Students, faculty and staff paid tribute to the numerous accomplishments of Physics Professor P. Craig Taylor at Colorado School of Mines, in a retirement celebration held at the Geology Museum Friday, Sept. 23.
Taylor joined Mines in 2005 after 23 years as a professor at the University of Utah, where led the Physics Department and was director of the John A. Dixon Laser Institute. He served as associate director of the Colorado Energy Research Institute and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Taylor earned an AB in physics from Carleton College in Minnesota and a PhD from Brown University, and worked at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1971 to 1982.
At Mines, he is best known for establishing and leading the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, funded by the National Science Foundation. REMRSEC has brought together faculty across disciplines as well as scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in pursuing innovative research as well as educating the next generation of renewable energy scientists.
A unique collaboration between a synthetic chemist and a nuclear physicist at Colorado School of Mines has been awarded $1.5 million over five years by the Department of Homeland Security to develop stable, inexpensive materials for detecting dangerous nuclear radiation—the kind that emanates from fissionable material or so-called "dirty bombs."
The project, led by Chemistry Associate Professor Alan Sellinger and co-principal investigator Physics Professor Uwe Greife, includes Adam Mahl, PhD candidate in applied physics; Henok Yemam, PhD candidate in applied chemistry; Allison Lim, PhD candidate in materials science; Joey Latta, PhD candidate in nuclear engineering and Wasana Senevirathna, a postdoctoral researcher in chemistry.
The chemistry side of the project has been designing and synthesizing organic materials that can be formulated into plastic shapes for converting high-energy nuclear radiation into visible and ultraviolet light. These resulting scintillators—currently disc-shaped pieces that can fit in one’s palm—are then tested by the nuclear physicists who couple them to sensors that measure the amount of visible and ultraviolet photons generated and correlate that to the radiation absorbed.
A PhD student in nuclear engineering has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards, sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies.
Michael Servis' award-winning research paper, "A Molecular Dynamics Study of Tributyl Phosphate and Diamyl Amyl Phosphonate Self-Aggregation in Dodecane and Octane," was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry in February 2016.
A Colorado School of Mines PhD student in materials science has been awarded a NASA fellowship—one of only 14 awarded by the space agency this year—to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials that can be used to power deep-space missions.
Caitlin Crawford, advised by Physics Assistant Professor Eric Toberer, was awarded the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship for her proposal, "Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Space Power Applications." The fellowship can be renewed for two additional years; Crawford will receive $55,000 for each year of the grant.
Crawford will continue the materials synthesis work she has been doing for the past year at Mines. "We’re looking at a specific type of structure, called the skutterudite structure," Crawford said. "It’s a specific material structure that has really good thermoelectric properties for deep-space power applications."
Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Sumit Agarwal has been awarded $615,000 over four years by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to develop a scalable and more cost-effective method of manufacturing ultra-high-efficiency solar cells.
Most silicon-based solar cells in the market today have 16 to 18 percent efficiency, said Agarwal, while the maximum efficiency achieved in the lab is over 25 percent. "Our objective is to make it easier and cheaper to bridge this gap between the lab and industrial-scale devices," he said.
Agarwal and his team, which includes postdoctoral researcher Noemi Leick and members of Silicon Photovoltaics project group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory led by Paul Stradins, aim to fabricate solar cells with around 23 percent efficiency using their new method. The research will be performed both at Mines and NREL and will take advantage of NREL’s state-of-the-art deposition and new silicon device cleanroom facilities.
A PhD student in nuclear engineering has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards, sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies.
Michael Servis' award-winning research paper, "A Molecular Dynamics Study of Tributyl Phosphate and Diamyl Amyl Phosphonate Self-Aggregation in Dodecane and Octane," was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry in February 2016.
Seventy-five students from across the country and around the world gathered at Mines this past July for the first graduate student summer school on thermoelectrics in the United States in two decades.
Physics Assistant Professor Eric Toberer organized the International Summer School on Thermoelectrics, which took place July 25 to 27, with Alexandra Zevalkink, assistant professor at Michigan State University. Funding came from the Mines Office of Technology Transfer and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
"Our objective was to provide an opportunity for students to develop new collaborations and to hear from leaders in the field about the current state of the art and fundamentals," Toberer said. "Breakout discussions were a big part of this conference, largely as a forum to have graduate students interact with each other and gain insight from experts."
Faculty in the departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering have been awarded $320,000 by the National Science Foundation to turn bacteria into a more sustainable source of jet fuel.
CBE Assistant Professor Nanette Boyle, principal investigator, and Chemistry Assistant Research Professor Fiona Davies, co-PI, are using photosynthetic bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae to produce a compound called limonene.
"Limonene is the compound in citrus essential oils which gives them their distinctive scent," Davies said. "It’s an ideal precursor for aviation fuel because of its high energy density and structural similarity to jet fuel." This means limonene can simply be blended with current petroleum-based fuels with no changes needed in the existing transport fuel infrastructure.
A Mines graduate in chemistry has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and will be honored in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 8.
Jessica (Jordet) Noffsinger, who has taught eighth grade science and engineering at STEM Magnet Lab School in Northglenn, Colorado, for five years, earned a BS in chemistry from Mines in 2001 and an MA in educational leadership from the University of Denver.
"Mines helped prepare me to be a STEM teacher in so many ways," said Noffsinger, who had originally planned to become a chemistry professor. During her time at Mines, she volunteered with a youth group at her church and realized she wanted to teach science to K-12 students, rather than college students. After graduating with her chemistry degree and a minor in math, Noffsinger found a job and participated in the Teacher in Residence program to earn her credential.
"I was ecstatic to be recognized for doing what I truly love," Noffsinger said. "Being a science teacher is my passion, so it felt amazing to receive this honor." She credited her success to her creative students, colleagues who continually push her to improve, and her family.
A physicist with four degrees from Colorado School of Mines is part of a research team that has found a possible solution to one of the major challenges of facial recognition systems: makeup.
Mines graduate Alex Yuffa, with lead researcher Nathaniel Short, Gorden Videen, and Shuowen Hu, was published in the July 2016 issue of the journal Applied Optics with a paper titled “Effects of surface materials on polarimetric-thermal measurements: applications to face recognition.” The researchers are part of the Image Processing Branch of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Maryland.
Face recognition has become a key tool in fields such as security and forensics. Although the accuracy of visible-spectrum facial recognition systems has rapidly increased, and techniques to address changes in light, pose and expression have been developed, cosmetics still pose a challenge as they distort the perceived shapes of faces.
The researchers found that polarimetric-thermal imaging—which measures the thermal infrared emissions of an object, or in this case, faces—are essentially immune to the effects of makeup. The materials commonly used in cosmetics and face paint are good thermal emitters, meaning they have little impact on the heat transferred from the face. This means polarimetric-thermal images provide additional facial details that could otherwise be concealed.
For PhD student Alyssa Allende Motz, physics is not just about learning how matter moves through space and time or the complicated laws that govern our understanding of energy and force. She says that physics is more about "teaching you how to learn and how to think of things so that you can make more conclusions that lead you to more questions."
Allende Motz is not new to the world of physics. She earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 2011 and her master’s degree in applied physics in 2012, both from Mines. But she decided to return to Mines to pursue a PhD, because she wanted to continue searching for answers. "The more you find out," she says, "the more you find out that you don’t know." And she speaks from experience.
A rare study of the radioactive element berkelium, co-led by Mines Chemistry Assistant Professor Jenifer Braley, has been published in Science, one of the world’s top academic journals.
Braley, also a faculty member in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program at Mines, and Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt of Florida State University led an international team of researchers. The article, “Characterization of berkelium(III) dipicolinate and borate compounds in solution and the solid state,” appears in the journal’s August 26 issue.
A Mines PhD candidate in metallurgical engineering hopes to speak for his fellow students as a member of the board of directors of the Heat Treating Society, one of the largest groups in ASM International.
Blake Whitley, who conducts research in the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, will serve for one year as a nonvoting member beginning this September. His first board meeting takes place in October, during the Furnaces North America trade show in Nashville, Tenn. The board typically meets four to six times a year, with two held face-to-face and the rest held via teleconference.
Two student physics organizations are offering bricks salvaged from Meyer Hall, the longtime home of the Physics Department, as a reward for helping members attend the largest gathering of undergraduate physics students in the world.
Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, and the Society of Physics Students hope to send 30 to 40 students to PhysCon, according to David Schmidt, president of Sigma Pi Sigma. “It will depend on how much of the trip we can cover for each student.”
High school chemistry students from Brighton, Colorado, made their own nanoparticles and learned about sampling water from Clear Creek as part of the 11th International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials, held at Mines Aug. 14 to 18.
High school students in chemistry labThe 15 juniors and seniors synthesized and analyzed gold nanoparticles in the lab with instruction from Manuel Montaño, a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University who attended Brighton High School and earned his BS and PhD in chemistry from Mines.
Seven Mines faculty were awarded the inaugural Daniels Fund Faculty Fellows award for their proposals on how to incorporate ethics into their courses. The Daniels Fund awarded Mines a $60K grant to incorporate ethics into the curriculum— each of the proposals will receive $5K for this ethics initiative. This is the first time that the Daniels Fund has awarded funds to a non-business school.
Assistant Professor Melissa Krebs was awarded for her proposal "Ethics in Biomedical Engineering." Krebs' proposal defines how the course Introduction to Biomedical Engineering will have ethics modules built into the course to help prepare students for moral challenges that they may someday face as engineers. The biomedical ethics issues students will discuss include those surrounding stem cells, gene therapies and intellectual property.
University Professor Emeritus David Matlock will deliver a plenary lecture on steel this October at Materials Science and Technology 2016, one of the premier annual conferences in materials engineering.
Matlock, a member of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, will present the AIST Adolf Martens Memorial Steel Lecture, titled “Enhancing the Fatigue Performance of Steel: Have We Learned Anything from the Past?”
The Physics Department's perpetual quest to improve how it educates students is moving into largely uncharted territory: graduate-level classes.
Inspired and informed by the department’s innovative teaching faculty, three years teaching in the McBride Honors Program, and his own longtime interest in pedagogy, Professor Lincoln Carr set out a year ago to revamp a course in classical mechanics to better prepare students for the intensive research that will make up the bulk of their graduate school career.
"Our mean time nationally for a physics degree is already approaching seven years and increasing," Carr said, with one out of five needing eight years or more to earn their PhD. One issue he sees is the way that path is normally structured in the U.S.
"They do two years of classes – it's this block where many faculty, including me, have tended to repeat what their great masters taught them. And then they do research," Carr said.
"My idea was to have them start on research on Day One in the classroom," Carr said. "They all got shop-certified, they got electronics lab-certified, they had to build an apparatus and explain it."
Two solar panels have been installed at the Geology Museum, providing power to the Critical Materials Institute exhibit inside and proving the importance of the materials that the exhibit highlights.
“The solar panels demonstrate how critical materials such as telluride are important to new advanced energy technologies," said Cynthia Howell, research faculty and energy education specialist for CMI and the Colorado Energy Research Institute.
The setup passed its official state inspection on Friday, July 29, and now powers a video demonstrating the importance of certain mined elements, as well as a phosphor viewing box.
The U.S. Department of Energy will fund the first two years of graduate study for eight radiochemistry students at Colorado School of Mines, in an effort to meet the growing demand for scientists trained in the chemical study of radioactive elements.
The traineeship program is a partnership between the Nuclear Science and Engineering program at Mines, Washington State University and the Idaho, Pacific Northwest and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.
Chemistry Professor Mark Jensen and Assistant Professor Jenifer Braley are co-principal investigators for the program and will receive just under $800K to support their traineeship goals. The total award is valued at up to $3 million.
The Department of Energy has critical needs in the areas of nuclear energy and environmental management, and will need radiochemistry expertise for decades to come to support the nation's energy and security interests.
Professor Carolyn A. Koh, a leading expert in the study of natural gas hydrates, has been named the William K. Coors Distinguished Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering, effective at the beginning of the fall semester.
Koh joined the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Mines in 2004 as an associate professor, after beginning her career at King’s College London University, and was promoted to professor in 2012. She was co-director of the Center for Hydrate Research from 2005 until 2014, when she became its director. She was recently appointed interim co-director of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
Three Mines students have been awarded fellowships to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a Department of Energy laboratory, with access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available there.
Receiving awards from the Office of Science Graduate Student Research program are Anna Baldwin and Kevin McCann, PhD candidates in the Nuclear Science and Engineering program, and Timothy Schutt, a PhD candidate in chemical engineering.
Paul D. Ogg, teaching associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, passed away Wednesday, July 6, after an 18-month battle with T-cell lymphoma.
Ogg joined Mines in 2006 as part of the Bioengineering and Life Sciences program, and was part of the teaching faculty that joined what was then the Chemical Engineering Department in 2007 after BELS dissolved.
“Students adored Paul—they just loved him,” said CBE Department Head David Marr. “He was very dedicated to his students.” Marr said Ogg’s energy and enthusiasm for teaching will be missed, and that Ogg’s work teaching freshmen and sophomores has been one of the factors in the department’s growth.
“He really listened and he really cared,” said Deanna Jacobs, a program assistant in the CBE Department. “He took the time to talk to students and ask them about their goals. There are students who say, ‘I wouldn’t be a doctor if it wasn’t for Dr. Ogg.’”
The American Nuclear Society has selected a Colorado School of Mines graduate as its Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for 2017.
Levi Patterson earned a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Mines. He will work in the office of a U.S. senator or representative, or a Senate or House committee, and provide Congress with expertise in nuclear science and technology. Fellows are expected to gain a better understanding of how the legislative process works.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Corinne Packard has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 2016 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
Packard is one of just 83 of the nation's brightest young engineers taking part in the 22nd annual event, which takes place Sept. 19 to 21 in Irvine, Calif. The symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: technologies for understanding and treating cancer, pixels at scale, water desalination and purification, and extreme engineering.
The participants, age 30 to 35, are all performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines, and were all nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.
Packard's research interests include mechanical properties and behavior of materials, especially at micro- and nanoscales; stress-driven failure in renewable energy materials; nanomechanical testing at elevated temperatures; and traditional and novel microfabrication methods.
“The USFOE symposium gives our nation’s brightest younger engineers the opportunity to engage, collaborate, and develop long-term relationships that are critical to advancing our nation’s future. The USFOE is the only academy program that will never get out of date,” said NAE President C. D. Mote Jr.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Corby Anderson has been selected as a distinguished member of the Academy of Engineers in the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho, his alma mater.
The Academy recognizes engineers for contributions to engineering achievement, leadership, engineering education, and service to the profession and society. Out of thousands of eligible members only about 50 have been elected into the Academy.
New members will be inducted in a ceremony in October.
Mines, the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, Professor John Speer and Emeritus Professor David Matlock are highlighted by Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a consortium operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Physics Professor Lincoln Carr's work to restructure a graduate-level classical mechanics course was cited as one of the highlights of the 47th annual meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, held May 23 to 27 in Providence, RI.
Mines has received $2.1 million from the Department of Energy to fund three projects led by faculty in the interdisciplinary Nuclear Science and Engineering Program.
The projects are led by Mark Jensen, professor of chemistry and Grandey Chair in Nuclear Science and Engineering; Mark Deinert, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Jeffrey King, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering; and Douglas Van Bossuyt, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
The image shows how this story ends with Ivar Reimanis, at the summit of Alaska’s Denali on June 8, 2016. He is Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.
Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is the highest elevation in North America, scraping the sky at 20,320 ft above sea level.
Reimanis, ACerS Fellow and former Society director (and a lifelong climber), fulfilled an ambition that struck when he was 19 years old with this 17-day climb.
Materials Science graduate students Nick Xiao and George Burton, advised by Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Associate Professor Brian Gorman, received awards at the 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, held June 5 to 10 in Portland, Oregon.
Xiao received the Best Student Paper Award for a paper titled "Nanometer-Scale Electrical Potential Profiling Across Perovskite Solar Cells."
Burton received the Best Poster Award for a poster titled "Nanoscale Effects of Arsenic Incorporation in CdTe grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy."
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering, and allied disciplines.
CBE's Angel Abbud Madrid to present at TEDxMileHigh event
Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Professor Angel Abbud-Madrid will be a speaker at the TEDxMileHigh Make + Believe event this Saturday, June 25, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver.
Abbud-Madrid will talk about his work as director of the Center for Space Resources at Mines, where he leads research into space exploration and the utilization of its resources.
University Emeritus Professor of Physics F. Edward Cecil will be presenting an invited talk of his work at a conference of lost alpha particle diagnostics from high temperature fusion plasmas at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Provence, France on June 27.
Researchers in the Advanced Steel Processing & Products Research Center and the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department have been recognized for their contributions to efforts by the United States Council for Automotive Research to develop advanced steel for lightweight vehicles.
Receiving a 2015 Team Award as members of the USAMP Third-Generation Advanced High-Strength Steel Team were University Professor Emeritus David Matlock, Professor John Speer, Associate Professor Emmanuel De Moor, and postdoctoral research associate Radhakanta Rana. They were specifically cited for helping to develop steel exceeding targets set by the Department of Energy, which is funding the overall project.
Attendees of the Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit 2016, held in Denver June 13 to 16, ended their conference with a site visit to Colorado School of Mines and the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). The event was hosted by CMI’s Deputy Director, Rod Eggert. Tony Dean gave a welcome and overview of Mines, followed by presentations by Thomas Monecke and Rod Eggert. CMI Graduate Students from the Division of Economics and Business and the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM) hosted lab tours in Hill Hall. Bruce Geller and Mandi Hutchinson led tours of the Geology Museum, highlighting the new critical materials exhibit.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Stephen Liu took part in the 3rd International Congress and 21st Technical Sessions on Welding and Joining Technologies, held May 17 to 19 in Gijón, Spain. Liu, who is also director of the Center for Welding, Joining, and Coatings Research, delivered the keynote, "Introduction to Additive Manufacturing – Illustrated from the Viewpoint of Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication."
Liu also gave an invited presentation "Mitigation of Residual Stresses and Distortion in Steel Welding through Controlled Phase Transformation," and was interviewed by the newspaper La Nueva España on the outlook for additive manufacturing.
An incoming PhD student in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program has been awarded a $155,000 fellowship by the Nuclear University Program of the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate more effective ways of storing and combining energy from various sources.
Sam Kerber, advised by Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Mark Deinert, recently graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in physics.
Using computational methods, Kerber will evaluate the performance of a hybrid energy system that includes power generated by nuclear reactors, photovoltaics, and wind turbines. “We’ll optimize these systems for particular geographic regions in the U.S.,” Kerber said. “Then we’ll determine the cost of electricity for these coupled systems as a function of location, and examine their carbon intensity.”
Chemistry graduate students William Smith and Carmen Bria, advised by Professor Kim Williams, on winning presentation awards at the 18th International Symposium on Field- and Flow-Based Separations, held in Dresden, Germany, May 22 to 26. The awards are for novel research on new methods for separating and analyzing complex hybrid nanoparticles and the use of stimuli responsive polymers to address membrane fouling.
Smith received a Best Presentation Award for his research in developing "Composition and size-based separation of metal hybrid nanoparticles by thermal field-flow fractionation." Carmen won a second-place award for Best Poster for his work on “Covalent modification of ultrafiltration membranes for flow field-flow fractionation." Co-authors for this poster include Professor Steve Boyes and graduate student Frederick Prehn.
Mines student Paige Bowling is one of 22 women running for the title of Miss Colorado June 9-11. She is pursuing degrees in chemical and biochemical engineering, and biochemistry. Bowling chose the competition as a way to raise scholarship funds for the extra year she will be attending Mines to complete both degrees.
Chemistry Professor Ryan Richards has been chosen to receive the 2016 Colorado Section Research Award of the American Chemical Society.
The award, started in 1967, is given annually to a Colorado chemist with an extensive and impactful career in chemistry. It is the highest honor the Colorado Section of the ACS can bestow.
Richards will receive a medallion engraved with his name, and will present an award lecture at Mines early next year.
Richards was named an ACS Fellow in 2014. His research explores the interface of nanoscale materials and catalysis, including developing new methods to prepare nanostructured materials and control their chemical and physical properties.
Richards is also associate vice president for research and technology transfer and has served as director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in materials science. He has taught at Mines since 2007. He holds a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Kansas State University, an MS in organic chemistry from Central Michigan University, and a BS in forensic science and BA in chemistry from Michigan State University.
A study featured on the front page of the journal Cytometry Part A is the latest result of a long-standing collaboration between Mines' Physics and Chemical and Biological Engineering departments.
The paper, titled "High-Throughput Linear Optical Stretcher for Mechanical Characterization of Blood Cells," appeared in the April 2016 issue of the journal of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry and was authored by CBE graduate student Kevin Roth, CBE Associate Professor Keith Neeves, CBE Professor and Department Head David Marr, and Physics Professor and Department Head Jeff Squier. FULL STORY »
MME major Chris LeBaron receives runner-up award from inaugural Applied Mathematics and Statistics Honor Fund for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards.
Physics Assistant Professor Eric Toberer will receive around $600,000 as a subcontractor for a project to develop an advanced windowpane, which has been awarded $2.2 million by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
The project, led by Zachary Holman at Arizona State University and which includes partners at the University of Minnesota, seeks to develop a windowpane that incorporates multiple layers to improve thermal insulation, prevent condensation, and enhance the strength of the windowpane.
The Physics Department recognized its outstanding students after commencement. Photos »
Colorado School of Mines awarded 835 bachelor's degrees, including 230 to students in the College of Applied Science and Engineering.
Bachelor's degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering were awarded to 42 students. Seventy-four received degrees in Chemical Engineering and 40 received degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Twenty-three students graduated with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, while 52 received degrees in Engineering Physics.
CASE students receiving Senior Awards were:
- Vincent Pane, Chemistry, Robert A. Baxter Award
- Hairuo Tan, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Clark B. Carpenter Award
- Jake Wands, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mary & Charles Cavanaugh Award
- Kathryn Sciamanna, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado Engineering Council Award and Selim Memorial Scholarship
- Julian Joseph Uy, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Distinguished Military Graduate Award and Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower Award
- Philip Walker, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Harrison L. Hays, 1931, Award
- Elliot Britvec, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Henry W. Kaanta, 1915, Award
- Courtney Widhalm, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Guy T. McBride Jr. Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers Award
- Hannah Govett, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, McIver - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Faculty Award
- Orlando Martinez, Chemistry, Outstanding Chemistry Service Award
- Joe Haines, Physics, Outstanding Student Service Award
- Daniel Rosen, Physics, Physics Faculty Distinguished Graduate Award
- Derek Hart, Physics, Physics Faculty Distinguished Graduate Award
- Ryan Gasvoda, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Selim Memorial Scholarship
Mines awarded master's degrees to 33 students and doctorate degrees to 22 students in the College of Applied Science and Engineering.
MME PhD candidate Mark Strauss has been selected to receive the Nancy Petry Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Institute of International Education. Strauss, currently researching fluorescent lamp recycling at the University of Leuven in Belgium, was selected for his commitment to IIE's mission of fostering mutual understanding around the world through person-to-person connections.
Physics Research Assistant Professor Adele Tamboli has been chosen to receive funding via the Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program, one of only 49 recipients this year, selected from 720 proposals.
Tamboli, a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, submitted a proposal titled "Harnessing Order Parameter in Ternary II-IV-V2 Semiconductors," which was selected by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The research centers on developing a new class of materials that may have applications in high-efficiency, inexpensive photovoltaics, as well as improved lasers and optical computing.
Under the program, researchers at national laboratories will receive $500,000 a year for salary and research expenses, with grants planned for five years.
Tamboli holds a BS from Harvey Mudd College and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.]
The Chemistry Department recognized its outstanding students at its annual awards banquet Thursday, May 5, in Coolbaugh Hall.
Department Head David Wu presented the following plaque awards:
- Rober A. Baxter Award: Vincent Pane
- Outstanding Graduate Senior: Patrick Skelly
- Outstanding Senior Research Award: Kyle Kluherz and Patrick Skelly
- Outstanding Chemistry Service Award: Orlando Martinez
Receiving awards for Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant were Joshua Koubek, Ginny Premo, Daniel Van Hoomissen, and Feilong Liu.
The Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award went to William Daniels.
Jordan Goss and Elizabeth Traudt won Best of Show Poster Presentation.
Sam Gage received the Outstanding Graduate Seminar Award.
The Analytical Chemistry Award went to Nathan Bessen, who also won the Inorganic Chemistry Award. The Organic Chemistry Award went to James Baumann.
Lyndsey Babcock received the Physical Chemistry Award.
Professor Mark Eberhart received the Best Graduate Professor Award.
The College of Applied Science and Engineering recognized the accomplishments of its graduating students, staff, and faculty on Monday, May 2, in the atrium of Coolbaugh Hall. Dean Michael Kaufman recognized outstanding graduating seniors in each major, as well as best MS and PhD theses. Also recognized were faculty who received tenure and promotion, and received awards at the recent Faculty Forum.
One award unique to the college was the CASE Connector Award, given to individuals who exemplified the interdisciplinary cooperation the colleges strive for. Receiving the award were Physics Professor P. Craig Taylor, for his leadership in REMRSEC, and Physics Professor and Department Head Jeff Squier, for leading the department while overseeing the demolition of Meyer Hall and the construction of the new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, which will be an interdisciplinary hub for Colorado School of Mines.
Officials from CoorsTek, the Coors family, and Colorado School of Mines broke ground on the new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, an interdisciplinary academic and research facility, at 9 a.m. on May 2 on Kafadar Commons on the Mines campus.
The CoorsTek Center will support Mines’ College of Applied Science and Engineering and will be the home of the Department of Physics. It will serve as an integral campus landmark located on the site of the former physics building, Meyer Hall, at 15th and Arapahoe streets.
Dr. Angus Rockett has been named the new head of the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
Rockett will come to Mines this fall from the University of Illinois, where he was professor of materials science. His research interests include photovoltaics; growth and analysis of thin films; modeling of materials, especially semiconductors; and microelectromechanical systems. Rockett holds a BS in physics from Brown University and a PhD from the University of Illinois.
Rockett has been familiar with Mines for years through colleagues he has worked with in energy materials, engineering education and accreditation, and other topics. "The faculty includes many who are very well known across the materials community," he said, "and the metals and ceramics areas are exceptionally strong."
CASE faculty took home several top awards at the April 27 event. CBE Professor Carolyn Koh received the Dean's Excellence Award, while Physics Assistant Professor Eric Toberer received the Junior Excellence Research Award.
CBE Teaching Associate Professor John Persichetti and MME Associate Professor Kip Findley both received the Alfred E. Jenni Faculty Fellowship.
CBE's Ning Wu received tenure and was promoted to associate professor, Chemistry's Alan Sellinger was awarded tenure, MME's Gerald Bourne was promoted to teaching professor, and Physics' Lawrence Wiencke was promoted to professor.
Outstanding Faculty Awards, voted on by graduating seniors, went to Tracy Gardner, CBE; Brian Trewyn, CH; Corby Anderson, MME; and Chuck Stone, PH.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Research Professor Erik Spiller has been selected to be a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Class of 2017.
The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department welcomes back alumni Amy Clarke and Kester Clarke, who return to Mines as new faculty members from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Both also have extensive experience in industry.
Associate Professor Amy Clarke holds a BS from Michigan Technological University, and an MS and PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering from Mines. She conducted postdoctoral research at Los Alamos and has been a scientist there since 2010. In 2012, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Her research interests lie in innovative materials synthesis and processing through the use of novel tools and unique probes to control the microstructure and properties of energy, defense and industrially important materials, resulting in enhanced performance and reliability.
Assistant Professor Kester Clarke holds a BS from Wayne State University, and an MS and PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering from Mines. He conducted postdoctoral research at Los Alamos, and has been an R&D scientist/engineer there since 2011.
His research interests include hands-on improvement and analysis of metal thermal- and deformation-processing methods, and the use of experimental and modeling techniques to examine the effect of material processing history and microstructure on mechanical properties and performance.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering welcomes four new faculty members: Assistant Professors Diego A. Gomez-Gualdron and Joseph R. Samaniuk, Associate Professor Jennifer Wilcox, and Teaching Assistant Professor Michael Barankin.
Gomez-Gualdron holds a BS from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia, and a PhD from Texas A&M University, and conducted postdoctoral studies at Northwestern. His primary research interest is to develop, integrate, and use techniques in molecular modeling and data science, along with other computational tools, to design materials that can play pivotal roles in energy-related problems in transportation, power-generation, and other sectors.
Samaniuk holds BS and master's degrees from Virginia Tech and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with postdoctoral studies at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and KU Leuven in Belgium. His research group investigates the dynamics of soft matter and complex fluids, which are critical for many applications involving energy and the environment. Current interests include the rheology of interfacial systems, where the interface between two fluids can be used as a construction site for advanced materials.
Wilcox holds a BS from Wellesley College and a PhD from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize the negative impacts associated with our changing climate and dependence on fossil fuels. Combining experimental and theoretical methods, Wilcox's research group investigates the capture and sequestration of trace metals and carbon dioxide, as well as the storage potential of gas shale and coal.
Barankin holds a BS and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MS from the Technical University of Delft. He comes to Mines from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, where has has been a lecturer and researcher since 2012. He taught and developed curriculum for a wide range of undergraduate chemical engineering and chemistry courses, performed research projects, and served as the honors coordinator for chemical engineering. His dissertation was titled "Novel thin-film coating methods using atmospheric pressure plasmas."
The Mines student chapter of the American Chemical Society organized a Chemistry Science Fair at Coolbaugh Atrium on Friday, April 15, which included "Minescraft," a takeoff on the popular computer game that requires players to collect materials to build tools and other items.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering major Joshua Pelz was named one of the winners of the 2016 AIST Foundation's "Real Steel" Marketing Video Challenge.
The Association for Iron & Steel Technology Foundation's contest challenges students to create videos promoting careers in the steel industry while educating viewers on how the industry has changed over the last 70 years in terms of environmental consciousness and responsibility.
Pelz, who is treasurer of C.S.M.M.A.C., won for his video "Molten Movement."
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Geoff Brennecka has received an NSF CAREER Award to study how ferroelectric materials – crystalline materials with a built-in polarization that can be reversed under an electric field – respond to this stimulus at a more fundamental level.
This polarization reversal, also known as ferroelectric switching, is well described at low speeds by classic equations, says Brennecka. “But when we try to switch these materials extremely rapidly – e.g., in nanoseconds – their behavior becomes unpredictable.”
A Mines chemistry professor has been awarded $1.75 million over five years by the Office of Naval Research to develop and share software that will make designing materials easier for industry researchers, by better defining variations in electronic charge density and linking them to particular mechanical properties.
Professor Mark Eberhart and his Molecular Theory Group will work with developer Tecplot to complete the software, as well as create a user interface. The software, tentatively called Bondalyzer, will then be used to investigate problems identified by two of Mines’ university-industry research centers: the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center and the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys.
“Our software is the first that allows one to associate property changes with the corresponding changes in the electronic structure,” Eberhart said. “The type of problem we will be investigating is the effect of alloying elements and impurities on the structure, stability, and mobility of defects. This is a problem which is little understood but one that is recognized as having a strong chemical component.”
Nuclear engineering graduate student Pavlo Ivanusa received the award for Best Presentation in Biology and Medicine at the American Nuclear Society's 2016 Student Conference, held March 31 to April 3 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ivanusa is pursuing a master's degree in nuclear engineering at Mines, where he also earned a BS in engineering physics. He won for his research into numerically modeling how radiation is deposited into a person's skin when a holmium 166 skin patch -- used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer -- is applied.
Ivanusa, who is advised by Physics Professor Frederic Sarazin, is graduating this May and has accepted a position with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Risk and Decision Sciences division.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Emmanuel De Moor has been named one of 16 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Selected through an extensive review process conducted for SME by executives from across industry and academia, the recognition is based on a candidate’s research and development efforts in emerging manufacturing applications, published works, design ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and leadership. All honorees are 35 or younger.
De Moor earned the recognition for his work on materials, microstructure, and properties and processing interrelationships in sheet, plate, rail, bar, forging, and wire steels.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Matthew Posewitz was published in the December 2015 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with a paper titled "Critical role of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ferredoxin-5 in maintaining membrane structure and dark metabolism."
Demolition of Meyer Hall, to make way for the CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, began on Monday, February 28.
Physics Professor P. Craig Taylor was featured in an article titled Silicon 2.0 promises superpowered chips and solar cells in the November 2015 issue of New Scientist.
Engineering Physics major and aspiring educator Amanda Casner has won the 2015 Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers from the American Association of Physics Teachers, one of just six recipients this year.
Casner, who expects to graduate in 2017, said she became interested in a career in education after becoming a Physics 100 teaching assistant. "Through this job I have discovered that in addition to my enthusiasm for physics and learning about how the world works, I have an even greater passion for sharing that enthusiasm with others," Casner said. "I love being able to work one-on-one with students and help them to better understand difficult concepts and ideas."
"Amanda was able to jump right in and become a valuable member of the team," said Physics Teaching Associate Professor Kristine Callan. "In all of her TA duties, she displays a passion for physics, teaching, and learning. She prepares thoroughly for the upcoming material each week, asking insightful questions about the content and pedagogy."
CASE students are among the six Mines students who have been named University Innovation Fellows: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering majors Mallory Britz and Tara Maestas, Engineering Physics major Trevor Clevenger, and Chemical Engineering major Ansya Sergoyan are joined by CECS students Nicholas Yuan and Daniel Dickason.
Melissa Teague, who earned her PhD in Materials Science from Mines in 2013, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Teague is a materials engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. She received her PECASE award from the Department of Energy, for her work at Idaho National Laboratory.
Mines faculty and their partners at University of Northern Colorado have been awarded $1.2 million to provide a pathway for undergraduate Mines students to become teachers for grades 7 through 12, particularly in high-need school districts.
The Mines-UNC STEM Teacher Preparation Program, funded by the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, will provide Mines students with teaching-focused internships in their freshman and sophomore years; scholarships in their junior and senior years, as well as their semester of student-teaching after graduation; and professional development during their first few years as teachers.
The effort is led by Physics Teaching Associate Professor Kristine Callan and co-PI Renee Falconer, teaching professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry.
Physics Assistant Professor Eric Toberer has received an NSF CAREER Award for research that could ultimately yield the next generation of thermoelectric materials.
The project, titled "Control of Charge Carrier Dynamics in Complex Thermoelectric Semiconductors," has been awarded $112,658, and seeks to understand the factors that determine the efficiency of certain materials in converting heat into electricity.
According to the abstract, "the goal is to combine recent advances in structural determination and first principles calculations, in concert with single crystal growth and advanced transport measurements, to yield deep insight into charge transport through the careful integration of these measurements."
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Ryan O'Hayre and Mechanical Engineering's Neal Sullivan will scale up their innovative high-performance ceramic fuel cells into practical-sized electric generators that operate on a variety of fuels.
A celebration of Dr. Stephen Liu's selection as the inaugural American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, with ABS representatives, scholarship recipients, and MME faculty was held at the Starzer Welcome Center.
University Emeritus Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering David Matlock has been named a 2016 Distinguished Member and Fellow of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology. He will receive the honor at AISTech 2016, the 13th annual Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition.
University Emeritus Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering George Krauss has been awarded the 2016 AIST Benjamin F. Fairless Award. The award was established in 1954 in honor of Benjamin F. Fairless, chairman of the board of the U.S. Steel Corporation, for his intense interest in the technology and development of the iron and steel industry. This award is to recognize distinguished achievement in iron and steel production and ferrous metallurgy. Krauss will receive the award at the AISTech conference in Pittsburgh in May.
Brian Trewyn(CH) to present at ISACS21: Challenges in Nanoscience in Beijing, organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Researchers from the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and an industry partner have been recognized for a paper that furthers the use of sheet steel in automotive applications.
Professor John Speer, Assistant Professor Emmanuel De Moor, and graduate student Joonas Kahkonen, who also work in the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, and Grant Thomas of AK Steel, have been chosen to receive the SAE/AISI Sydney H. Melbourne Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Automotive Sheet Steel.
"Carbon and Manganese Effects on Quenching and Partitioning Response of CMnSi-Steels" was published in the May 2015 issue of the SAE International Journal of Materials & Manufacturing.
The award, established in 1997, honors the late Sydney H. Melbourne of Dofasco Inc., and encourages others to strive for the level of excellence he attained within his organization, the steel industry and the automotive marketplace. The paper must be well organized, written in a succinct manner, and possess excellent technical merit. It should also foster long-term benefits to sheet steel industry professionals worldwide.
The authors each receive a silver brushed plaque and split a $3,500 honorarium. The award is presented at the Awards Ceremony during the SAE World Congress. The 2016 World Congress takes place April 12 to 14 in Detroit.
Teaching Professor Judy Schoonmaker presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology, explaining how she and fellow Teaching Professor C. Josh Ramey transformed a lecture-based introductory biology class into an active-learning studio environment that resonates with engineering students.
Schoonmaker said backward course design led to an innovative curriculum "that is based on biology's big ideas, has measurable learning outcomes, and encourages development of higher order thinking skills."
The new classroom accommodates 21 groups of three students, seated around a cantilevered island for maximum interaction. Monitors give students a view of their own computer as well as the instructor podium, and the classroom also meets the traditional needs of a biology lab, with sink, microscopes and more. Group discussions occur at whiteboards as students solve problems, create concept maps, plan experiments and interpret experimental data.
"This creative new learning space supports a constructivist approach to learning, moving conversations past rote repetition of textbook material to evaluation and synthesis of ideas, as well as dialogue about how science generates new information and the interface between biology and engineering," Schoonmaker said.
Initial results show fewer students are withdrawing from or failing the course, and positive feedback from students.
CBE's Andrew Herring and Chemistry and Geochemistry's Brian Trewyn and Svitlana Pylypenko among authors of "Organometallic Complexes Anchored to Conductive Carbon for Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Methane at Low Temperature," published in latest issue of Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Chemistry and Geochemistry assistant professors Brian Trewyn and Jenifer Braley were awarded a $750,000 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that will support their research on post-detonation nuclear forensics efforts. They will develop radiation resistant porous materials for the rapid and robust separation of f-elements for the analysis of post-detonation debris.
"This research could potentially make a significant leap forward in the area of rare earth elemental separations and capitalize on advancements in the field of material science," Trewyn said. "It will further our understanding of the interactions of rare earths with functionalized mesoporous materials."
Faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering are creating a self-sustaining scanning probe microscopy facility with unique capabilities for advanced materials research, thanks to a $245,878 grant from the National Science Foundation.
Professor Colin Wolden and Associate Professor Keith Neeves have already acquired the atomic force microscope, coupled to an optical microscope for simultaneous imaging and nanoscale-level measurement of physical properties. Materials will be studies primarily for renewable energy and life sciences applications.
The paper, "Surface-enabled propulsion and control of colloidal microwheels," co-authored by CBE Department Head David Marr, Associate Professor Keith Neeves, Postdoc Onur Tasci and Associate Professor Paco Herson of the University of Colorado-Denver, demonstrates microscale biomedical devices shaped like wheels can be injected into the body and effectively “roll” to treat areas in need – such as arterial blockages.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Ivar Reimanis is giving a plenary lecture at the Indian Ceramic Society's International Conference on Ceramic & Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment, December 14 to 17 in Bangalore.
The title of his talk is "Metal-Ceramic Nanocomposites for Energy Applications."
After a year’s hiatus, the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program on polymers at Colorado School of Mines has been renewed by the National Science Foundation.
Called Advancing Polymer Materials by Integrating Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, the 10-week program resumes in the summer of 2016 and will be funded through 2018.
Headed by Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry Stephen Boyes and Assistant Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering Ning Wu, the program seeks to engage students in polymer science and engineering, with an emphasis on 21st century needs such as renewable energy, sustainability, and health care.
An alumnus of the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry and his wife have endowed a new scholarship fund for undergraduate chemistry majors in honor of a longtime professor.
The Dr. Dean W. Dickerhoof Scholarship Fund is being established by Drs. Wayne L. and Elizabeth J. Gladfelter. Wayne Gladfelter graduated from Mines with a bachelor of science degree in mineral engineering chemistry in 1975, and went on to earn his PhD in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.
Gladfelter joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1979, and served as College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry head, and associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Science and Engineering.
Gladfelter published his first two papers with Dickerhoof. He said Dickerhoof's extraordinary teaching in a challenging summer course called Inorganic Preparations stimulated his lifelong interest in the field of inorganic chemistry.
Scholarship awards will be available to outstanding undergraduate chemistry and geochemistry students in their junior or senior years, and those engaged in research during the summer.
The Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry is adding two alumni to its Wall of Fame, recognizing them for their contributions to the field and for their application of chemistry to the business world.
David S. Ginley earned a bachelor's degree in mineral engineering chemistry from Mines in 1972, and went on to receive a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a research professor in the Department of Physics at Mines, and a research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Ginley received NREL's H.M. Hubbard Award, given each year to a member of the research staff who has made sustained, clearly defined, high-level research contributions, and who has shown leadership and initiative in furthering NREL's position as the nation's foremost renewable energy laboratory.
He was awarded the Mines Distinguished Achievement Medal in 2010, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions in renewable energy, particularly photovoltaics, batteries, and fuel cells. Ginley has 35 issued or pending patents, and more than 400 publications in technical journals.
Xianghong (Nancy) Zhao earned a PhD in chemistry from Mines in 1996; she also holds a master's in modern chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China and an executive MBA in international business leadership from the University of Texas in Dallas.
Zhao is director of export compliance at Qualcomm Inc., and is a distinguished leader in trade and customs compliance worldwide. She is a senior research fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia.
Zhao is married to fellow alum Xiao Jun (John) Deng, who received a PhD in materials science from Mines in 1994.
The ceremony and a reception takes place 4 p.m. on Friday, December 4, in Coolbaugh Hall 209.
The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Mines is providing $90,000 in seed funding each to five faculty projects that could lead to a winning proposal to the National Science Foundation’s MRSEC program in fall 2016.
The winning proposals came from faculty in all four departments in CASE: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Geochemistry, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Physics.
A space payload designed and tested with the help of Colorado School of Mines faculty and students will be launched to the International Space Station on Dec. 3 on the Orbital ATK OA-4 mission aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Once at the ISS, these water-mist PFEs will protect the equipment and lives of astronauts in case of any fire event for years to come.
The payload consists of the first two (out of a total of nine) water-mist portable fire extinguishers (PFEs), which will replace carbon-dioxide extinguishers currently on the International Space Station. Three additional missions in the spring will launch the remaining PFEs, including two missions with SpaceX and one more with Orbital ATK.
Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources, is a research professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Three faculty members in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering delivered invited talks at the Composites at Lake Louise 2015 conference in Alberta, Canada.
Professor and Department Head Ivar Reimanis presented "Nanostructured metal-ceramic composites by internal reduction."
Professor Corinne Packard presented "Probing micro- and nano-scale elastic modulus variation in organic-rich shale — A naturally occurring composite." She also had a poster presentation titled "Mechanical behavior and properties of REPO4 studied by nanoindentation."
Assistant Professor Geoff Brennecka presented "Chemical heterogeneity in electroceramics: The good, the bad, and the difficult to characterize." He also served as session chair for the session on functional composites.
The conference, held November 8 to 12, was the 10th edition of Composites at Lake Louise. Instead of a single theme, CALL brings together researches in structural, functional, and biological materials. It is also designed to foster interaction between scientists from academic, government, and industry.
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry Kim Williams has been awarded $450,000 by the National Science Foundation to develop thermal field-flow fractionation as a versatile technique for separating and characterizing complex nanoscale materials. As part of this research, insights will be gained into the 160-year-old enigma of why materials move along a temperature gradient in liquids.
Chemical and biochemical engineering students Corey Brugh and Mallory Britz are leading 32 freshmen as part of new themed-learning community (TLC), Engineering Grand Challenges. Modeled after other Grand Challenges Scholars Programs at universities across the country, Brugh came up for the idea this past summer when he was brainstorming a living experience that would encourage students to be more innovative.
Feng Lin has received the annual William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award for X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory that led to new approaches in the design of energy-efficient, color-changing "smart" windows and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
Lin's advisor at MInes was Ryan Richards, professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry and director of the Materials Science program.
Corby Anderson, Harrison-Western Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has been chosen to receive the 2017 EPD Distinguished Lecturer Award by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.
The award recognizes an outstanding scientific leader in the field of nonferrous extraction and processing metallurgy, and the winner is invited to present a comprehensive lecture at the TMS Annual Meeting. The 146th annual meeting takes place February 26 through March 2, 2017, in San Diego, California.
Anderson conducts research as a member of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. In addition to extractive metallurgy, he is an expert in the fields of mineral processing, waste minimization, and recycling. Anderson has an extensive background in industrially oriented research and was responsible for the development and success of the Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing at Montana Tech.
The Extraction and Processing Division (EPD) is focused on the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals from mined ores, concentrates, and recycled materials using various processes. EPD also addresses further processing of nonferrous metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, precious metals, lead, zinc, and tin and their products into finished and semifinished products.
Using computational modeling, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Davis have come up with a design for a better liposome. Their findings, while theoretical, could provide the basis for efficiently constructing new vehicles for nanodrug delivery.
Francesca Stanzione and Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Amadeu K. Sum conducted a fine-grained simulation that looked at how the polymer tethers anchor the liposome's membrane at an atomistic level.
Two Chemical Engineering majors are among the 261 students who have been awarded Tau Beta Pi scholarships for 2015-2016.
Philip Walker, Class of 2016, received a Record Scholarship. Carley Lauer, Class of 2017, was awarded the fifth Schwaller Scholarship.
Tau Beta Pi is the nation's second-oldest honor society, and the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.
Chemistry and Geochemistry Professor Mark Eberhart and Physics Teaching Professor Pat Kohl were among the faculty who presented MINES Talks last Friday, October 2, for Alumni Weekend at Homecoming.
Kohl, who has pioneered cutting-edge teaching methods at Mines such as studio classes, presented "Teaching Physics in the 21st Century: Studio, Flipping, and More."
Eberhart's presentation was titled, "Molecular Engineering: The Forty-Year Journey from Broken Skis to Freshman Chemistry." Eberhart has led the creation of a new freshman course designed particularly for students planning to major in Engineering Physics, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Photos: Material Advantage Chapter at Mines holds annual Mmm-Mmm-E Barbecue to promote Metallurgical and Materials Engineering major.
Two Mines researchers have been awarded NASA grants to work on an "out-of-this-world" extraction technique called optical mining. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Research Professor Christopher Dreyer and Director of the Center for Space Resources Angel Abbud-Madrid are developing novel technologies to obtain valuable resources from asteroids, which can be used as rocket propellants.
Abbud-Madrid is a research professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
CBE Teaching Professor Paul Ogg shares advice for successful beer sampling at the Great American Beer Festival, in 5280 Magazine.
Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering John Persichetti participated in the Share Fair Nation event held on the University of Denver campus September 26.
Professor Persichetti, along with Sandra Spence from the EPA Region 8 Ecosystems Protection Program Water Quality Unit, provided assessment of and feedback to the Adams12 STEM Launch program for their four-hour training program in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), delivered to approximately 40 secondary education STEM teachers at this event.
Their implementation of PBL parallels the instructional approach used by Persichetti in his EPICS II course. This particular training example used the E. coli water quality problem in the Confluence Park area of the South Platte River as an example of integrating multiple physical sciences, social sciences, and engineering concepts to problem solve from a multi-dimensional perspective. The Adams12 teachers were engaged in small teams to assess the problem and propose various solutions, with Persichetti and Spence providing both technical consultation and guidance/evaluation on their team effort and effective communication of their design approach.
Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Geoff Brennecka has been awarded $150,000 over two years to produce prototype capacitors that will allow electronics to operate reliably at high temperatures.
The proof-of-concept grant was awarded by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program. The program seeks to promote growth in the state's "advanced industries," which include aerospace, bioscience, and electronics. OEDIT announced $2.4 million in grants this month.
Professor of Physics Charles Durfee has been published in the journal Nature Photonicd, with an article titled "Non-collinear generation of angularly isolated circularly polarized high harmonics."
The Colorado School of Mines has won the Material Advantage Most Outstanding Chapter Award for the second straight year.
The Material Advantage program provides undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and engineering programs with memberships to four organizations at a lower cost: The American Ceramic Society, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.
The Mines chapter will receive the honor at Materials Science & Technology 15, on October 6 in Columbus, Ohio. The group won the award for the first time for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Chapters are judged on programming, career development, service, social activities, and chapter management.
After a competitive international search, Colorado School of Mines Professor Stephen Liu has been appointed the American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
The nonprofit ABS, which sets standards for the design, construction, and survey of vessels in service, established the endowed faculty chair in March 2014. Liu, a professor in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, served as interim chair until his permanent appointment.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, congratulated Liu on his selection. He said ABS has supported education for more than 80 years, “and we believe in working closely with academia and industry to drive innovation and help develop the technology that is crucial to the future of our industry.”
The College of Applied Science and Engineering welcomes five new faculty this year, including Mark P. Jensen, the Grandey University Chair in Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Jensen, who is also professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry, is focused on the nuclear fuel cycle, ranging from mechanisms of selectivity in chemical separations to biologically based metal separations and the biochemistry and environmental chemistry of the transuranium elements.
Prior to joining Mines, Jensen was a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory for 20 years, studying the chemistry of actinide and lanthanide elements in the Heavy Element Chemistry and Separation Science Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bethel University in Minnesota, and a PhD from Florida State University.
Research by Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor C. Mark Maupin on biodiesel systems is featured on the inside cover of the September 14 issue of the journal ChemPhysChem.
The article is titled "Molecular Simulations of Fatty-Acid Methyl Esters and Representative Biodiesel Mixtures."
Physics Professor Mark Lusk has been invited to deliver a lecture on silicon nanostructures at the Fall Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), which takes place September 15 to 18 at the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland.
Lusk's lecture is titled "Carrier Collection and Transport in Thin Film Silicon with Tailored Nanocrystalline/Amorphous Structure: Computational Design and Experimental Realization." It will focus on a new computational method developed by Lusk and his group for quantifying the way electrons interact with material vibrations.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Andrew Herring has been named the winner of the 2015 ENFL Distinguished Service Award.
Given by the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) of the American Chemical Society, the award recognizes significant and continued impact on the advancement of energy and fuels chemistry through research, teaching, service or a combination of the three over an extended period of time.
Herring has served as organizer of 16 symposia, member of the programming committee, program secretary, and division chair, among numerous other roles.
Ryan Collette, a PhD student in the Nuclear Science and Engineering program at Colorado School of Mines, was one of 18 winners in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies.
Collette's paper, "Automated Characterization of Uranium-Molybdenum Fuel Microstructures," was presented at the American Nuclear Society National Student Conference in April 2015.
The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among students and DOE representatives.
Mines researchers led by faculty in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering have been awarded $1.5 million over four years to design new piezoelectric materials and improve existing ones.
Principal investigator Geoff Brennecka is joined by fellow MME assistant professors Corinne Packard and Vladan Stevanovic; Mechanical Engineering Professor Cristian Ciobanu; Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics Paul Constantine; and Andriy Zakutayev from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Study of cosmic rays wins added funding
Associate Professor Lawrence Wiencke and Professor Frederic Sarazin have been awarded additional funding by the National Science Foundation for support of "Study of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays with the Pierre Auger Observatory." The newest award started Aug. 1, 2015, and ends July 31, 2018.
Computational physics project wins $300K award
Physics Professor Lincoln Carr has been awarded $300K by the National Science Foundation to develop a large-scale open-source code to be run on high-performance computers, for experiments on ultracold molecules.
The code supported by the grant has been downloaded nearly 1,000 times, with more than 50 groups making active use of the code. This code treats strongly correlated entangled quantum dynamics, and the funding will extend methods to treat open quantum systems.
The project is titled "Open-System Quantum Many-Body Entangled Dynamics of Ultracold Molecules," and the code can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/projects/openmps/.
The Office of Naval Research is awarding $542,149 over three years to a Mines effort to produce graduates with both technical knowledge and the ability to work well with others as leaders and followers — skills of particular interest to the U.S. Navy and its industry partners.
Physics Teaching Professor Pat Kohl spearheaded the proposal, titled "Horizontal and vertical integration of 21st century skillsets: Leadership, computation, and open-ended problem solving at an engineering university." Joining Kohl on the team are fellow Physics faculty Vince Kuo, Tim Ohno, and Mark Lusk; Applied Mathematics and Statistics faculty Gus Greivel and Scott Strong; and Leslie Light of EPICS.
Physics Professor and Department Head Jeff Squier recently organized a workshop on laser-based biological microscopy
University Emeritus Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering David Matlock has been selected to receive the 2015 Henry Clifton Sorby Award by the International Metallographic Society.
The award, presented annually, recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of metallurgy -- 25 years or more of dedication to research, teaching, or laboratory sales and service.
Matlock will present a technical lecture at the annual IMS meeting, which takes place August 2 to 6 in Portland, Oregon. He will discuss how microstructural developments have led to the development of new advanced high-strength steels, reviewing his own work as well as work by his colleagues at Colorado School of Mines.
Matlock started teaching at Colorado School of Mines in 1972, and has served as director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center. More than 400 publications, primarily related to microstructures and mechanical properties with an emphasis on steels, bear his name.
Photos: International Conference on Exotic Forms of Silicon, held July 15 to 17 and organized by the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC).
Photos: International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability IV, held July 13 to 20
Former Mines president and Physics department head John Trefny awarded honorary degree by Red Rocks Community College.
Mines hosts the fourth International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability July 13 to 20.
The Department of Energy recently announced funding for algae-based biofuels including up to $9 million for research involving a group at the Colorado School of Mines in collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other academic and industrial partners.
Chester Van Tyne, professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has been recognized for his contributions as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
As a program evaluator, Van Tyne reviews course materials and studen transcripts; interviews faculty, staff, and students; and examines facilities such as laboratories and libraries. ABET experts are leaders in their fields, and participate in regular training to ensure knowledge of accreditation criteria.
"Thanks to the commitment of ABET Experts like Chester, more than 100,000 graduates each year benefit from ABET’s mission of promoting quality and innovation in technical education," said Michael Milligan, executive director and CEO of ABET.
Geoff Brennecka, assistant professor of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, has received the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award from the American Ceramic Society. The award is given to a member under the age of 40 and in the first 10 years of his or her career, "who demonstrates exceptional leadership and service to ACerS."
Brennecka will receive his award at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet on October 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
Andrea Morello has joined the College of Applied Science and Engineering as fiscal officer. Her duties will include direct budgeting and accounting support and oversight of various funds and accounts for the College and individual departments.
She places great emphasis on clear, accessible, and transparent financial leadership, and plans to advocate for CASE and its departments while serving as a liaison to Mines' administration.
Morello has 10 years of professional accounting experience, including six years in public higher education. She comes to Mines from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she was most recently the senior financial manager for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.
Svitlana Pylypenko, assistant professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry, organized the 37th Annual Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis, held at Colorado School of Mines June 2 to 4.
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Vacuum Society and the AVS Applied Surface Science Division, the symposium included presentations and posters surrounding the application of traditional surface analytical techniques, their development, data analysis, and sample preparation.
Mines faculty who gave presentations at the event included Pylypenko, Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Brian Gorman, and Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Colin Wolden.
REMRSEC to host International Conference on Exotic Forms of Silicon, July 15 to 17
Team led by Physics Research Professor Zeev Shayer, MME faculty win $3M from Department of Energy to study storage of spent nuclear fuel
Physics Professor and Department Head Jeff Squier delivered an invited talk at CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015 in Munich, Germany.
Squier's talk was on "Spatial temporal focusing with application to micromachining with femtosecond laser pulses."
The Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference brings together the top optics and photonics researchers and runs from June 21 to 25. Where CLEO/Europe emphasizes applied physics, optical engineering, and applications of photonics and laser technology, EQEC is focused on basic research in laser physics, nonlinear optics, and quantum optics.
Mines hosts annual American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy
Chester Van Tyne, professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of ASM International.
Van Tyne is being honored for his distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering. His citation reads, "For significant contributions to understanding effects of processing and microstructure on the plastic deformation behavior of steels and nickel-based alloys in metal forming manufacturing processes."
The honor will be conferred at the Convocation of Fellows, during the ASM Awards Dinner in October, in Columbus, Ohio. The dinner is the highlight of the Materials Science & Technology '15 convention.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Moises Carreon $375,000 for research into nuclear energy.
Three Mines physicists now hold prestigious editorships at respected physics journals. Professor Reuben Collins is editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Letters, Professor Craig Taylor is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and Emeritus Senior Vice President John Poate is editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Reviews.
Kelly Chipps, who received her PhD in Applied Physics from Mines in 2008, will study the nuclear reactions which power extreme astrophysical phenomena such as novae, supernovae, and x-ray bursts, using the cutting-edge Jet Experiments in Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics (JENSA) gas jet target in conjunction with radioactive ion beams from the ReA3 facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and the latest reaction theory formalism. She currently works at the University of Tennessee.
The Liane B. Russell Fellowship, which honors the groundbreaking geneticist, provides funding over three years along with mentorship to align their research with Department of Energy programs. ORNL receives 80 percent of its $1.65 billion annual budget from the DOE.
ExxonMobil has committed up to $1 million during the span of two years to further research led by Mines Chemistry and Geochemistry Associate Professor Matthew Posewitz that will contribute to the long-term development of the next generation of sustainable algal biofuel technologies.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Corby Anderson has been named a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). This honor is presented to a select few "who have made long-term and notable contributions to the technology and professional activities encompassed by the Society and industry." Anderson will receive the award in a ceremony during SME's 2016 Annual Awards Dinner in Phoenix, Arizona, in February 2016.
Physics major Zachary Mimlits wins grand prize at Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium for paper and presentation titled "Goal Oriented, Risk Mitigating Autonomous Behavior for Extraterrestrial Rovers."
A paper by Physics Professor Mark Lusk and PhD candidate Michael LaCount, the lead author, has been featured on the cover of the April 30 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.
The paper details a way of designing organic materials that can absorb low-energy light, such as infrared light, and combining it together to create a light of higher energy, a process called "energy pooling."
"There is a lot of solar energy that is currently too low to be used by existing solar panels, and right now that light just goes right through the panels," Lusk said. "Materials that we are designing could be used as a kind of back stop to the panels, grabbing the energy that get through, converting it to a useful form, and then sending it back to the solar panels."
A recent paper by Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Associate Professor Brian Gorman, Research Assistant Professor David Diercks, and PhD candidate Rita Kirchhofer has earned a write-up by the Materials Research Society. The paper, published in the Journal of Materials Research, details the ability to measure diffusion on the atomic level, almost in real time, with a combination of devices. The paper was the result of a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Reception held for Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Brajendra Mishra, who is retiring after 25 years of service to Mines. PHOTOS
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry holds end-of-year awards ceremony.
University Emeritus Professor David Olson was honored by students for decades of service and accomplishments after teaching his last classes April 28.
Sean Lundin, a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering, will spend the summer conducting research at the University of Tokyo after being chosen to participate in the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes. Lundin will be working with Professor Shigeo Ted Oyama to develop methods that will make ammonia a more effective material for storing hydrogen.
Engineering Physics major Tessa May Hennigh has been awarded a three-year, $155,000 fellowship by the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs. Hennigh graduates this May and will be working toward an ME and PhD in Nuclear Engineering at Mines.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering held a Senior BBQ April 24, on Alderson Hall lawn.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Michael Kaufman has been named dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering. He had served as interim dean since October 2014.
Faculty in the College of Applied Science and Engineering received plenty of honors during the Faculty Forum held Wednesday, April 22, at the Geology Museum.
Physics Professor Lincoln Carr received the Dean’s Excellence Award, given to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have demonstrated significant achievement in both teaching and scholarship.
The Alumni Teaching Awards also went to CASE faculty: Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Matt Liberatore and Physics Teaching Professor Patrick Kohl.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Ryan O’Hayre received the Junior Research Excellence Award.
Outstanding Faculty Awards were presented to Teaching Professor Charles Vestal, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Assistant Professor Brian Trewyn, Chemistry and Geochemistry; Teaching Associate Professor Gerald Bourne, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; and Teaching Professor Patrick Kohl, Physics.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Corby Anderson was awarded tenure. Renee Falconer and Mark Seger were promoted to teaching professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry. Andrew Herring was promoted to professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Charles Durfee was promoted to professor of Physics.
Thomas Furtak in Physics and Kent Voorhees in Chemistry and Geochemistry were named University Emeritus Professors.
Provost Terry Parker also recognized Chemistry and Geochemistry Professor Daniel Knauss for his service on the Faculty Senate.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Patrick Taylor has been invited to deliver a keynote address at a conference at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Dr. Taylor has also been named to the International Advisory Board of ScanMet V, the fifth International Conference on Process Development in Iron and Steelmaking, which takes place June 12 to 15, 2016, in Sweden.
Thomas Fuerst, a PhD candidate in chemical engineering, has been awarded $155,000 over three years to investigate new ways of separating a harmful byproduct of nuclear reactors. Fuerst, working with professors Douglas Way and Colin Wolden in Chemical and Biological Engineering, received the fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program.
Mines launches the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning, started by Physics Teaching Professor Patrick Kohl and Applied Mathematics and Statistics professor Gus Greivel.
Research by Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Jeffrey King and Economics and Business Associate Professor Ed Balistreri has been awarded one of four mini-grants from the Mines Earth Resources Institute.
Chemical Engineering major Kate Sciamanna takes first place in the research paper competition this past weekend at the 2015 AIChE Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference in Boulder. She goes on to the finals this fall at the national meeting in Salt Lake City.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Teaching Associate Professor John Persichetti was quoted extensively in Boulder Weekly for an article on using pyrolysis to reduce landfill waste.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of ASM International held its annual Charles S. Barrett Night Silver Medal Award Lecture on April 7 in the Green Center at Mines.
About 155 people attended the event to honor Harry Bhadesia, professor of metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, professor of computational metallurgy at the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, and director of the SKF Steel Technology Centre.
Bhadesia's talk was about the first bulk-nanostructured metal, describing how the material was discovered and the science associated with this material, which is incredibly dense and strong, but does not require any new fabrication processes.
Students in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program were also recognized for their recent successes, including their victory at the Materials Bowl and third-place finish in bladesmithing, both at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.
Members of the Mines Materials Advantage chapter also won a $1,000 prize in the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation's "The Real Steel" Marketing Video Challenge. The contest asks students to produce a three-minute video that brands the iron and steel industry as a potential career field.
Mines students Kyle Heser, Charis Dallman, Josh Pelz, and Jonah Duerst were awarded scholarships by the chapter.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Corby Anderson has received the Junichiro Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Precious Metals Institute. The award recognizes important career contributions to the advancement of the precious metals industry, be it technical, economic or management.
Members of the Society of Physics Students brought a STEM museum to middle school students, cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Research by Associate Professor Charles Durfee and Steven Hill in Physics was one of four projects selected to receive funding through the Colorado School of Mines Proof of Concept Program. The funding will help advance the project, "Solid-state Laser Pumping with Advanced High-brightness LED Sources," to the commercial marketplace.
Introduction to Brewing Science course in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department shows students the science behind making beer.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Nanette Boyle's research, "Multiplexed tracking of combinatorial genomic mutations in engineered cell populations," was published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Stephen Liu has been selected for the Halil Kaya Gedik Award. Given annually by the Turkish delegation of the International Institute of Welding, the award is conferred upon a scientist or engineer “who has made outstanding contributions to welding science and technology.” Liu will receive his award in June, during the IIW’s Annual Assembly and International Conference in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to a trophy and certificate, the award also includes a seven-day trip to Istanbul, to visit Gedik University.
Carolyn Koh, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, delivered the plenary talk, “Fundamentals of Gas Hydrates and Their Role in Energy Transportation and Storage,” at the 2015 American Chemical Society Annual Meeting and Exposition, held in Denver.
The Colorado School of Mines has once again won the Materials Bowl, held by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society at its annual meeting and exhibition, held March 15 to 19 in Orlando. The Mines chapter of the Material Advantage Student Program defeated Georgia Institute of Technology in the final.
- Colorado School of Mines Assistant Professor of Physics Eric Toberer has received the Cottrell Scholar Award, which will further his research into improving the conversion of heat into electricity, as well as support his pioneering techniques in teaching undergraduates higher-level physics.
- Physics Professor Reuben Collins, the 2015 Colorado School of Mines Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer, presents “Confessions of a Naive Editor-in-Chief” at 4 p.m., March 25, in the Student Center Ballroom. Collins is editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Physics Letters, published by the American Institute of Physics, in 2014. He will discuss what he’s learned about scientific publishing since becoming editor in 2014.
- The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) is funding sites at five universities — including a joint project between Mines and University of Northern Colorado — to develop their physics teacher education programs into national models. The Mines team includes Vince Kuo and Kristine Callan from the Department of Physics and Steven DeCaluwe from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Winning institutions demonstrated a capacity for large increases in the number of physics teachers graduating from their programs, as well as strong departmental and institutional support for teacher preparation efforts. Funding for the new sites will begin in Fall 2015.
David Matlock, university professor emeritus of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, was named to The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) 2015 Class of Fellows. The award, the highest bestowed by TMS, is given for exceptional and sustained leadership in materials education and research, and for sustaining academic interest in the steel industry.
John Speer, the John Henry Moore Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, was awarded the J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award by ASM International. The citation reads: "For innovative applications of fundamental phase transformation principles in ferrous systems, development of quenching and partitioning process (Q&P) and contributions to phase equilibria education.”
A team of Materials Advantage Chapter members recently won a $1,000 prize in the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation's "The Real Steel" Marketing Video Challenge. The contest asks students to produce a three-minute video that brands the iron and steel industry as a potential career field. Video: "Living in Steel"
- Chemical Engineering student Johnny Briones is taking part in a Chinese game show because of his excellent memory.
- Ning Wu, Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering, receives NSF CAREER Award.
- Mines and NREL awarded $1.5M DOE grant to develop next gen solar PV technologies.
- Physics Professor Lincoln Carr has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). His APS Fellow's citation reads, "For contributions to the theory of ultracold quantum gases, including solitons, vortices, and nonlinear dynamics.” In any given year only 0.5 percent of the total membership of APS can be elected; as APS now has just under 50,000 members, less than 250 can receive this honor in any year. Carr joins a growing list of fellows in the Physics Department: Thomas Furtak, Reuben Collins and Craig Taylor (APS Fellows), Chuck Stone (AAPT Fellow), Chip Durfee, Jeff Squier, and Matt Young (OSA Fellows).
- Mines chapter of Society of Physics Students receives “2014-15 Future Faces of Physics Award.”
- John Dorgan, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, helps found Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.
- The Nuclear Science and Engineering Program and U.S. Geologic Survey completed the first phase of upgrades to the control room at the Geologic Survey TRIGA Reactor to better support classroom activities. The GSTR is a key component of the program's education and research missions. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the project relocated key pieces of equipment, added seating, and installed an electronic white board. The next stage of the poject will add an electronic classroom adjacent to the reactor facility, allowing remote observation of reactor activities. The upgrades will better integrate the reactor into campus classes and research, enhancing the experience for Mines students, as well as students of all levels across Colorado.
- 5280 features Tzahi Cath, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Melissa Krebs, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering; and Keith Neeves, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in its “Big Ideas” feature
- 5280 highlights Paul Ogg, Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Mines alumni partners in “Suds Science”
- CoorsTek, Coors family announce major commitment to Mines to fund research partnership, new academic & research facility
- Congratulations to the 2015 Classified Employee of the Year: Kelly Hummel. She is the Graduate Education Specialist for the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, the Materials Science Program and the Nuclear Engineering Program. She took on extra duties within MME when their office manager retired, and she worked with faculty and graduate students to create the “Women in Materials, Metallurgy, and Nuclear” organization, or “WIMMN,” to provide additional support to women in those Hill Hall-based programs. Her nominators stated that she is “delightful to work with, extremely conscientious, displays sound judgment, goes way beyond the call of duty, and is truly an outstanding Mines employee.”
- Metallurgical Engineering Professor Brajendra Mishra presented an invited talk on Critical Materials Recycling & Recovery at the recently concluded World Resource Forum 2014 in Arequipa, Peru. The forum was attended by more than 1,000 policymakers, scientists, industry leaders, academicians and technology developers in the area of resources for humanity. Mishra's presentation was adjudged the best “Scientific Presentation on the Conference theme on ‘Recycling Industries and Cities.’”
- Ivan Cornejo, Research Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and his research team featured on PBS NewsHour.
- The Mines Faculty Senate selected two distinguished lecturers for the upcoming academic year: David Marr, Chemical and Biological Engineering (fall 2014) and Reuben Collins, Physics (spring 2015).
- Two Mines faculty were recognized during the AISTech 2014 President’s Award Breakfast on May 6. David Matlock was chosen as the AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecturer and presented “Perspectives on Industry/University Partnerships to Support Innovations in the Steel Industry,” and John Speer was awarded the AIST Tadeusz Sndzimir Memorial Medal for his efforts to advance steelmaking through the invention, development or application of new manufacturing processes or equipment.
- The American Iron and Steel Institute Finalist Medal was awarded to Emmanuel De Moore, Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and John Speer (along with G. A. Thomas of AK Steel) for the technical paper, "Tensile Properties Obtained by Q&P Processing of Mn-Ni Steels With Room Temperature Quench Temperatures." The paper highlighted the collaborative research conducted by AK Steel and Colorado School of Mines in regard to the development of third generation advanced high-strength steels. These products, which feature enhanced formability, are expected to help automakers further decrease vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency without sacrificing occupant safety.
- DOE’s Office of Science selects Jenifer Braley, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry, for Early Career Research Program funding.
- Doug Way, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was awarded the 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gas Technology. The award recognizes an individual's sustained excellence in contributing to the advancement of technology in the production, distribution and application of industrial gases.
- Kent Voorhees and Ryan Richards were named to the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2014 class of ACS Fellows, which includes 99 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. The ACS Fellows Program was created in 2008 “to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession and the Society.”
- George S. Ansell Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering PhD student Lee Rothleutner was selected as a non-voting Student Board Member of the Heat Treating Society’s board of directors.
- Chuck Stone, Teaching Professor of Physics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers and is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to AAPT’s mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
- Moises Carreon, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is among 83 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 20th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September. The participants (from industry, academia, and government) were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from almost 300 applicants. The symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: next-generation robotics, frontiers in materials for batteries, shale gas and oil, and technologies for the heart.
- Research by Ivan Cornejo, Subra Ramalingam, Jason Fish, and Ivar Reimanis regarding turning food waste into glass, was featured on the cover of the American Ceramics Society Bulletin.
- DPS and Mines complete STEM pipeline
- O’Hayre, Sullivan, Braun, Tong, and Ricote design new, efficient fuel cell
- Physics teaching assistant, alumnus connect through acroyoga
- Matt Liberatore (CBE) was awarded the AiChE Education Division’s 2014 Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education. He was recognized for “developing innovative pedagogical methods including web-based tools such as YouTube Fridays and personalized online homework that resonate with this generation’s students.” The award recognizes an individual who has implemented a pedagogical innovation into a class or course that has made a significant and documented positive impact on teaching effectiveness and has enhanced student learning.
- Mines and the Critical Materials Institute had a significant presence at the recent Critical Minerals 2014 conference held in Denver, hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Rod Eggert (EB) chaired the conference, and professors Corby Anderson and Brajendra Mishra (MT) made presentations, as did EB graduate students Mike Redlinger and Brett Jordan.
- Colin Wolden (CBE) is among the 14 scientists and engineers named as Fellows of the American Vacuum Society in 2014. Fellows are recognized for sustained and outstanding technical contributions in areas of interest to AVS, a professional society focused on the science and technology of materials, interfaces and processing. He was cited for “contributions to the fundamental understanding of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of metal oxide films used in electronics, electrochromic and photovoltaic devices."
- InnovatioNews covered the Mines/UNC STEM teacher training partnership
- Student experience in Fuel Cell Center.
- Applied Physics Letters names Reuben Collins as new editor-in-chief
- Brajendra Mishra has been selected by the 2013 president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, Dale Heinz, and approved by the AIME Board, to be the 2015 Presidential Citation recipient. The award was established to recognize extraordinary and dedicated service in furtherance of the goals, purposes and traditions of AIME. The following citation will be inscribed on his plaque: “For being the champion of cross-disciplinary efforts in the areas of sustainability and carbon management and his work in establishing the AIME Collaborative Grants Program that provide tangible and ongoing financial assistance to the Member Societies of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers.” The last person to receive the award from Mines was President George Ansell in 1998.
- President’s Distinguished Lecture on Sept. 25 features John Coors.
- Assistant Professor Geoff Brennecka (MME), is one of three directors to be installed among newly elected officers and board leadership of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the leading professional organization for ceramics and glass professionals.
- Assistant Professor Corinne Packard (MME) was featured in the October/November 2014 issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin (see page 35).
- Doctoral candidate Vivek Bharadwaj, working under professors Tony Dean and Mark Maupin (CBE), was awarded the NVIDIA Best GPU poster award at the 248th National ACS meeting in San Fransisco. He presented his research on “Unraveling the fumarate addition reaction in the glycyl radical enzyme Benzylsuccinate Synthase.”
- Chuck Stone has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers and is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to AAPT’s mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
- NSF grant funds Mines bio-hybrid materials research for solar energy capture, conversion and storage
- Ivar Reimanis, Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering, has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). More than 9,500 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing and sales professionals from more than 70 countries make up the members of ACerS.
- Douglas Way, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, received the Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Rachel Morrish, teaching associate professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, received a Fulbright grant to teach at the University of Trento in Italy.
- Moises Carreon, associate professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, and Gavin Hayes, adjunct assistant professor in the Geophysics Department and U.S. Geological Survey research seismologist, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on early career science and engineering professionals. The two were among a group honored by President Obama for their outstanding achievements during a ceremony held at the White House on April 14.
- Mines researchers receive funding through Advanced Industries Accelerator Program [Read More]
- Brian Gorman, associate professor in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has been selected to receive the Microanalysis Society’s Heinrich Award at the 2014 Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting in Hartford, Conn., later this year. The K.F.J Heinrich Award is presented annually to an outstanding young scientist not yet 40 years old in the year of the award for distinguished contributions to the field of microanalysis. Gorman was selected because of his work on the interface between atom probe tomography and electron microscopy and microanalysis, in addition to contributions to the understanding of materials structure, chemistry and properties.
- Mines, UNC STEM program highlighted in Northern Colorado Business Report [Read More]
- Student spending summer on Exploration Vessel Nautilus [Read More]
- Hennebach Program features Chinese translator Howard Goldblatt [Read More]
- Physics Professor Jeff Squier has been awarded the 2014 SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award. The award is presented annually by the International Society for Optics and Photonics for outstanding contributions to optical or photonic techniques in the application and understanding of high speed physical phenomena.
- Corinne Packard receives NSF CAREER Award [Read more]
- Mines studying highest energy particles known to exist [Read more]
- Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Matt Liberatore, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head John McCray and McCray’s former graduate student Jeffrey Silva (who earned a PhD in environmental engineering in 2011) have been awarded the 2014 Rudolf Hering Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, for their paper “Characterization of bulk fluid and transport properties for simulating polymer-improved aquifer remediation,” published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering in February 2013.
- Mines research could prevent clotting in stroke patients [Read more]
- David Matlock recently participated in a metallurgy conference in Raigarh, India. More than 10 newspapers in India published the news including a picture of Matlock participating in the candle lighting ceremony to inaugurate the opening of the conference.
- Former post-doctoral student Michael Wall (who worked with Physics Professor Lincoln Carr) was awarded the 2014 Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics for “work on quantum dynamics of many-body systems including long-range interactions, in particular, the development of the molecular Hubbard Hamiltonian, study of fermion pairing and formation of weakly bound molecules in an optical lattice, and implementations of numerical algorithms for matrix product states."
- Corinne Packard, assistant professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, has received the 2014 TMS SMD Young Leader Professional Development Award. The award was created to enhance the professional development of young people from TMS’ five technical divisions by providing networking opportunities
- The Colorado School of Mines Chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been selected as an “Outstanding SPS Chapter” for the 2012-13 academic year. Less than 10 percent of SPS chapters receive this honor.
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- Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Ron Miller has been awarded the AIChE Education Division's Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Research. The award “recognizes outstanding research in education, with a focus on chemical engineering pedagogy, encompassing methods, applications, and assessment.” The citation reads: “For pioneering work in outcomes assessment, measuring and repairing robust student misconceptions in thermal and transport science, and helping others become scholarly engineering teachers.”
- Nature Materials has published a paper co-authored by Chemistry and Geochemistry Associate Professor Alan Sellinger, "Efficient charge generation by relaxed charge-transfer states at organic interfaces."
- Professors Ning Wu and Keith Neeves from Chemical and Biological Engineering and Professor Xiaolong Yin from Petroleum Engineering were awarded a grant from the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program to use physical and computer models to predict how radionuclides that escape from nuclear waste sites travel through the environment.
- Professor Keith Neeves and Department Head David Marr from the Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering received National Institutes of Health funding to develop microbots to ablate blood clots in patients with acute ischemic stroke.
- Chemistry & Geochemistry Assistant Professor Jenifer Braley was selected to receive the Nuclear Forensics Junior Faculty Award by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.
- Chip Durfee, associate professor in the Department of Physics, has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America. OSA Fellows are selected based on their overall impact on optics, as gauged through factors such as specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, technical leadership in the field, and service to OSA and the global optics community. This process is highly competitive, as the number of OSA Members recommended for election to Fellow each year is limited to less than 0.5 percent of the total OSA Membership.
- Physics Professor Jeff Squier served as an Abbe Scholar Professor at the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena, Germany, during summer 2013.
- Chemistry and Geochemistry Professor Bettina Voelker published “Widespread production of extracellular superoxide by heterotrophic bacteria” in the May 2 edition of Science magazine. Her research was also featured on the NSF website.
- Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering students swept the podium at the graduate student poster competition at the Rocky Mountain AVS Symposium. The following students captured prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively: 1st: Sanket Kelkar, "Modeling and Fabrication of Asymmetric Nanopores,” 2nd: Christopher Sentman, "Self-limiting Deposition of Pyrite Solar Absorbers,” 3rd: Daniel Meysing, ">14% Efficient CdTe Solar Cells Fabricated with Sputtered CdS:O."
- Chet Van Tyne received a token of appreciation from the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation Board for 25 years of outstanding service as the FIERF Professor. Mines has been working with FIERF since 1979.
- 2012-2013 Faculty Awards and Promotions
Dean's Excellence Award - Colin Wolden, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Senior Research Excellence Award - Reuben Collins, Department of Physics
CSM Alumni Teaching Award - Dan Knauss, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award - Kent Vorhees, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
- Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award
Gerald Bourne - Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Carolyn Koh - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Pat Kohl - Department of Physics
Matthew Posewitz - Department of Chemistry
- Tenure and Promotion
Matt Posewitz, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Amadeu Sum, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Lincoln Carr, Professor, Department of Physics
James Ranville, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Ryan Richards, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Kim Williams, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry