Recognizing Exceptional Alumni
Each year, Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association proudly honors exemplary membersÂ of the Mines community with several awards. Alumni nominate their peers for each award,Â and the winners are chosen by an awards committee made up of alumni members. We wouldÂ like to congratulate the 2016 winners and thank those who submitted a nomination.
Visit minesalumni.com/awards to view past recipients or to nominate alumni for 2017 Alumni Association awards.
ALUMNUS OF THE FUTURE
Presented to a student for their efforts in strengthening and embodying the spirit of the alumni association, the 2016 award was given toÂ Hyung (Tony) Kim, class of 2017. Tony is a petroleum engineering student and plans to graduate this spring. He is president of the StudentÂ Alumni Association, where his greatest accomplishment has been helping to establish an alumni/student mentor program. The pilot programÂ called â€œMentorship @ Minesâ€ launched this fall. Tony is also a Blue Key Honor Society member and was one of the Duane J. and Marcine M. FritzÂ Scholarship winners in 2016. After graduation, Tony would like to work as a reservoir engineer and further his education by earning an MBA. HeÂ ultimately would like to start-up and operate his own oil and gas company.
MELVILLE F. COOLBAUGH AWARD
Jimmy B. Taylor â€™76 was selected for this award for making an outstanding contribution toward improving the image and enhancing theÂ reputation of Mines. Jimmy graduated from Mines in 1976 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in engineering and math. He serves on the alumni associationÂ golf committee and founded the Oklahoma City golf tournament in 2010, which he still chairs today. His efforts with the golf tournamentÂ have helped raise awareness of Mines in the Oklahoma City community, expand the local M Club and generate a Mines academic and athleticÂ scholarship for students from the area. Jimmy also took a leadership role in fundraising for the Marv Kay stadium project as a member of the firstÂ football team that Marv Kay coached in 1969. He also acts as an admissions representative. Jimmy currently works for Johnson Controls as anÂ energy solutions development engineer.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNA AWARD
Presented to an alumnus or alumna who has contributed meritorious service on behalf of the alumni association, the 2016 award was given toÂ Norma Mozee â€™83. Norma graduated with a bachelorâ€™s degree in mineral engineering mathematics and a minor in geophysics from Mines inÂ 1983, and earned her masterâ€™s degree in global energy management from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. Norma serves on the MinesÂ Magazine editorial board and has been instrumental in the development of the â€œWomen at Minesâ€ interest group, working with Admissions, SWE,Â WISEM and alumnae on ways to increase the number of women students attending and thriving at Mines. Currently, Norma is the principal andÂ founder of Afinidad Americas, LLC, an international business strategy and advisory consultancy focused on energy services companies.
YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD
Carol L. Skelton â€™14 was selected for this award, presented to a young alumnus or alumna whose accomplishments have reflected favorablyÂ on the school and the alumni association. Since her graduation in 2014 with an environmental engineering degree, Skelton has been workingÂ diligently on some of the largest, most technically challenging infrastructure projects in Denver. As a civil engineer at Jacobs in Denver, she designsÂ intricate drainage systems and complex hydraulics models in her day-to-day, and devotes her evenings and weekends to volunteering, hiking andÂ family. She is an active member of the Women in Transportation Seminar and Water Environment Federation. Skelton has a knack for translatingÂ engineering topics into plain English, breaking down big, data-centric ideas into something digestible. At Mines, she participated in EPICS and wasÂ a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Minergy â€œrenewal energyâ€ Club and EarthWorks. Carolâ€™s passion for environmental engineeringÂ includes water rights, pollution and the prevention of waterborne illnesses.