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Hao Zhang discusses abandoned mine robot research with Associated Press

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:00

Hao Zhang, assistant professor of computer science at Colorado School of Mines, was recently interviewed by the Associated Press about his research to develop a robot to explore abandoned mines.

The story, which included video footage of a prototype robot at the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, was picked up by multiple national, regional and local publications, including The Washington Post, Fox News, Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times, The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, (Fort Collins) Coloradoan and The Durango Herald

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Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart to give lecture Feb. 5

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:09

Sir Fraser Stoddart, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be at Colorado School of Mines on Feb. 5 to give a public talk about his Nobel-winning research on the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

Stoddart, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, shared the 2016 Nobel Prize with Jean-Pierre Sauvage of the University of Strasbourg, France, and Bernard Feringa of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, for the contributions they each made toward the development of molecules with controllable movements. 

His talk, “Materials Beyond Cyclodextrins: Emergence Opens up a Whole New World,” will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 in Room 209 of Coolbaugh Hall, 1012 14th St. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Coolbaugh Hall atrium, with drinks and refreshments provided. 

The Chemistry Department’s Student-Invited Seminar Committee will also host a student Q&A session with Stoddart from 3 to 4 p.m. in Coolbaugh Room 219. 

The Nobel-winning breakthrough began with the development of a new way to link molecules—the mechanical bond. Instead of bonding through ionic or covalent means, molecules are instead coupled in a physical manner by entangling them in space. Sterics, complexation and coordination drive this supramolecular assembly, with the building blocks being held together by intermolecular forces.

These supramolecular structures with switchable mechanical responses open up a whole new world in functional materials, drug delivery and the development of nanotechnology in general.

Photo credit: ©​ Nobel Media AB 2016/ Alexander Mahmoud (portrait), ©​ Nobel Media AB 2016/ Pi Frisk (award ceremony)

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Fleckenstein interviewed by Denver7 about oil, gas production in Denver-Julesberg Basin

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:43

Will Fleckenstein, director of strategic relationships and enterprises for the College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was recently interviewed by Denver7 about oil and gas production in the Denver-Julesberg Basin.

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Space resources program approved for fall 2018 launch

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:25
  A first-of-its-kind graduate program in space resources will officially lift off at Colorado School of Mines this fall.   Post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees will be offered through the unique interdisciplinary program, which aims to prepare scientists, engineers, economists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to responsibly explore, extract and use resources on the Moon, Mars, asteroids and beyond to fuel future space exploration, cislunar development, as well as needs back on Earth.     The Mines Board of Trustees approved the new degrees in December and the Colorado Department of Higher Education signed off earlier this month. Mines officials are preparing to begin accepting applications for fall 2018 starting this spring.   “This is the very first program in the world in space resources – there's been interest from space agencies, aerospace and mining companies and entrepreneurs around the globe,” said Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at Mines and research associate professor in mechanical engineering.  “People in different stages of their careers are excited about this next phase of space exploration and how we can take what we’ve learned on Earth and apply it in space.”    More than two dozen students living in five countries across three continents are currently enrolled in the program’s pilot class, Space Resources Fundamentals, a distance learning-enabled course that was offered for the first time last fall. A second pilot class, Space Systems Engineering, debuted this semester and is being taught by recent Mines hire George Sowers, professor of practice in mechanical engineering and former chief scientist at United Launch Alliance. Other core classes will include space resources-focused design project courses and graduate seminars, with technical electives spanning prospecting, mining, extraction, power and energy, engineering systems such as robotics, and economics and policy.   Mines has been a leading institution in the study of space resources since the 1990s. The field brings together many disciplines in which Mines has a world-renowned presence, including remote sensing, geomechanics, mining, materials/metallurgy, robotics/automation, advanced manufacturing, electrochemistry, resource economics and solar and nuclear energy. Instruction in the space resources program will focus on the scientific, technical, economic, policy and legal aspects of the developing field, taught by a multidisciplinary group of experts in academia, space agencies and the private sector.   “Colorado has the second-largest aerospace economy in the nation. This program is a great way for Mines to have a presence in aerospace,” said Christopher Dreyer, associate director of the Center for Space Resources and research assistant professor in mechanical engineering. “It is unique and appropriate for Mines with its unparalleled expertise in resource extraction and utilization.”   CONTACT
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Lange discusses impact of solar panel tariff with CGTN

Colorado School of Mines - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:01

Ian Lange, director of the mineral and energy economics program and assistant professor of economics and business at Colorado School of Mines, was recently interviewed by China Global Television Network (CGTN) about the impact of a new U.S. tariff on imported solar panels.

The solar tariff has been authorized for four years, with the rate starting at 30 percent and falling to 15 percent by Year 4. The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempted from the tariff each year.

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Maniloff interviewed by Greeley Tribune about tax reform's impact on energy industry

Colorado School of Mines - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 17:05

Peter Maniloff, assistant professor of economics and business at Colorado School of Mines, was recently interviewed by The Greeley Tribune about how the recent U.S. tax reforms could impact oil and gas companies. 

From the story:

According to Peter Maniloff, assistant professor in the Division of Economics and Business at the Colorado School of Mines, the decreases in taxes themselves are chump change for the industry. But the thing that he recommends keeping an eye on is the increase in competition, especially at first.

"If you make something cheaper, people do more of it," he said. "The key question is how much."

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Mines students qualify for 2018 NASA Mars Ice Challenge

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 09:03

A student team from Colorado School of Mines has qualified for the finals of the NASA Mars Ice Challenge for the second year in a row.

Team MINERS, short for Martian Ice New-age Extraction and Recovery System, will be one of 10 collegiate teams facing off in the on-site technology demonstration and water extraction competition at NASA Langley Research Center on June 6-8. 

For the competition, student teams design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Also qualifying for the finals were teams from Alfred University, Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Rowan University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

“After Mines’ strong showing at the NASA Mars Ice Challenge last year, we are extremely excited to be selected a second time to put our new ice-water extraction design to the test at the 2018 competition,” said Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at Mines and research associate professor in mechanical engineering. 

Eight mechanical engineering students make up Team MINERS: Scott Jarriel, Alex Baker, Brian Coleman, Brandon Do, Colin Young, Robert Ortega, Ryan Hurlburt and Tanner Osiecki.

“We’re building on last year’s design,” said Jarriel, team manager for the senior design project.

In 2017, Mines placed second in the competition and was one of only two teams to successfully collect water

Like their predecessors, Team MINERS will use an auger to drill through the soil, but then they plan to deploy a heat probe to melt the ice and a pump to extract the liquid water. Currently, the team is the midst of testing and prototyping, Baker said, with automating the system posing some of the biggest challenges so far.

“If we send human missions to Mars for research purposes, it’s going to be really helpful to be able to use the resources that are already there, rather than carry every single thing for humans to survive,” Coleman said.

The Mars Ice Challenge is a special edition of NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL), a series of university-level engineering design competitions sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace to engage students and faculty in real-world aerospace work. 

Mars image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Magazine features Carreón as one of 10 successful Mexican personalities in the US

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:45

Moisés Carreón, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was one of 10 successful Mexican personalities in the United States featured in the September 2017 issue of ¡Hola! magazine.

Carreón’s distinguished academic career and outstanding, innovative research earned him a spot on the list. In 2013, Carreón received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, one of the highest distinctions for early career professionals.

“I feel honored to be part of this list which includes such a great group of talented Mexican born people who have succeeded in their fields,” Carreón said. “It is really great to represent both Mexico and the United States. I feel very proud of my family and my Mexican roots, and am very thankful with the United States for opening me the doors to be here and do what I like most.”

The list also included Major League Baseball pitcher Yovani Gallardo, astronaut José Hernández and broadcast journalist Maria Elena Salinas.

Carreón’s research focuses on the rational design of advanced functional porous materials for applications in molecular gas separations, gas storage, and heterogeneous catalysis. His work tackles highly relevant societal issues relating to energy and the environment such as carbon dioxide capture and utilization, biomass conversion to liquid fuels, and spent nuclear fuel treatment.

The article labeled Carreon a “scientific star of Colorado School of Mines” and said he had discovered the formula for success. It went on to describe Carreon as “an innovator of the highest level … having developed a system that captures polluting gases to convert them into plastic or fuel, which will help reduce global warming, among other benefits for humanity.”

Carreon earned a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and holds MS and BS degrees from Universidad Michoacana, Mexico. He joined Mines in 2014.


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Higgins interviewed by Grand Rapids Press about PFAS-contaminated drinking water

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:40

Christopher Higgins, associate professor of civil and environment engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was recently featured in a Grand Rapids Press/ article about a Michigan town whose drinking water may have been contaminated with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Higgins co-authored a 2014 study on the ability of conventional water treatment plants to filter out PFAS, a class of chemicals widely used in industrial and commercial applications since the 1950s.

From the story:

Higgins' 2014 study in the International Water Association journal analyzed the effect different full-scale surface water treatment plants had on PFAS. It concluded that conventional filtration and disinfection technologies are "mostly ineffective."

Reverse osmosis, anion exchange or granular activated carbon treatment systems are needed to remove PFAS. However, "most of the time, people are not going to employ those technologies unless they have to because they can be very expensive," Higgins said.

"Something like chlorine dioxide or any standard drinking water treatment system is not going to remove these chemicals," Higgins said. "If they were present in the surface water before the year 2000, they were likely making their way into finished drinking water."

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Innovation reigns supreme at 2018 Newmont Challenge

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:17

The 2018 HackMines Newmont Innovation Challenge will take place Feb. 3, with student teams collaborating to solve problems centered around two themes: finding mineral deposits that have thus far eluded mankind and the role of digital transformation in unlocking value for a sustainable future.

During the daylong event, teams will hear from mining experts about the relevant challenge areas before getting time to ideate an innovative solution and create simple prototypes. Teams will also receive training on how to build a short presentation before pitching their idea to a panel of judges.

Prizes will be awarded based on the team pitches. Up to seven teams will receive $1,000 in funding to continue work on their ideas into spring semester. In a change for this year's competition, all participants, not just the finalists, will be eligible for additional funding from the $50,000 Newmont Innovation Fund.

The finalists from the Feb. 3 competition will face off again at the end of the spring semester, when a panel of judges will evaluate their proposed solutions based on overall desirability, product validation, market validation and financial viability. The first-place team will receive up to $10,000 in additional prizes. 

New this year are four pre-competition workshops designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge they'll need to be successful not only in the competition but also in other ventures they may pursue.

The Jan. 23 workshop focused on how to find successful ideas that can form the basis of one's venture while the Jan. 24 session looks at how to create, lead and manage conflict in a team. 

On Jan. 30, students can learn about using and developing Lean Canvas business models, solving the right problem and determining unmet customer needs. The final workshop, on Jan. 31, will focus on finding the ideal mentor.

For more information about the Newmont Innovation Challenge, go to

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Wu wins NSF CAREER award for GPU multitasking research

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:56

Bo Wu, assistant professor of computer science at Colorado School of Mines, has received a NSF CAREER Award to develop techniques to support multitasking in graphics processing unit (GPU) computing.

Wu’s project, “Compiler and Runtime Support for Multi-Tasking on Commodity GPUs,” will receive $501,546 over five years starting in May. 

Designed to accelerate parts of a single application and work as co-processors with general-purpose central processing units (CPU), GPU computing has become mainstream in recent years, used in machine learning, graph analytics and scientific simulation, as well as data centers and cloud computing infrastructures where users increasingly demand accelerated applications.

“When users connect to services on the internet like Google’s search or Apple’s Siri, their request is handled on the same server as many other users’ requests. To handle this traffic, many companies are now leveraging the computing power of the graphics cards (GPUs) present in many modern computers. However, GPUs lack necessary hardware support to guarantee quality of service (QoS) in such scenarios,” Wu said. “This CAREER project aims to tackle this problem by developing software which slightly changes existing applications to allow them to coordinate their execution for both performance and fairness.”

Wu’s team will develop both compiler and runtime techniques to help accomplish transparent, efficient multitasking. Compiler techniques will help circumvent the hardware limitations of GPUs and allow a set of additional features, such as preemption, while runtime systems will permit the scheduling of applications to best utilize the potential of the GPU and guarantee quality of service. 

As part of the project, Wu will work to advance GPU education at Mines for both computer science and non-computer science majors. 

Two courses open to students of all majors, Introduction to Parallel Computing (CSCI-440) and Advanced High Performance Computing (CSCI-580), will cover the fundamentals of GPU computing and cutting-edge optimization techniques for GPU applications. Wu also plans to offer GPU workshops for faculty and students to get hands-on experience writing GPU code in CUDA, a parallel programming language.  

Wu joined Mines in 2014 after earning a PhD in computer science from The College of William and Mary. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central South University in Hunan, China.

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Caterpillar offers students hands-on leadership training

Colorado School of Mines - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:44

A new partnership between Colorado School of Mines and Caterpillar is providing hands-on leadership training and industry mentorship to student leaders in mining engineering. 

Four Mines students – all serving on the executive team of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) student chapter – spent their fall break last semester at the Caterpillar Tinaja Hills Demonstration Center in Green Valley, Arizona, for the Caterpillar Student Leadership Experience Program.

Designed specifically for Mines, the unique leadership program exposed students to the value of a servant leadership approach and leveraging their own individual strengths to motivate and lead others. Activities included a StrengthsFinder assessment, panel discussion on career experiences and lessons, and skill-building presentations on leadership styles, organizational climates and effective team building.

Students also toured CAT’s Tucson Proving Grounds and had the opportunity to operate equipment at the Tinaja Hills training facility. Sessions were led by some of the top managers and executives in CAT’s Surface Mining & Technology Division.

“We learn a lot of the technical and the academic things at school, but this was a great chance to learn more about the people-based side of things – how I can communicate what I want most clearly and if I encounter someone who is very different from me, how I can communicate with them and work together as a team?” said Tyler Rockley MS ‘17, who was SME treasurer prior to graduation and is now interning in the Denver office of a mining consulting company before he joins explosives company Orica this summer.

SME Secretary Kinsley Costner, a junior studying mining engineering, said it was pretty fun, too, to try their hands at operating backhoes, dozers and loaders at the training facility. 
“It reinvigorated the passion for why I chose mining. Their offices are right next to a mine – it was really cool to see people who get to make money with this degree,” Costner said. “We also got to see innovations and what’s coming up. In a few years, we could be designing mines for autonomy.” 

Also attending the program were SME President Evan McCombs and Vice President Roland Daniels.

“Programs like this are intended to demonstrate our commitment to investing in future leaders within the mining industry whether they choose to work for us or one of our customers someday,” SM&T Lead HR Manager Ben Cordani said. “Colorado School of Mines has been a great partner and we look forward to continued engagement with both their students and faculty.” 

Caterpillar plans to offer its Student Leadership Experience program again this year in May for the next class of SME officers at Mines. Elections are scheduled for Feb. 14.   

Hugh Miller, associate professor of mining engineering, accompanied the students on the trip and said one of the things that stood out to him was the program’s emphasis on interactive discussions between students and CAT executives and management.

“The three-day program provided these students with a unique hands-on opportunity to develop professional and leadership skills intended to expand their abilities to leverage their own strengths to motivate and lead others, as well as positively influence individual and group performance,” Miller said. “It was truly a tremendous experience for these students and we’re grateful to CAT for making this program possible."

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Wilcox serves on AGU panel addressing climate intervention

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:50

Jen Wilcox, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, served on a panel of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) that has adopted a revised position statement on climate intervention.

The statement, titled “Climate Intervention Requires Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal and Environmental Impacts, and Policy Development,” was updated to reflect changes in the current understanding of climate intervention and discusses two categories of climate intervention: carbon dioxide removal and albedo modification, a process that would inject particles in the atmosphere that would reflect some of the sun’s radiation away from the earth’s surface. The statement also encourages national funding agencies to “create substantial research programs on climate intervention” to better understand associated risks and opportunities.

Wilcox was one of nine panelists who reviewed and revised the position statement. AGU’s position statement was featured in Eos, a news source focused on the Earth and space sciences, and can serve as a resource for policymakers drafting legislation that impacts members’ scientific disciplines.


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Sowers discusses space resources on Colorado Public Television

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:44

George Sowers, professor of practice in mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, appeared on a recent episode of Devil's Advocate with Jon Caldara, a current events show that airs on Colorado Public Television.

Sowers, the former chief scientist at ULA, discussed the growing field of space resources and how water on the Moon, space-based solar power and metallic asteroids could fuel future space exploration and development.

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MLK Jr. Recognition Awards honor campus advocates

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:52

Three Colorado School of Mines community members received Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Awards at a luncheon on January 17.

Louisa Duley, assistant director of admissions; Kristine Callan, physics teaching professor; and Olivia Cordova, a senior electrical engineering student, each received a recognition award for their appreciation for diversity and understanding its value on campus.

Recipients are chosen based on nominations by peers that highlight their efforts to develop innovative programs or policies that enhance diversity on campus, demonstrate a commitment to a philosophy of inclusion by initiating interactions between people of different backgrounds and their efforts to contribute to fostering understanding and respect for diversity within the campus community.

From Duley’s nomination:

Louisa has been able to translate her years of experience with SUMMET to other programs such as our Challenge program. Louisa’s care, understanding and respect for these students from the time they are prospective students until the day they proudly cross the stage at Commencement cannot be overstated. Louisa truly fosters understanding and respect and has helped the campus expand its reach to a more diverse group of students.

From Callan’s nomination:

Under Kristine's guidance, the student group Equality Through Awareness (ETA) grew beyond its humble roots within the Physics Department and quickly became a campus-wide phenomenon aiming to bring together students and faculty of all backgrounds in order to discuss the various challenges faced by underrepresented populations in STEM. ETA has since become a mainstay on campus, challenging the students, faculty and administration with taking an often times uncomfortable look at issues like implicit bias, stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, the socio-economic implications of engineering, student anxiety and sexual harassment.

From Cordova’s nomination:

Olivia is an inspiring individual in many ways beyond her work with the Society of Women Engineers. Through her role as an RA for the Nucleus Scholars group, Olivia often participates in presentations to share her experiences as a first-generation college student, educating the Mines community on the benefits diversifying our campus and reaching out to this underrepresented group as well as shedding light on the unique needs of first-generation college students.


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Graves to receive first Women in Energy Pinnacle Award

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:28

Ramona Graves, dean of the College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been chosen to receive the inaugural Pinnacle Award from Oil and Gas Investor.

The honor, recognizing a person who has had an extraordinary impact on the energy industry, will be celebrated at Oil and Gas Investor’s 25 Influential Women In Energy gala luncheon Feb. 6 in Houston.

“Dr. Graves’ lifetime of achievements — as a leader, teacher and scholar — make her our first choice for this honor,” said Rich Eichler, CEO of Hart Energy, a media and information company for the global energy industry and publisher of Oil and Gas Investor. “She has achieved great professional distinction in her own right, and she has launched many of today’s top energy executives on their own successful careers. Her rigorous approach to her field and her commitment to first-class scholarship have raised the standards of her students as individuals and of the industry as a whole.”

Graves, a Mines alumna, was the second woman in the nation to earn a doctorate in petroleum engineering. In 2017, the Society of Petroleum Engineers honored her with the International Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty

Co-director of the Center For Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC), Graves’ primary research is in the area of reservoir characterization and laser/rock interaction.

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Santi commentary on post-wildfire debris flows published in The Denver Post

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:29

A guest commentary on post-wildfire debris flows written by Paul Santi, professor of geology and geological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was published in The Denver Post. The piece, "California mudslides are a reminder of Colorado’s vulnerability," discusses the mudslide risk in Colorado and what residents can do to protect themselves.

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Eggert interviewed by Phoenix New Times about uranium market

Colorado School of Mines - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:59

Rod Eggert, professor and Viola Vestal Coulter Chair in Mineral Economics at Colorado School of Mines, was recently interviewed by the Phoenix New Times about the global uranium market for a story about the uranium deposits near the Grand Canyon and the possiblity of the Trump administration lifting or revising a 2012 moratorium on any new mining claims in the area.

From the story:

Though the breccia pipes in the Grand Canyon area are thought to be some of the best deposits in the country, they’re only estimated to be about only 1 percent uranium.

“I don’t think anyone is arguing that these deposits are the best undeveloped deposits in the world,” Rod Eggert, a mineral economist at the Colorado School of Mines says. The important question, he continues, is whether “these deposits are commercially viable.”

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REU program alum wins AIChE award for research poster

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:22

A chemical engineering student won the poster competition at the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual student conference for work based on research she conducted with Colorado School of Mines faculty and graduate students.

Rileigh Casebolt, a senior at Bucknell University, took part in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program organized by the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center in 2017. She conducted research under Carolyn Koh, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and graduate student Mimi Israil.

Casebolt’s winning poster was titled “Atmospheric Pressure Raman Investigation of Binary Clathrate Hydrates in Their Role in New Energy Applications.” Casebolt also received the Best Poster Oral Presentation Award during the REU program, which is organized by Physics Teaching Professor Chuck Stone.

“Thanks to the REMRSEC REU program at Colorado School of Mines, I had the opportunity to do meaningful and interesting work on binary clathrate hydrates,” Casebolt said. “I think that it is so easy for me to talk about my research from the 2017 REU program because I really enjoyed what I was doing and I learned so much while I was there.”

“My REU experience just further confirmed my interest in pursuing renewable energy research, and I am so thankful,” Casebolt said. 

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