In Brief: Summer 2014

Aug 8th, 2014 | By

Business Insider ranks Mines degree as #1 most underrated, Professor Marcelo Simoes awarded Green Energy and Technology Award, and more.

Adios, Arecibo

Aug 8th, 2014 | By

I spent my final week in Puerto Rico finishing up my project and preparing a presentation for the Arecibo staff and students. While the dish has not yet been cleaned, I was able to start a design project that will be passed down through future generations of undergraduate researchers to eventually develop a full-scale, functioning robot.

Celebration of Alumni 2014 Award Winners

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

On April 25, 2014, the following individuals were honored for their contributions to Mines during the Celebration of Alumni dinner, one of the highlights of Alumni Weekend.

Where the Exceptionally Gifted Fit In

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Able to count to 20 in three languages by the age of 2, 16-year-old Mines student Santiago Gonzalez was reading about minerals and rocks from a college textbook before he ever attended elementary school. By age 8, he was studying programming languages, building a website ( and creating apps. Today, he is fluent in more than 10 programming languages and has written 16 applications.

Mines Helps with Grand Mesa Slide Investigation

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Soon after the massive landslide that killed three men on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado on May 26, Paul Santi PhD ’95, professor and head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, accompanied by Karen Berry, interim head of the Colorado Geological Survey, toured the site as members of an advisory group assembled by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Risk, Failure, Hard Work and Lots of Success

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Some people pack their lucky rabbit’s foot when they head to Las Vegas. Others make sure they take the right clothes so they’ll look sharp night and day. When Charles “Chuck” Shultz ’61 went to Vegas for his honeymoon during his junior year at Mines, he took a slide rule. “I still had homework to finish,” says Shultz.

Just Published

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

• Plastics and Sustainable Piping Systems
• Programming the Finite Element Method, Fifth Edition
• Decision Analysis for Petroleum Exploration, 3.0 Edition

Personal Best Follows Brain Tumor Recovery for Mines Runner

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Mines track and field runner Neal Anderson ’12, MS ’14 doesn’t view the brain tumor that derailed his senior year of athletic competition in the same light as others. “The brain tumor was kind of like … just another injury. Obviously a little more severe and it caused a lot more worry for the people I love, but in my mind, I don’t think I’ve done anything that special,” Anderson says.

Water-Energy Education Center Launched

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Created with a $3 million gift to study and enhance awareness of water challenges in the petroleum industry, the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST (Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology) at Colorado School of Mines is the first major partnership between a university and the energy industry that is primarily charged with studying water issues related to the production of unconventional oil and natural gas.

Children’s Hospital and Mines Announce Second Round of Research

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

After piloting several successful research collaborations in 2013 between Children’s Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado and Mines, four new projects have been announced for 2014.

In Memoriam: Summer 2014

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Frederick C. Aldrich ’48
Frank J. Anderson ’64
Herbert J. Ashe ’49
Manuel Bettencourt Dias ’50, MS ’51
W. Rex Bull
Peter G. Burnett ’43
William Wei-Liang Chu ’50
Michael R. Collodi ’72
David F. Coolbaugh ’43, ’47, DSc ’61
William J. Holtman ’43, MS ’47
Clement A. Lehnertz Jr. ’52
George B. Lucas
Thomas O. Miles ’76, MS ’85
Eugene C. Olinger ’54
Hubert M. Rackets ’42
Martin C. Stanger ’44
Hendrik K. van Poollen MS ’50, DSc ’55
Gerald E. Van Sickle ’58
Francisco F. Vidal ’51
Terril E. Wilson ’61
Peter Yurcisin ’53

President’s Corner: Not the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Here

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

I hope that you’ve had a chance to enjoy your summer by spending time in the mountains, on the beach or your own favorite place. Here in Golden, the pace does slow down a bit mid-May through mid-August, but our campus is anything but sleepy.

1964 Time Capsule Opened

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

A time capsule buried in the cornerstone of the student center in 1964 was extracted just prior to Alumni Weekend, giving the 50th reunion class an opportunity to see the contents during their class breakfast at the President’s Residence on April 25.

Alumni Weekend 2014: Why You Come Back to Mines

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Rekindled friendships, blue skies and Mines pride marked the events on campus April 24–26, 2014, when alumni from the classes of ’79, ’74, ’69, ’64, Golden Miners (’35–’63) and others celebrated their return to the school that helped launch their careers.

Spring 2014 Commencement

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Another wave of Miners was congratulated by proud family members and welcomed into the alumni community on May 9, 2014, at a ceremony where Clarence Cazalot Jr., retired chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil, delivered the keynote address.

Mines Hosts Amputee Mobility Clinic

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Amputees aged 3 to 70 came to campus May 3 for a running and mobility clinic cosponsored by Mines and Hanger Clinic, an orthotic and prosthetic services and products provider.

Engineering Assistive Technologies

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Two creative projects aimed at improving the safety and mobility of people with disabilities received special recognition at the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Spring 2014 Trade Fair.

Spirited Photobomb and Farewell

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

If you were expecting the summer issue sooner, I apologize—“Building History” was some time in the making. It’s a brief history of Mines through the lens of campus architecture (with a few digressions along the way) and it has been a lot of fun (and work) to put together.

Building History: Campus Structures Reveal Mines’ Past

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Fine architecture has been associated with Colorado School of Mines since its earliest days, from the work of 19th century Colorado designer Robert S. Roeschlaub, creator of the Central City Opera House, to Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, designers of the iconic glass-cube Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City. To mark Mines’ 140th anniversary, we use architecture to retrace the institution’s journey from a small, one-building technical school on the American frontier to the globally respected university of applied science and engineering it is today.

Update from the States

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

I arrived back in the states in June, not sure how long it would take to get over my jet lag and readjust to the American lifestyle. As good as it felt to be home, I couldn’t help feeling a little “homesick” for what had been my home for the past six months. I’ll never forget the friends and experiences I gained during my time there.

A Final Trek

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

The four of us stumbled out onto pavement at the Sundarijal bus station after nearly eight hours of walking, knees and feet just on the verge of giving out. That was how 13 days of trekking came to a close, and yet Dawa, Henrik, Adèle and I were all grinning as we high-fived and enjoyed a celebratory coke in a grungy food stall.


Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

The same week that I arrived at Arecibo, the observatory staff began noticing another visitor, a small, black, shaggy dog, clearly struggling to survive in the streets. I have always been a dog lover and couldn’t bear to watch the animal suffer while I had more food in front of me than I could eat. So I began leaving food and water for the dog.

CSMAA Board of Directors Announce Two New Appointments

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

The Board of Directors of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association has appointed Nancy Blank as the organization’s director of alumni relations and Emily Milian ’08 as deputy director of alumni relations.

Six Months, Many Countries, Countless Memories

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

There is nothing that makes you feel quite so German as renting a car, driving the Autobahn, admiring castles in the distance and ending the day at a traditional Bavarian restaurant.

Farewell to Sisautiya

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

It’s a good thing that back wheels come in pairs. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be giving this update. Somewhere on the winding highway between Mugling and Kathmandu, the outer left rear wheel dislodged itself and spun off into the darkness towards the Trisuli River far below.

Progress with Computers and Politics

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

I must begin this update with some words of caution: Beware an 8-year-old Nepali kid named Rahul running around the Internet. If I hadn’t already unleashed him, I have surely done so now, because I helped create a Facebook account for him.

A Bit of Austrian Gastronomy

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

The Sacher Torte is a specialty dessert that Austria claims. It is a type of chocolate cake that it rich, and creamy, and delicious. While I have ordered it in a few restaurants here in the states as well, none can compare to one shared in one of Vienna’s beautiful coffee houses.

Running in Circles

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

After four weeks, I can appreciate why no one has ever been able to design a rover to clean the world’s largest telescope reflector without damaging the sensitive panel material, using harmful chemicals or weighing more than 100 pounds.

On the Fly

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

This past weekend I was able to cross off a major bucket list item—piloting a plane! A local scientist took me out with a flight instructor and I was able to copilot a Cessna 172 around the island. The views of Arecibo from the sky are absolutely incredible.

The Heart of Mithila

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

Another bus ride from hell marked the beginning of my second and last stay in Sisautiya. I was traveling with Prashant, Rashmi, Gayatri and Baibhav because Deepavali was approaching, and, for the same reason, everyone and their brother were also dispersing to their home villages from Kathmandu for the holiday. What resulted was a jam-packed bus, with people variably standing, sitting and lying in the aisle.