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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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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Hard Work, Perseverance and Collaboration

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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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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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
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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
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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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Geology and Aerial Photography Create Artistic Commentary

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Farmer Palette, Yuma, CO (Photo Credit: Evan Anderman)

In 7th grade, Evan Anderman MS ’93, PhD ’96 developed an interest in landscape photography. He was outdoorsy but also scientifically minded—his young brain was attracted to the technical side of the craft. But it would be decades before his creative, geology-informed aerial photography would win awards and be recognized by Colorado media outlets. Anderman,

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Kuwait Community

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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On Sept. 22, members of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Kuwait Chapter enjoyed an informal networking dinner hosted by Kuwait Oil Company featuring honored guest Tom Davis PhD ’74 (center), director of Mines’ Reservoir Characterization Project. Next to Davis are Mohammad Al-Bahar ’99, and Bader Al-Attar ’92, of Kuwait Oil Company.



Golden Synergy: CoorsTek, Coors Family Invest $26.9 Million in Colorado School of Mines

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Mines President Bill Scoggins and CoorsTek Chairman, President and CEO John Coors.

The name Coors and its connection to Golden, Colorado, is known the world over for more than most people think. While many of us are familiar with the Coors Brewing Company, there is another lesser-known enterprise connected to the Coors family more than a century old that touches our lives on a daily basis—that company

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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
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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
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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
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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 (hicaduda.com) 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
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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
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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
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• 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
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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
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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.