Partner News

Outstanding graduates honored at midyear commencement

Colorado School of Mines - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:23
Colorado School of Mines celebrated its midyear commencement Dec. 15, conferring a total of 239 bachelor’s, 175 master’s and 63 doctoral degrees during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.   At the undergraduate ceremony, 11 students – each representing a different academic department – were recognized for their high scholastic achievement and active involvement in departmental and school activities. The Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduating Seniors are:   - Christopher Overley, Department of Mining Engineering Overley, from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, has accepted an offer to join Martin Marietta Materials as an associate mining engineer. Favorite Mines memory: “MINExpo was such an amazing opportunity to spend time with friends and faculty outside of school.”   - Julia Hawn, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Hawn, from Bellevue, Washington, plans to spend time with family, travel and ski for a couple of months before starting work at AECOM in Denver. Favorite Mines memory: “Camping with friends during field session.”   - Ryan Givan, Department of Petroleum Engineering Givan, from Englewood, Colorado, will join Matador Resources Co. in Dallas as a reservoir engineer following a two-week family trip to New Zealand. Favorite Mines memory: “The time we got to visit an offshore production platform in California during the first field session. It was the first time I really got hands-on exposure to the industry and it further sparked my interest not only in oil and gas but engineering in general.”   - Aspen Anderson, Department of Geophysics Anderson, from Fort Collins, Colorado, is moving to Vancouver to start her doctoral studies in the Department of Earth Science at Simon Fraser University. She plans to focus on regional-scale hydrogeologic systems and is receiving full funding. Favorite Mines memory: “Geophysics Field Camp solidified everything I learned in class, showed me how much geophysics can be used, and allowed me to connect with my classmates on a more personal level.”   - Rachel English, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering  English, from Warren, Pennsylvania, will be attending Carnegie Mellon University for her doctoral degree in materials science and engineering. Favorite Mines memory: “MAC had an outdoor movie night on Kafadar Commons where the sprinkler system turned on halfway through the movie. Everyone had to pack up and move quickly to avoid getting soaked.”   - Jonathan Helland, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics Helland, from Larkspur, Colorado, will pursue his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Mines. Favorite Mines memory: “The availability of faculty members thanks to the small school environment that Mines provides. Access to faculty members has been the catalyst for everything that I’m doing now.”   - Thomas Tarcha, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (civil) Tarcha, from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, plans to stay in Colorado and work at a structural firm. Favorite Mines memory: “Building relationships with faculty and classmates. Mines has a unique community that allows for students to make lifelong friendships.”   - Quentin Geile, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (environmental) Geile, from Parker, Colorado, will attend grad school at Mines in the Environmental Engineering master’s program. Favorite Mines memory: “Meeting fellow environmental engineers who share the same interests and passions as I do. I could not have gotten through Mines without their support and help.”   - Tiffany Kalin, Department of Computer Science Kalin, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been accepted into the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program as a software engineer. Favorite Mines memory: “I’ve always enjoyed E-Days at Mines.”   - Ryan Hunt, Department of Electrical Engineering Hunt, from Fort Collins, Colorado, plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science at Mines. Favorite Mines memory: “Building Breakout with LEDs and shift registers during the Microcomputer Architecture class.”   - Collin Kinder, Department of Mechanical Engineering Kinder, from Littleton, Colorado, is currently entertaining multiple job offers in defense and aerospace and plans to eventually complete a master’s degree. Favorite Mines memory: “E-Days – from winning the trebuchet competition to freezing during the cardboard boat race, every experience has been memorable.”   OTHER STUDENT AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:   Undergraduate
  • The Alan Kissock Award is awarded to a graduating senior in metallurgical and materials engineering, acknowledging creativity in metallurgy: Michelle Hoffman
  • The Brunton Award in Geology is awarded in recognition of the highest scholastic achievement and interest in and enthusiasm for the science of geology: Michelle Franke
  • The Clark B Carpenter Award is presented to the graduating senior in mining or metallurgy who, in the opinion of the senior students in mining and metallurgy and the professors in charge of the respective departments, is the most deserving of this award: Erika Nieczkoski
  • The Faculty Choice Award in Computer Science is given to a top graduating senior who helped improve computer science at Mines: Jack Rosenthal
  • The Mary & Charles Cavanaugh Award, presented in metallurgy, is determined by scholarship, professional activity and participation in school activities: Brian Medberry
  • The Outstanding International Undergraduate Award is presented to an international student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement: Huan Wang
  • The Outstanding Senior Research Award in Chemistry is awarded to a student who demonstrates superior performance and creativity in undergraduate research: Maleigh Pagenkopf
  • The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in Computer Science is awarded to a student who demonstrates superior performance in undergraduate research: Huan Wang
Graduate
  • The Mendenhall Prize is awarded by the Department of Geophysics to the department’s outstanding graduate student: Kendra L. Johnson, PhD Geophysics
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Outstanding Thesis Award: Liqui Yang, PhD Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • The Dr. Bhakta Rath and Sushama Rath Research Award recognizes a Mines doctoral graduate whose thesis demonstrates the greatest potential for societal impact: Xuemin Li, Applied Chemistry
Military Commissions The following students will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army:
  • Tyler Z. Brown
  • Zachary R. Doom
  • John D. Kater
  • Emily M. Quaranta
  • Kristen M. Smith
  • Erik H. Trenary
The U.S. Army Cadet Command annually rank-orders ROTC seniors, with the top 20 percent in the nation earning the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate: John D. Kater
  The Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower Award is awarded to the outstanding ROTC Cadet commissioned each year, based on demonstrated exemplary leadership within the Corps of Cadets and academic excellence in Military Science: Kristen M. Smith
  MORE COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS:

CONTACT

Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Cornerstone Design projects propose novel ways to upcycle

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:18

A durable, easy-to-install roofing shingle made from waste ceramics and grocery store plastic bags was the top project at the Fall 2017 Cornerstone Design Final Competition on Dec. 6.

A total of 24 student teams from Intro to Design (EPIC 151) exhibited their design solutions for reducing waste through upcycling at the final competition, representing the top team from each class section. 

The Engineers of the Round Table’s roofing shingle won first place in the Best Design Process category. Their shingle-making device utilizes a heating element to melt the plastic bags together and adhere the crushed ceramics to one side of the shingle, with a press and second plate ensuring uniform thickness. Team members were Justin Rozendaal, Ernest Smith, Anais Rostad, Jordan Vickers and Joseph Protiva.

Earning second place was Tr# Upcycle, for their machine to melt waste plastic into bricks for building houses. Team members were Charles Collins, Torin Hopkins-Arnold, Zack Hart, Connor Smith and Caleb Kotter.

The award for the Most Potentially Viable project went to Enginerds, for their modular phone charger assembled from the functional batteries in discarded cell phones. Forming the team were Kellen Parker, Landon Walker, Paxton Heiting and Nick Gonzales.

Required for all Mines undergraduates, EPIC 151 is a semester-long design course whose centerpiece is an open-ended design problem that students must solve as part of a team effort. 

This semester’s task was reducing the amount of material that enters the waste stream by designing novel, useful solutions – and the tools required to make those solutions – from items that would otherwise be thrown away. Solutions were required to fulfill a need felt by a significant number of people, while also making a meaningful impact on the waste stream, the environment and/or the community.

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Society of Women Engineers hosts midyear continuum

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:18

The Colorado School of Mines student section of the Society of Women Engineers celebrated graduating female students at its midyear Continuum on Wednesday, December 13.

The Continuum is a biannual event held at the end of the fall and spring semester, and invites families, friends, alumnae and members of the Mines community to campus to celebrate the class of graduating women.

Kim Bogue ’03, a Mines graduate and systems engineer at Raytheon, was the keynote speaker at the event. Bogue has worked on multiple programs for the company, supporting the development of mission management and command and control software and hardware for satellite ground stations.

Graduating electrical engineering seniors Nana Adu and Andrea Benefiel also spoke at the event.

“I’m sure we are all anxious about entering the next stage of our lives but we want to encourage you to embrace that fear,” Adu said. “Keep learning because you have the ability to make a real impact in the world.”

The Continuum started in 1999 when Susan Rainey, a SWE member and graduating senior, wanted to form an event recognizing the women on campus. Rainey brought together SWE, the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics program and the Mines Alumni Association to develop and sponsor the event.

 

CONTACT
Joe DelNero, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3326 | jdelnero@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Mines president on team that wins ESTCP Project of the Year

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:37

Colorado School of Mines President Paul C. Johnson was part of a team of researchers recently honored for the top environmental restoration project of the year by the U.S. Department of Defense’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program.

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) announced its annual awards at the 2017 SERDP-ESTCP Symposium Nov. 28-30 in Washington D.C.

The project Johnson contributed to, “1,4-Dioxane Remediation by Extreme Soil Vapor Extraction (XSVE),” led by Rob Hinchee from Integrated Science & Technology Inc. (IST), was honored for developing a novel cost-effective way to remove 1,4-Dioxane from soils. 1,4-Dioxane is a possible cancer-causing chemical that can contaminate and persist in groundwater, and is found at chlorinated solvent spill sites and in some household products. 

“This project was a great example of the accelerated technology transfer that DoD hopes to see in the ESTCP program,” Johnson said. “Within only a few years, the XSVE technology went from concept to validation, and now environmental engineers have a new easy-to-apply option for restoring 1,4-Dioxane-contaminated sites.”

The team successfully demonstrated the XSVE technology at a field site and developed a design tool, HypeVent XSVE, that others can use to simulate the remediation of 1,4-Dioxane under a range of XSVE design conditions. Study results showed 1,4-dioxane concentrations in the treatment area decreasing about 95 percent, in good agreement with the projected results.

In addition to Johnson, team members included Hinchee and Dave Burris of IST, Paul Dahlen and Yuanming Guo of Arizona State University, Kimiye Touchi of AECOM, Hunter Anderson of AFCEC and Dave Becker of USACE. This is the third project-of-the-year award that Johnson has received from the SERDP-ESTCP programs.

A chemical engineer by training, Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California–Davis and master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

Established in 1995, ESTCP’s goal is to identify and demonstrate the most promising, innovative and cost-effective technologies to address DoD’s high-priority environmental requirements. Projects are managed within five areas – energy and water, environmental restoration, munitions response, resource conservation and resiliency, and weapons systems and platforms. 

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Solar disinfection system wins CECS Fall Capstone Design Fair

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:49

A solar-powered water disinfection system for use in rural Uganda was awarded first place in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences’ Fall Capstone Design Trade Fair on Dec. 5.

Team Uganda Solar also won the fair’s Humanitarian Engineering Award for the sustainable and economic point-of-use water disinfection system, which utilizes ultraviolet LEDs instead of the traditional mercury vapor lamps. According to the 2017 Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene report, prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, nearly 22 million residents living in rural areas of Uganda lack access to safe, clean drinking water. 

Members of Team Uganda Solar were Cole Alexander (mechanical engineering), Barron Keith (electrical engineering), Shao Liu (environmental engineering), Chad McFarland (mechanical engineering) and Caitlyn Smith (environmental engineering). 

Second place went to Team Dentium Engineering for their project, Dr. Sluggo’s A-45 Oscillator Toothbrush. Team members were William Cullum (mechanical engineering), Matthew Lewis (mechanical engineering), Duncan Melton (mechanical engineering), Brock Morrison (engineering physics), Cesar Navejas Garcia (mechanical engineering) and John Kater (mechanical engineering).
 
A first-place award was also given out to the top Human-Centered Design Studio project, Team 13e’s Motocross Foot Positioner. Primary team members were Rheana Cordero, Lauren Harrison, Kayla Hounshell and Megan Koehler, all studying mechanical engineering. 
 
Judges evaluated the projects based on poster and display, discussion, problem definition, design analysis and overall impression. 

"For two semesters these teams have been putting to use everything they had learned during their engineering studies to solve a client's problem and the trade fair is the proof in the pudding,” said Kevin Moore, dean of CECS. “Trade Fair is where we can showcase partnerships between Mines and the outside world, as well. This fall's winning team, Uganda Solar, with their project titled ‘eMi Solar-Powered UV Disinfection’ is a perfect example. Partnering with support from an NGO and with a co-client who also had in-country NGO experience, the team put together an amazing humanitarian-motivated solution to a real problem, a true ‘project that matters.’”

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Reboot of login03

University of Colorado Boulder - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:35
Categories: Partner News

Graves accepts International Distinguished Achievement Award from SPE

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:52

The Society of Petroleum Engineers has named College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering Dean Ramona Graves as the 2017 recipient of the International Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.

SPE presents international awards to recognize those who have made significant technical and professional contributions to the industry and contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society. 

Graves received the award “for her significant scientific achievements in the areas of laser-rock interaction, for dedication to students, teaching and the teaching profession, and for furthering cross-functional cooperation.”

Graves is a Mines alumna, and the second woman in the country to earn a doctorate in petroleum engineering.

“It really is an honor to receive an award for doing something that I absolutely love for the last 40—almost 40—years,” said Graves after receiving her award.

Graves went on to thank colleagues and family, saying she owed a special debt of gratitude to the women in her life.

The award was presented by SPE President Janeen Judah at the Annual Awards Banquet during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, October 9-11, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

Watch Graves’ entire thank you speech here.

Contact: Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu  
Categories: Partner News

Mines student inspires future University Innovation Fellows

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:54

A Colorado School of Mines student spent nearly a week before Thanksgiving working to educate and inspire the next generation of University Innovation Fellows, including the four newest fellowship candidates from Mines.

Asya Sergoyan, a chemical engineering major, was one of 24 current fellows invited back to facilitate the UIF’s Silicon Valley meetup, which this November brought together 350 young innovators for immersive experiences at Stanford University’s d.school and Google. Aspiring fellows also receive six weeks of training online, which has been described as similar to a four-credit course.

“It was interesting to be on the other side,” Sergoyan said. “It was a much larger group than ever before and very international—students from India, a lot of students from South America. It was really cool.”

Sergoyan facilitated a workshop about integrating music into K-12 education. She also delivered a four-minute “Ignite” speech about learning from failure, shifting one’s perspective and using what one has learned to succeed in the future.

For her presentation—15 slides at 15 seconds per slide—Sergoyan drew upon her experience attempting to translate her success with a nonprofit organization she cofounded in high school to Mines.

Grades for Change provided free science and English tutoring to K-8 students. As a freshman at Mines, Sergoyan hoped to do something similar and encourage fellow college students to promote STEM education at local high schools. “We hosted meetings, but no one was ever interested,” Sergoyan said. “Students were too busy, and they didn’t want to do it for free. I realized that this isn’t what the campus needs, but there are other things it does.”

Sergoyan emphasized three ideas in her speech: “You always learn more about yourself from failure; failure and success aren’t discrete; and recognizing failure is a success in itself,” she said.

Sergoyan was one of six Mines students named University Innovation Fellows in February 2016. Before that, only one Mines student had taken part in the program, which seeks to empower students to become agents of change at their schools.

That cohort’s accomplishments on campus include the creation of maker spaces, the innovation competition sponsored by Newmont and a section of freshman orientation devoted to innovation activities. They’re also organizing a regional UIF meetup on campus next September. “We want to fly a bunch of University Innovation Fellows in from all over the country, maybe the world, to see our campus and work with our students to brainstorm things around poverty and the needs of developing countries,” Sergoyan said.

Even though she was at the Silicon Valley meetup to help the newest fellows, Sergoyan found plenty of inspiration herself. “It was the most incredible time, and I’ve met the most incredible people—people who do the craziest jobs, who have started their own companies, who have gone through tragic events. I saw people with cultural differences who were focused on the same ideas.”
 
“Everybody was so willing to devote their time to help everybody with their speeches,” she said. “It was such a good community that I just want to go back there.”

CONTACT
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Researchers win NASA funding for small spacecraft technology

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:23

A pair of researchers from Colorado School of Mines was one of nine university teams selected for NASA funding to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft.

Qi Han, associate professor of computer science, and Christopher Dreyer, research assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will receive $200,000 in funding per year for two years through NASA’s Smallsat Technology Partnerships Initiative. Working with two collaborators from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, their focus will be developing and evaluating algorithms for dynamic spacecraft networking and network-aware coordination of multi-spacecraft swarms.

“This project aims to develop a framework for tight integration of communication and controls as an enabling technology for NASA to effectively deploy swarms of small spacecraft,” Han said. “This framework will make it possible for a network of self-organizing small spacecraft to be highly collaborative among themselves for the monitoring of time-varying and geographically distributed phenomena.”

Current deep-space missions face several challenges, including intermittent network connectivity, stringent bandwidth constraints and diverse quality-of-service (QoS) and quality-of-data (QoD) requirements, she said. 

“The use of a single platform creates non-optimal data-gathering conditions, thus requiring longer duration to meet science requirements,” Han said. “For example, during the NEAR [Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous] mission, the orbit was a compromise resulting in non-optimal data-gathering conditions for most instruments. Up to a third of the time, communicating with the Earth required maneuvering the spacecraft so that the asteroid was no longer in the instruments’ field of view.”

The distributed spacecraft network proposed by the Mines team would deploy a carrier spacecraft with larger storage and processing capabilities along with the swarm of small spacecraft in orbit about a near-Earth asteroid. 

“The carrier spacecraft is dedicated to data transfer, so it is responsible for sending data gathered by all the spacecraft to the deep space network,” Han said. “This setup will make sure that the spacecraft swarm can collect measurements uninterrupted in the shortest period of time.” 

As part of the project, researchers will also evaluate and demonstrate an integrated prototype system, using a team of unmanned aerial drones in the challenging wireless network environment of the Edgar Experimental Mine.

“The work nicely complements efforts at Mines to expand research and teaching in space-related fields, such as the Mines and Lockheed Martin software academy and the Space Resources Graduate Program,” said Dreyer, who works in the Center for Space Resources at Mines

Other universities to receive funding through NASA’s Smallsat initiative are Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; Purdue University; Utah State University; University of Arizona; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Washington. Proposals were requested in three areas – instrument technologies for small spacecraft, technologies that enable large swarms of small spacecraft and technologies that enable deep-space small spacecraft missions. 

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Mines team headed to programming world finals

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:28

A team from Colorado School of Mines is headed to the world finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition for the first time in school history. 

The SAMurai MASters – Sam Reinehr, Allee Zarrini and Matt Baldin – won the Rocky Mountain Regional on Nov. 11, besting more than 50 teams from Colorado, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Alberta and Saskatchewan to claim the region’s lone spot in the most prestigious collegiate programming competition in the world. 

The Mines juniors will face off against teams from Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia when they travel to Beijing, China, in April.

“All CS@Mines faculty are pumped about the first-place finish of SAMurai MASters in our region,” said Tracy Camp, professor and head of the Computer Science Department. “These types of events are such a great educational opportunity for our students, so we were thrilled to see 11 teams – 33 CS@Mines students – participate this year, a record. To have a team win the Rocky Mountain region is huge.” 

Reinehr, Zarrini and Baldin credited their victory to months of preparation – the three friends have been meeting up for four hours every Saturday since the summer and added some individual programming practice this fall. 

“We competed last year, but we didn’t prepare at all. We just did it for fun,” Baldin said. “We went in with no expectations but we thought we could win if we actually tried. It didn’t seem out of reach. So, we promised ourselves that we would practice a lot.” 

In the competition, teams earn points for each algorithmic problem they solve and for how quickly they come up with a correct answer. At regionals, the SAMurai MASters solved 9 of 11 problems – but they did it considerably faster than the only other team that managed to solve that many. 

Unlike many of the schools sending teams, though, Mines does not have a competitive programming club or class, from which the top performers can be curated into teams for regionals. The SAMurai MASters hopes that changes in the future.

“Overall what we hope to get out of this is for Mines, after seeing us place so well, to start developing a program for students to compete and do well in this competition in the future even after we graduate,” Zarrini said. 

“We put Mines on the map,” Baldin added. “We want them to stay there.”

At worlds, the SAMurai don’t expect a repeat performance of regionals – Russian teams have won six years running – but they’d be happy with placing in the top 60 and earning honorable mention. To help prepare, they’re doing an independent study next semester with Teaching Associate Professor Jeff Paone.

“We're all juniors – we've got next year, too,” Reinehr said.

Tech companies also recruit out of the competition, and the teammates have found that all that programming practice has been good prep for interviews. 

“Almost every technical interview question I’ve gotten has not been nearly as difficult as the questions we’re doing here,” Zarrini said.

“I wouldn’t say being good at competitive programming necessarily makes you the best software engineer, but it speaks volumes to someone’s problem-solving ability,” Baldin said. “We want to prove we are good problem solvers."

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Mines professors compose music for Parade of Lights float

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:57

The newest float in Denver’s 9News Parade of Lights has a Colorado School of Mines connection.

Keep your ears perked or you might miss it.

An electronic holiday carol written, arranged and mastered by two Mines professors will serve as the soundtrack for Sparkling Ice Castle, the brand-new parade float built and designed by Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) apprentices and members.

“Wind Carol,” written by Music Program Director Robert Klimek and arranged and mastered by Teaching Associate Professor Jonathan Cullison, was composed specifically for the float.

“The world needs to know that Mines has a music technology program,” Klimek said. “A lot of students, one of the first things their parents ask is, ‘Our students are very interested in music and they’re interested in technology. What do you have?’ We’re constantly trying to make connections out there internationally, nationally and locally so people know the skill set and training programs are here.”

The annual holiday lights parade will begin its festive march through downtown Denver at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and again at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Friday's parade will also be broadcast live on 9News KUSA-TV.

Composing a piece of original music for a parade float posed a unique set of challenges – so much so that Klimek and Cullison are planning to give a similar project to students in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ Music, Engineering and Recording Arts Minor Program. The minor offers students experience on both sides of the recording-room glass – music performance and music recording. 

“The float issue is a real issue – you get to view 15 seconds of this thing going by,” Cullison said. “We didn’t want people to stop listening and say, ‘Oh, it’s another float’ and return to their hot chocolate. It’s an absolutely gorgeous float. We want to do everything we can to draw the crowd into the passing float and make sure they’re getting the most impact out of it, a total audio and visual sensory experience.”

Learning as much as possible about the float’s speakers – how they projected, how far they projected, the width of their projection, their position on the float – was crucial, Klimek said.

“The idea was at every second of the recording to have something happen, to have them go, ‘Oh, I want to listen to more,’ ” Klimek said. “If it’s the same thing over and over again, they stop listening and move on to the next display.”

The composition itself drew inspiration from the winter wind and a child’s sense of awe, Klimek said. 

“When you hear the ‘Wind Carol,’ you hear the wind blowing. It rises up and falls back down,” he said. “The first time my grandson heard the wind, we were walking on the trail along Clear Creek and he just perked up and his eyes widened. It’s invisible but for him it was the coolest thing in the world.” 

The Mines connection doesn’t end there, either. Golden’s Matsuo Engineering – owned by Allan Matsuo ’92 – consulted on the project, helping IECRM take its concept drawings through production and work with the acrylic fabricators, lighting companies and construction crews to forge the twinkling, color-changing float.

“It’s exciting to see it all come together,” said Matsuo, who plans to walk in Saturday’s parade. “Just like a building going up, it’s gratifying to see it come to fruition and know you were part of it.” 

And don’t worry: If you miss this year’s parade, you’ll get another chance to experience the Sparkling Ice Castle and its Mines-made soundtrack next year.

“Our job in the HASS Music and Performing Arts building is to say, ‘Those walls where you think I’m a math person or I’m an art major, those walls are self-imposed.’ There’s no reason an art major can’t understand physics and love math. There’s no reason a math major can’t dig art,” Cullison said. “If we can help facilitate that cross-communication, we’re creating a better student, a Renaissance student of the present day.”

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Proposed space resources program featured in Wired

Colorado School of Mines - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:08

Colorado School of Mines' proposed graduate program in space resources was the focus of a recent feature article in Wired. The program's pilot class, Space Resources Fundamentals, was launched in Fall 2017, taught by Christopher Dreyer, research assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

From the story:

"People from all over, non-traditional students, wanted to take Space Resources Fundamentals. And so Dreyer and Center for Space Resources director Angel Abbud-Madrid decided to run it remotely, ending up with about 15 enrollees who log in every Tuesday and Thursday night for the whole semester. Dreyer has a special setup in his office for his virtual lectures: a laptop stand, a wall of books behind him, a studio-type light that shines evenly.

In the minutes before Thanskgiving-week class started, students' heads popped up on Dreyer's screen as they logged in. Some are full-time students at Mines; some work in industry; some work for the government. There was the employee from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, an office tasked, in part, with making sure the US is obeying international treaties as they explore beyond the planet. Then there’s Justin Cyrus, the CEO of a startup called Lunar Outpost. Cyrus isn’t mining any moons yet, but Lunar Outpost has partnered with Denver’s Department of Environmental Health to deploy real-time air-quality sensors, of the kind it hopes to develop for moony use.

Cyrus was a Mines graduate, with a master’s in electrical and electronics engineering; he sought out Dreyer and Abbud-Madrid when he needed advice for his nascent company. When the professors announced the space resources program, Cyrus decided to get in on this pilot class. He, and the other attendees, seem to see the class not just as an educational opportunity but also as a networking one: Their classmates, they say, are the future leaders of this industry."

Categories: Partner News

Mines Ethics Bowl team qualifies for national finals

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:00

Students from Colorado School of Mines are going to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for the third year in a row.

The Mines Ethics Bowl team beat out student groups from six other schools to win the Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

Mines and the second-place team from Macalester College will move on to the national competition, set to coincide with the 2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Annual Meeting in Chicago in March. Also competing in the Rocky Mountain Regional were Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver and Simpson College. 

Earlier this year, Mines placed in the top 20 at the 2017 nationals. The school began fielding Ethics Bowl teams four years ago.

“I'm unbelievably impressed with this year's team – we have only one returning member from last year, so everyone pulled it together really quickly. Not only that, we faced serious competition from high-caliber liberal arts colleges,” said Sandy Woodson, teaching professor of humanities, arts and social sciences and Ethics Bowl coach. “Again, Mines students rise to the occasion, performing under pressure with intelligence and poise.”

Making up the team headed to the 2018 nationals are: Meghan Anderson (electrical engineering); Parker Bolstad (environmental engineering); Amara Hazlewood (chemical engineering); Blake Jones (chemical engineering); Nia Watts (computer science); and Daisy White (geophysics).

In Ethics Bowl, teams of three to five students face off to argue and defend moral assessments of the most complex ethical issues facing today’s society. Teams are judged on their ability to demonstrate understanding of the facts, articulate ethical principles, present an effective argument and respond effectively to challenges from the opposing team and judges. 

Around Labor Day, the teams received 15 cases, with brief narratives outlining some of the issues raised by each case. At regionals, 10 of those 15 cases were debated, but no team knew which would be chosen in advance. This year, the cases addressed in competition included the Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Electoral College, the rise of fake news and the ethics of 13 Reasons, a TV show about teen suicide.

“As engineers, we benefit from being very logical and that shows in our presentations,” said Bolstad, a junior who was also on the 2016-2017 squad. “While we’re not always the most philosophy-driven, the community members who are judges at regionals appreciate the logic.” 

The Mines team will get the cases for nationals in early January, giving them about three months to prepare their arguments, he said.

“We came in this year with a better understanding of how to utilize what we’re good at,” Bolstad said. “We use this term, ‘Don’t name drop.’ There’s a lot of terminology we can use – the categorical imperative and Kant – but we try not to because that’s not our strength. It’s an Ethics Bowl, not a Philosophy Bowl.”

“I’m excited to take what we learned last year and try to apply that and see if we can do a little better this year,” he said.

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Kee celebrates 40 years of research at Mines

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:51

Friends, family, colleagues and current and former students from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Germany came together Nov. 11 to celebrate Colorado School of Mines professor Bob Kee.

More than 80 guests gathered at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in honor of Kee’s 40 years of research at Mines and his 70th birthday. Guests shared stories, photos and research posters and then toasted Kee and sang “Happy Birthday.”

Kee holds the George R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses primarily on the modeling and simulation of chemically reacting fluid flow. Applications are generally in the area of clean energy, including fuel cells, photovoltaics and advanced combustion.

The distinguished guest list included Bob Dibble (KAUST), Linda Petzold (University of California, Santa Barbara), Jim Miller (Argonne National Laboratory), Olaf Deutschmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Uwe Reidel (DLR – Institute of Combustion Technology), Joe Shepherd (CalTech), Scott Barnett (Northwestern University), Wenhua Yang (Shell Global Solutions) and Kevin Walters (EtaGen, Inc.).

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

Categories: Partner News

Globus downtime

University of Colorado Boulder - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:41
Categories: Partner News

Computer science program featured in The Denver Post

Colorado School of Mines - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:08

Colorado School of Mines' computer science program was recently featured on the front page of The Denver Post. Department Head Tracy Camp and freshman James Schreiner were interviewed for the article, which focused on the surge in computer science enrollments in Colorado and across the country. 

From the story:

"And it’s not just students with computer science-related majors who are filling up college classrooms. Students studying other fields are looking to hone their digital skills to compete in a technology-driven world.

That’s why Colorado School of Mines computer science professor Tracy Camp believes this is not a mere trend that will flame out with the next fluctuation of the economy.

'Everyone in our community feels this is something different from previous trends,' Camp said. 'Computing skills have become ubiquitous in our society. Just about every engineering and science discipline needs computer skills and now they are enrolling in our classes.' "

Categories: Partner News

Pages

Subscribe to www.rmacc.org aggregator - Partner News