Meet the Alumni Association Board of Directors

by | Jan 3, 2017 | Alumni Network, Winter 2017

Hanna Aucoin
Denver, Colo.
Graduate Student Representative

Originally from South Carolina, Hanna received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a biomolecular engineering concentration from Clemson University in 2013. She enrolled at Mines in fall 2013 to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering. Hanna’s research focuses on making genetically modified cyanobacteria for the sustainable production of complex special chemicals and hydrocarbon precursors used in the production of bioplastic and biofuels. Hanna is also active in student leadership, previously serving as the chemical engineering representative and vice president of the Graduate Student Government. During her term as vice president, she rebranded the annual Mines graduate conference to be the Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium. Hanna now serves as the president of the GSG.

William Zisch ’79
Indian Hills, Colo.
Vice President

Bill received a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Mines in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Bill has more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry, and has been President and CEO of Midway Gold since December 2014. He has been a member of the Nevada Mining Association’s Board of Directors and is a past chairman of the Colorado Mining Association.

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