As an alumnus of the Engineering and Technology Management program and a Coast Guard officer, I enjoyed reading the article “Coast Guard Officers Find Unlikely Fit” by Doug McPherson [fall/winter 2013]. However, I was surprised and disappointed to find that my name was left off the list of Coast Guard ETM Program alumni.
In “The Face of Petroleum Engineering,” [summer 2013], Ramona Graves’ comments about the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies struck a deep chord of disappointment. As a proud alumnus of the Petroleum Engineering Department who took full advantage of the educational, artistic and enrichment opportunities provided by LAIS, I felt her answer didn’t do justice to the important contribution the division makes to the Mines campus.
Joe Gray and I were classmates. I knew he was bound for greatness, but never expected he would end up in cancer research. I am a cancer survivor and have outlived all expectations of the medical staff at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The lack of any pituitary function has been a life-changing event and brought me into an understanding of what is most important in life.
After I read the spring issue of the magazine, I passed it on to my father as I thought he’d enjoy some of the articles. When I talked to him earlier today, he thanked me profusely for sharing it with him. He not only enjoyed the articles I thought he’d be interested in, but also took great interest in some of the other features, and pretty much read the magazine from cover to cover.
I worked for and with Tom [Howard ’41, spring 2013, In Memoriam] for almost 10 years developing innovative mining equipment, including a backfill system initially used in South African gold mines. He provided much of the technical direction and practical focus for the research and development efforts of Joy Manufacturing Hard Rock Mining Division. He encouraged the innovative use and modification of mining equipment to meet the needs of the mining and petroleum industries.
I really enjoyed the cover story on quantum dots as they relate to breakthroughs in solar panels. It’s like getting an issue of Scientific American that relates to research being done at my old school. My only comment is, more articles like this, please! I’m sure Mines has enough going on to fill a much
I enjoyed “Exploring Human Landscapes” [fall 2012], but in the photo on p. 25 you show and mention Bill Clinton and Saunders. You fail to mention the great Nelson Mandela. I worked on the extremely deep gold mines of South Africa from 1983 until 1995, and saw Mandela released from prison and eventually democratically elected as South Africa’s president. He surely deserves to be recognized in this photo?
After reading the story about the bell [fall 2012 issue] and seeing my uncle in Editor’s Take, we found a couple more photos from the past. My dad and his two brothers were involved in the bell heist and engraving.
In the obituary for Donald Larson in the fall 2012 edition, it was such a pleasure to see that he had won the Robert Lesage award from the Rocky Mountain Lift Association in 2008. I know a little bit about Robert Lesage because he was my father, and also a Mines graduate with an EM degree in 1948.
I loved [the fall 2012 issue]. Great magazine. I always give them to kids in the neighborhood who have an interest in going to Mines.
Cover to cover! The feature articles on mining exploration and using Russian H-bomb fuel were interesting and informative. And the “Inside Mines” coverage keeps me up-to-date on a school that’s reaching new heights in academics and sports. Well done—and thanks.
Karen and I want to let you know how impressed we are with the interesting and well-written article in the summer issue of Mines magazine. “Hitting Paydirt” was a fun-to-read, clearly written and intriguing description of what we old desert rats do for a living. We loved the mixture of stories, showing how a combination
I was captivated by your story on the role played by Jerry Grandey ’68 in salvaging the 1993 agreement to dismantle Russian nuclear warheads. I remember following those events nervously, wondering what would happen to those tens of thousands of warheads in the U.S. and Russian arsenals.
I have to make a correction to the Wild Woman story (winter 2012). I never coached them because they were uncontrollable.
I really enjoyed the Wild Women ’85–’90 profile from the Winter 2012 issue. It’s a joy to read about these women and the friendships they’ve nurtured for such a long time. The article states, “Many started the first Mines women’s club soccer team, coached by Thomas Wildeman.” Women’s soccer at Mines goes back further than the club started by the Wild Women.
Brenda and I just returned from a very successful 60th Reunion of the Class of ’52, and I am glad to have had the opportunity this late in life to meet again with 18 other classmates and their spouses and companions. Kudos to the alumni association for giving the event a full agenda, loads of good instructions, and coordinating a broad range of successful activities.
The article on geothermal technology in the fall 2011 issue took me back to my experience in 1979, when I was transferred by Aminoil from the Middle East to the Geysers Field, 60 miles northeast of San Francisco, to manage their geothermal operation there. Aminoil had the contract to supply steam to a Pacific Gas
More than one reader pointed out that in the sidebar about the history of George R. Brown Hall in the fall 2011 issue, we inaccurately stated that Brown Hall was originally built “to house the newly established engineering program.” In fact, the Department of Mining Engineering—from which George Brown ’22 earned his degree—was intended as
Mines magazine emailed a readership survey in May, to which more than 1,600 alumni responded. To complement the analysis provided in The Network, we offer a selection of comments that were provided anonymously by respondents in response to three survey questions.
Promises Overlooked Congratulations to Mines magazine for serving the Mines community for 100 years. I read with interest the letter in Inbox titled, “More on Bierstadt Restoration.” Noticing that an expanded article with photos and maps would be offered on your website, I followed up there. Although, I found the text printed in the magazine,
Comments on the new website: Great work on the new site! I’ve been reading some of the old issues, as older publications have always been interesting to me. I did want to make a couple small suggestions for the archive page. Firstly, let visitors know that they can right-click on the magazine to download a
Comments on the new website: The online edition of Mines magazine is a wonderful addition to Mines’ resources and a strong testament to the work of your staff. I browsed through some of the content this morning and particularly enjoyed the video link to freshman Max Schulze’s unicycling endeavors. This semester I have seen Max
Comments on the new website: Just a quick email to say that I really like your new format, as well as the content. I read every print version, typically on an airplane. I haven’t read it online yet, but it looks compelling. Maybe once I have an iPad. Good work and keep it up. Greg
Comment on “A Rough Road to Riches” Excellent article. I worked with Tim [Marquez] in The Netherlands. Great to see that he has done so well. Lovely family. John Thompson
Comments on the new website: Great job! Congratulations. Don Wilson ’58
Praise for Bridge Building Thank you for the very informative and enjoyable article about the construction of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Mr. Zanetell and his team have provided a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution to a problem others avoided. All of the participants, the crews, the contractors, the suppliers, the designers and the managers
Praise for Bridge Building Congratulations! This is the best issue in my memory (which, alas, is not as good as it was when I was at Mines 50 years ago). Terrific articles, well written, very well (alright, extremely well) illustrated. Within a day of receiving my hard copy, I had read it cover to cover
Praise for Bridge Building The fall/winter issue was one of best magazines Mines has ever published. I especially liked the article “Constructing a Landmark,” featuring Dave Zanetell ’87. It was extremely well-written and informative about a great engineering achievement. Clint Eddy ’62
Dear Editor, If I may, I would like to add some interesting information to your recent short article on the Mines Bierstadt painting (summer 2010, v.100, No.2 p7). Much of the impetus for the collaboration between Mines and the Denver Art Museum (DAM) began at a lunch in early December of 2008 hosted by the
Federal Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing Jim Classen’s letter in the summer issue of Mines opines that EPA regulation of hydraulic fracturing isn’t necessary, because it is already policed by state agencies. However, his reasons for why groundwater contamination is improbable do not square with what has been widely reported from a number of different sources.