

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Paul C. Johnson, the 17th President of Colorado School of Mines, officially assumed his duties on July 1, 2015.  (Kathleen Morton)

On June 1, 2015, the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Paul C. Johnson as the 17th president of Colorado School of Mines. He officially assumed his duties on July 1, 2015. Johnson joins Mines from Arizona State University (ASU), where he served as dean and executive dean of the

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Inspiring Students with Studio Physics

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Pat Kohl interacts with students in his Studio Physics class. (Kathleen Morton)

It’s a wonder that Pat Kohl ever ended up loving physics. “My first few physics classes weren’t impressive—actually, they were a little dull. I wasn’t engaged, and the teachers were checked out,” Kohl says of his undergraduate coursework. “Eventually I found faculty who helped me and made it inspiring.” Inspiring is a fitting word, and

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All-American Honors for Mines Swimmer

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Brennan Mays. (Bryan Desch)

In the span of just one month, Brennan Mays’ freshman season at Colorado School of Mines came full circle. He went from experiencing the highest of the highs—three individual titles at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Swimming and Diving Championships and conference Freshman of the Year honors—to the other end of the spectrum at

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Mines Receives $1 Million Gift from Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Edgar Mine

The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation made a $1 million gift to Colorado School of Mines to support extensive renovations and upgrades to the Edgar Mine, the university’s experimental mine facility located in Idaho Springs, Colo. “This significant investment by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation will not only strengthen earth sciences education programs at Mines, but also foster ongoing innovation

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Jammin’ in Jamaica

Jul 16th, 2015 | By

Mines students and alumni play the steel drums with a little help from their friends in Jamaica. Read the feature story about the Mines music program and the trip to Jamaica by clicking here.



Mobility Clinic for Amputees Returns to Campus

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Mines alumna, Judith “Judy” Abrahams '98, and Dr. Anne Silverman at the 3rd Annual Mobility Clinic for Amputees.

The Colorado School of Mines Center for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research, along with Hanger Clinic and Freedom Innovations, held a free, all-ages running and mobility clinic for amputees in May at the Stermole Track and Field Complex adjacent to the Mines campus in Golden. This is the second year this event has been hosted at Mines, with approximately 40 amputees with

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Web Extra: Video Tour of Edgar Mine

Jul 16th, 2015 | By

Take an online tour of the Edgar Mine and underground classroom. Learn more about the history and features of the Edgar Mine at mines.edu/EdgarMine. Read about the recent $1 Million gift from Freeport-McMoRan to renovate the Edgar mine.



Web Extra: Through the Laundry Room Door

Jul 16th, 2015 | By

Then entrance to this former Colorado School of Mines experimental mine is through the laundry room of Holly Bidle’s house in Golden, Colo. Take a video tour.



Engineering a Better Beer: Mines alumni and students have brewing down to a science

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Students from the "Introduction to Brewing Science" class at Mines await the verdict as Pete Turner '90, MS '94 tastes the team's crafted beer. Turner is a manufacturing systems engineer and sensory panelist at MillerCoors.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in the Unit Operations Lab on the Mines campus, and Nick Martella, a senior in chemical and biological engineering, just tapped the keg. He fills a clear plastic cup with a light amber ale he and two classmates spent weeks brewing themselves. Just as he sets it on the table and

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Mining Harmony: New academic minor elevates music program to next level

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Summer 2015 Cover - web

Ask a Mines student or recent graduate where they see their degree taking them, and chances are the music industry won’t top the list. Some might even be surprised to learn that Mines has a music program. But more than a century after its establishment, the beloved but low-profile program is poised for a renaissance,

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A Vibrant Alumni Network

May 18th, 2015 | By
Denver Metro alumni head for the hills on a hike to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt in Colorado.

Section: A community of Mines alumni who strive to stay connected to their alma mater and to one another to celebrate their Mines Pride No matter where you live or travel, you’re bound to cross paths with fellow alumni. With each graduating class, our newest Miners scatter to cities across the globe to launch or

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Faculty and Alumni Awards

May 18th, 2015 | By

MINES PROFESSOR RECEIVES NSF CAREER AWARD Ning Wu, Colorado School of Mines Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering assistant professor, received a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his research “Inand Out‐of‐Equilibrium Behavior of Colloidal Clusters with Broken Symmetries.” The study’s results will provide fundamental knowledge that scientists and engineers can use to

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In Brief: Spring 2015

May 18th, 2015 | By

Here are a few of the top news stories about Mines. You can read other news stories in more detail at newsroom.mines.edu. Mines and NREL awarded $1.5M by U.S. Department of Energy to develop next generation solar PV technologies Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative solar energy research and development

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Grand Adventure in the Canyon

Apr 9th, 2015 | By
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Fellow alumni, family, and friends will embark on an adventure of a lifetime: a river raft trip through the Grand Canyon on May 23-30, 2015. The 2015 trip currently has one spot left. Contact Emily Gonzales ([email protected]) to register!  Learn more at minesalumni.com/canyon2015. Greetings fellow river runners and future river runners!  I will be the 2015

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In Memoriam: Spring 2015

Apr 8th, 2015 | By

Richard F. Burczyk of Golden, Colo., died Dec. 10, 2014. Born in 1946, he graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. and then received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Wyoming. After retiring in 2003 from a 29-year career at Coors Brewing Co., Dick became an adjunct instructor for the College

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Web Extras: Spring 2015

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Sabré Cook, a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, in her element. (Photo Credit: WCM and Sabré Cook Racing)

WEB EXTRAS Faculty Member Profile Seven things you might find in Professor John Spear’s office. Click here to see pictures and learn more about Professor John Spear. Student Profile Sophomore mechanical engineering student breaks barriers as pro female kart racer. Check out the full article and video here. Mines Fight Song Show your Mines pride

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Miner’s Pic: Brandon Turman ’08 and Courtney Steen ’10

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Courtney Steen '10

LIVIN’ THE DREAM Everyone talks about landing the dream job after graduation—Mines alumni Brandon Turman ’08 and Courtney Steen ’10, pictured above, actually made it happen. How do they spend their days now? Riding and testing the latest mountain bikes and components and relaying their on-trail experiences to the public. “I have always had a

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Gregg Brandon Named New Football Coach

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Brandon NMSU sideline

Former New Mexico State University (NMSU) offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Gregg Brandon has been named new head coach of Mines’ 126-year old football program, the university’s athletic director David Hansburg announced in late December. Brandon is only the sixth head coach to walk the sidelines since 1937. “Gregg Brandon brings an unbelievable amount of experience to

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