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
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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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$1.25 Million Gift from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Photo by George Rosales.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has made a $1.25 million commitment to Colorado School of Mines to support the departments of petroleum engineering, geology and geological engineering, and geophysics. A reception to formally announce this gift took place on the Mines campus on Nov. 11, 2014. “We recognize the importance of investing in high-quality education for our

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Orediggers Make Impressive Showing in Fall 2014

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Photo by Bryan Desch.

During a two-week span last November, the Colorado School of Mines athletics program rode a wave of euphoria that helped define an entire season. The Orediggers came away with either outright claims to or shares of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular-season and/or tournament championships in four sports. Mines participated in the NCAA Division

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Going Deep for Far-Out Life

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
The Borup Fiord Pass Glacier Astrobiology research team (L to R): Christopher Trivedi, Steve Grasby, Alexis Templeton, Graham Lau, and John Spear.

Subsurface life forms that don’t need the Sun may hold the key to understanding the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. In February 2005, a research team led by microbiologist John Spear set out to study geothermal ecosystems in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park. What they found astonished them: microbial communities in

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Eye Tracking System May Aid Robotic Surgeries

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Courtesy of Xiaoli Zhang.

Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Xiaoli Zhang and graduate student Songpo Li have developed a robotic laparoscope system that can help surgeons better perform laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy is an operation performed in the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions with a camera. Laparoscopic instruments (typically 0.5-1 centimeters in diameter) are inserted through

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New Beginnings in Fall 2015

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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You may notice that something’s missing. Usually at this time of year, we’re encouraging you to register for Alumni Weekend, which has been held in the spring for the last several years. Instead, we’re asking you to save the date: Sept. 30–Oct. 3, 2015. Beginning this year, Alumni Weekend will be held in early fall

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A Note from the New CSMAA President

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Ray Priestley '79

It’s been three and a half decades since, as we all say, “I got out.” With the passage of time, I have learned to appreciate numerous things about the Colorado School of Mines. First, as my son James (MS Hydro ’13) told me about three weeks after starting graduate school at Mines: “Dad, you were

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Around the World…and Back to Mines

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
Bill Zisch '79

“I probably ended up at Mines because I wanted to play football,” said Bill Zisch ’79. “I already had the idea that I wanted to go into engineering, so when Mines said, ‘We’d like to have you play football for us,’ that really caught my attention.” The offer also reinforced a strong family connection: Zisch’s

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From Mines to Mars: Alumni Engineers Help Send Orion to Deep Space

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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At 7:05 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2014, Mines alumnus Paul Anderson ’85 stood on the causeway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, looked out across the water to the launch site, and watched five years of his work go up in flames. The ground shook beneath him. Then came the deafening whoosh, as NASA’s Orion

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Mines Launches Earth Resources Institute

Mar 22nd, 2015 | By
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Colorado School of Mines has established the Earth Resources Institute (ERI), which will work to educate and inform policymakers and other stakeholders about pressing issues in the critical areas of earth, energy, and the environment. Through research and policy analysis, ERI will foster collaborative partnerships with established research institutions, universities, and government agencies around the

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In Memoriam: Fall 2014

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Alfred H. Balch DSc ’64 of Golden, Colo., died May 23, 2014. Born in 1928, he graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1950. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he began his professional career in the oil industry with Phillips Petroleum, and returned to graduate

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Auf Wiedersehen, Abu Dhabi

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

The title is no misnomer–wander around Madinet Zayed in Abu Dhabi, and you’ll hear Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Tagalong, Arabic, English, French, German, and probably others as well. In the last four languages I can at least mutter something in, and this title is proof of it. In the last three languages are some of my

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A Whole New World

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

Grüßgott from Austria! I arrived in Leoben Monday last and have spent the week settling into my new home for the next five months! Just want to start by saying that I can already tell I will love it here. The town is beautiful and the Austrian culture is very apparent. Some of the older

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Unearthing Moon’s “Ocean of Storms”

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
The full Moon as seen from the Earth, with the Procellarum border structures superimposed in red. (Photo Credit: Kopernik Observatory/NASA/Colorado School of Mines/MIT/JPL/Goddard Space Flight Center)

Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Associate Professor Jeff Andrews-Hanna is the lead author of a study documenting the discovery of a giant rectangular structure (roughly 1,600 miles across) on the nearside of the moon. Using NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) data, he is part of a team that examined the subsurface structure of

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Mines Geology Museum Restores 1930s Murals

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
The restored murals on the west wall of the Geology Museum.

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum has been working on restoring six murals dating back to the 1930s, after the museum suffered ceiling damage from heavy rains in September 2013. Museum Director Bruce Geller collaborated with a team of art conservators, framers, construction workers and an art photographer over the past year in order

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Hard Work, Perseverance and Collaboration

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
(Photo Credit: Thomas Cooper)

It is always exciting to return to campus after enjoying time off in the summer, and this year it is particularly energizing as we celebrate our 140th anniversary as an institution of higher education. Mines has been unique from day one, with a mission specialized to meet the ever changing needs of Colorado, and a

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Encana Internship Leads to Full-Time Employment

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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Senior petroleum engineering major Tyler Barela, of Trinidad, Colorado, spent 12 weeks during the summer of 2014 working as an intern at Denver’s Encana Energy. It was an experience that not only lent valuable corporate experience, but also landed him a job as a full time engineer upon graduation in 2015. Barela worked as a

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A note from the CSMAA President

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

As you may have already learned, we have filled two important positions that were vacated last year by Anita Pariseau and Serena Bruzgo. The new director of alumni relations is Nancy Blank, who comes to us from Colorado Mountain College with experience in program administration, nonprofit administration and the academic environment. Emily (Milian) Gonzales ’08,

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M Climb

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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Incoming Mines students made the annual trek up to the M on Mt. Zion Aug. 18. They placed their rocks on the monument and gave everything (including themselves) a fresh coat of whitewash. A Mines education continues to be highly sought after, as evidenced by a record 13,200 applications received for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Stitt Happens—A Century Milestone

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Coach Bob Stitt celebrates his 100th win at Mines
alongside Director of Athletics David Hansburg
and the Mines football team. (Photo Credit: Bryan Desch)

It was nearly 14 years to the day that separated Bob Stitt’s inaugural victory as the Colorado School of Mines football coach from his century-mark milestone. On Sept. 9, 2000, a little-known former offensive coordinator at Harvard University walked out onto Brooks Field in his second game as head coach and guided the Orediggers to

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Student Finishes Mines Degree After 21 Years in Marine Corps

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Travis Gordon stands in front of Guggenheim Hall in fall 2014

Travis Gordon attended Mines from 1989-91, leaving in the middle of his degree to enter the U.S. Marine Corps. He reenrolled back at Mines during summer 2014 as a petroleum engineering student. In the spring of 1989, Gordon was recruited from Grand Junction High School to play football at Mines by Marv Kay ’63, former

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Career Day

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Career Day

On Sept. 9, 230 companies visited campus for Career Day to meet with more than 3,000 students and alumni at the largest collegiate career fair in Colorado and Mines’ history. Industries including petroleum, renewable energy, mining, engineering and aerospace were in attendance, including 40 new companies this year representing biotech, automotive and robotics.



Museum Sparkle

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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The Geology Museum displayed this 6.2-carat fancy yellow diamond at its open house Sept. 10. A diamond’s color is classified by a letter grade, ranging on a scale from D, which is totally colorless to Z, which is a pale yellow or brown color. Diamonds with more depth of color than Z color fall into

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Professor, Dancer Create Anti-Injury Activewear Technology

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Terry Lowe (far right) oversees the Anti-Injury Activewear research team, who are all part of the Nano-Structured Materials Research Group.

Taking note of the high-end protective clothing that motorcyclists and car racers wear at events, former Denver Nuggets dancer Kady Zinke was dismayed there wasn’t anything comparable for dancers. Zinke, who founded her own activewear company, decided to take matters into her own hands. She reached out to Mines for engineering expertise and connected with

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Reactor Repair: Colorado-Built Robot Playing Key Role in Japanese Nuclear Cleanup

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Marc Rood

On a sweltering August day at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, four technicians clad in biohazard suits wheeled a Colorado-built robot up to the towering nuclear reactor unit No. 2, bolted it to the floor, and quickly walked away. Hours later, with operators controlling it via joysticks at a safe distance, the refrigerator-sized

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Melville F. Coolbaugh Memorial Senior Award: Brandon Tortorelli

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
(Photo Credit: Kurtis Griess)

Mines engineering physics student Brandon Tortorelli was recently awarded the CSMAA Melville F. Coolbaugh Memorial Senior Award. The award is a prestigious financial award given since 2007 in honor of former Mines President Melville F. Coolbaugh. It is awarded to a high-achieving student who demonstrates financial need and is graduating within the academic year. The

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Bike Bike Que

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
From left, Robert Bruzgo ’95, Richard Jarboe ’67, Debbie Dean, Edwin Supple (current student, Mines Cycling Team member), Patrick Stevens ’96, MS ’03, PhD ’12, Roy Dean, Alex Patel (current student, Mines Cycling Team member), Arianne Dean ’09, MS ’11, Karl Zachry ’82, Cathy Campbell, Pat Phillips ’61 and David List ’84. (Photo Credit: Alyse White, current student)

The annual Bike Bike Que was held in Golden on Sept. 13. Around 20 riders (all cyclists this year) met at the Coolbaugh House in the morning, rode out to Bear Creek Lake State Park, and then biked back to campus for a barbeque catered by Famous Dave’s. AC Golden Brewing Company donated plenty of

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Miner’s Pic: Mickey Wilson ’11, MS ’12

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Mickey Wilson MME '12 uses his body to bounce off a slackline at the Dominion Riverrock Slackline Competition in Richmond, VA. (Photo Credit: Jesse Peters)

Mickey Wilson ’11, MS ’12, is a professional slackliner from Durango, Colorado. He first tried the sport when he was a junior at Mines and soon after, he founded the CSM Slackline Club and gave the club its infamous nickname, the CSM Slackers. While studying for his master’s degree at Mines, Wilson went to his

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