The College of Applied Science and Engineering
Interim Dean Michael Kaufman
The College of Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) was formed in 2012 and merged together a rather unique collection of science and engineering departments and interdisciplinary programs with similar emphases on excellent education and training for our students as well as state-of-the-art research that addresses the challenges that face our world. Our evolving vision can be summarized as follows:
CASE Vision:To capitalize on our cross-disciplinary strengths in science and engineering as we develop future leaders capable of addressing significant scientific and technological issues that challenge our world.
To achieve this vision, we currently have close to 90 truly outstanding and dedicated faculty members who are engaged in teaching and research and who are leaders in their respective disciplines. The research being conducted in CASE is extensive and accounts for almost half of the total research at Mines and over 40% of the doctoral students on campus. Given the extent of these research efforts, it is common for many of our undergraduate students to have research experiences in the laboratories as they assist faculty and graduate students. Our research is funded by combination of industries and both state and federal agencies and our students are heavily sought after upon finishing their degrees. In fact, our ability to place students has led to very high rankings nationally and internationally where, over time, we are considered one of the best investments students can make in their futures.
The four academic units and two interdisciplinary graduate programs that comprise CASE are:
Through these departments and programs, CASE is proud to offer rigorous and highly regarded educational programs that emphasize problem solving and critical thinking as faculty, staff and students address professional and societal needs. Thus, I encourage you to consider joining the over 1300 current CASE students and to pursue a world class education where you will be able to develop the skills you will need to become leaders who are positioned to address the future societal challenges that we will undoubtedly face. I assure you that the CASE faculty will challenge you to become more than you can comprehend at this time and I encourage you to embrace this challenge.
Colorado School of Mines enjoys an exceptional international reputation. Among the university’s greatest assets are the students and faculty we attract, our connectedness, and our focus on earth, energy, and the environment. In 2011 the university launched a college structure to build on these assets through a stronger network of cross-departmental collaboration in research, service and partnership activities. Our college structure aligns institutional resources and provide opportunities for strategic internal investments, particularly in our focus areas.
The College of Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) comprises four academic departments and two interdisciplinary programs:
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Department of Physics
Through these departments and programs CASE is proud to offer rigorous and highly-regarded educational programs, featuring an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking, that address professional and societal needs. CASE departments and programs are also leaders in the creation of knowledge, recognizing the critical role research plays both in building a dynamic and rigorous intellectual learning community and in the advancement of humankind. The college structure facilitates collaboration among our departments, allowing our faculty and students to tackle the most challenging problems, with a particular emphasis on analysis of relevant systems at the molecular level.
The students and faculty in CASE are working collaboratively toward a shared vision of academic excellence. I am honored to serve as their Dean and invite you to learn more about each department’s extraordinary capabilities and accomplishments by visiting their websites.
Interim Dean & Professor, College of Applied Science and Engineering