[eb-grad-students] CERSE News - January/February 2017

Agata Bogucka abogucka at mines.edu
Tue Feb 28 16:53:18 MST 2017

The latest news from CERSE at Mines.
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Mines and Virginia Tech to create minerals industry consortium

Minerals and metals are at the foundation of modern technology-based societies. Each year, the average American uses about 25 tons of earth materials. Exploration for new resources is at the front end of the mining life cycle, with mining companies spending billions of dollars per year exploring for new metal and mineral resources yet often coming up empty.

[An open-pit mining operation at the Veladero Mine in Argentina.]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=d67c2f3394&e=90f7d1af73>
An open-pit mining operation at the Veladero Mine in Argentina.

Now, Colorado School of Mines is teaming with Virginia Tech, bringing together over 250 years of experience in earth resource research, to develop an integrated approach to locating, characterizing and visualizing mineral resources. Their goal is to boost exploration success rates and advance mining operations while cutting costs and minimizing both financial risk and environmental impact.

The researchers have proposed a national cross-disciplinary Center for Advanced Subsurface Earth Resource Models, an industry-funded consortium that would provide exploration and mining companies worldwide with new 3-D subsurface geological models. The models would inform decision-making and risk management at all stages of the mining life cycle, from exploration to operations and including mine closure and environmental reclamation.

The center has received early support from the National Science Foundation through a $15,000 planning grant to each institution. These planning grants will enable the Mines-Virginia Tech team and representatives from the exploration and mining industry to define a joint industry and university research agenda, consolidate support and develop a business plan under NSF’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=2137c629ad&e=90f7d1af73>. Launched in 1973, the I/UCRC program supports research and workforce development in various industry sectors by establishing and fostering cooperative, long-term innovative university-industry-NSF partnerships.

Read the full story<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=0c47bde963&e=90f7d1af73> on Mines Newsroom.

Geology and Geological Engineering Department wins #idigmines $25K bonus

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/af2be162-b80a-4369-82ce-a7c93511a40a.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=6f91715999&e=90f7d1af73>With over 600 donors totaling over $54,000 in donations, the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering was the winner of the 2017 #idigmines $25,000 bonus.

#idigmines Giving Day was held on February 9th, where departments across campus competed to earn $25K to support their department—the department that engaged the most donors won the bonus.

The event was sponsored by the Colorado School of Mines Foundation.

The department plans to spend the bonus to enhance student field experiences to fulfill the department's mission of training students to be expert stewards of earth’s most precious resources.

Learn more about #idigmines at giving.mines.edu<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=66d9a3d5ac&e=90f7d1af73>, and watch a thank-you video here.<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=5fa9e2fff3&e=90f7d1af73>

Mines hosts international mine rescue competition, takes 1st in tech competition

Six teams from three countries gathered at Colorado School of Mines and its Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs on February 17 and 18 for an international mine rescue competition, with the host university coming out on top in the technician category.

The Mines Team gets ready to enter the Edgar Experimental Mine for the field competition. From left to right: Noah Johnson, Marie Hetherington, Stephen Simmons, Quan Nguyen, Jared Mullins, Alejandro Martinez.
Photo Credit: Colorado School of Mines Mine Rescue Team

 Taking part in the Mine Emergency Response Development (MERD) competition were teams from Colorado School of Mines, Montana Tech, South Dakota School of Mines, The University of British Columbia, Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada, and The University of Freiburg, in Germany.

Teams were tested in three different categories: first aid/medical, technician and field. Laurentian University was the overall winner, coming in first in both the first aid/medical and field categories, but Mines took first in the technician category.

Read the full story<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=cae783b47a&e=90f7d1af73> on Mines<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=21ff0fb3d4&e=90f7d1af73>Newsroom.

Video - Reflections on Nepal: Hike for Help 2017


This winter break, 16 Mines students—many of them part of the McBride Honors Program—spent their three-week vacation volunteering in Khumbu Valley, Nepal, constructing a public restroom facility for the local community and aiding in repairing the local high school that was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.

This is part of an ongoing partnership with Hike for Help<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=1e7633b221&e=90f7d1af73>, an organization that connects Mines students with communities in Nepal to work on projects that will have a high impact on the Nepali community.

Check out this video<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=47e91b356d&e=90f7d1af73> to hear what students and faculty leaders of the trip had to say.

Dean's Message

On February 9, 2017, Mines conducted an experiment that was a resounding success!  I, being technologically challenged, initially doubted that a 24-hour marathon crowdfunding activity would produce results.  Mines alumni, faculty, students, parents and friends donated ~$200,000 to support activities, departments, student groups etc.  I could go on for pages about the excitement around #idigmines, but to get a real feel for this please watch these videos<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=ca85b399c0&e=90f7d1af73>.

Of the 23 potential giving opportunities, three department in CERSE made the top ten donor list – Mining Engineering #9, Petroleum Engineering #6 and Geology and Geological Engineering #1.  Additionall,y GE received a $25,000 bonus for being the top fundraiser with the largest number of donors. Congratulations!  For more detail, check out the Foundation website<http://mines.us11.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=220f46c43f&e=90f7d1af73>.

Next year, we hope to have all six CERSE departments/divisions in the top 10.  Now that I am a believer, I can’t wait for next year’s event.  Hope you all have a chance to participate too!


Dr. Ramona M. Graves
Dean, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering

Recent Events

Mines hosts NSF-funded workshop on underground resources, society

A three-day NSF-sponsored workshop brought to Mines 20 of the world’s top scholars focused on the societal aspects of mining and other extractive processes.

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/_compresseds/d12fe783-545c-4e5e-8996-8b4c80d2362f.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=1ad841d6ec&e=90f7d1af73>“STS Underground: Investigating the Technoscientific Worlds of Mining and Subterranean Extraction”<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=6ba5c945d1&e=90f7d1af73> took place February 5 to 7, 2017. The workshop encouraged a research approach that is often referred to as Science and Technology Studies, or Science, Technology, and Society (STS).

The conference is the first one in STS to focus specifically on extractive activities.

Workshop participants who are interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences scholars will have the opportunity to engage with scientists and engineers who work in those fields. Organizers say STS is well positioned to make an impact in extractive industries such as mining, opening up crucial questions about the technologies, practices and forms of knowledge related to subterranean extractive practices.

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/_compresseds/2cd5d3a0-3329-4c41-9888-bf879cad21fe.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=8caa4f1a0f&e=90f7d1af73>While the majority of the three-day even was closed to the public in order to workshop papers in a forthcoming book, there were two public events<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=65c22006d9&e=90f7d1af73> on February 6: a panel discussion with invited guest scholars, and a keynote address from renowned historian Gabrielle Hecht, an internationally recognized expert on nuclear energy policy and uranium mining.

The events were supplemented by a networking reception, where posters showcasing Mines students’ research engaging with the social responsibility dimensions of mining, oil and gas, groundwater and geothermal projects were on display.

Read the full story<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=a86b95fe25&e=90f7d1af73> on Mines Newsroom.

Geology department honors Professor Emeritus Dr. John Warme

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering recently hosted WarmeFest, a two-day celebration in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. John Warme, bringing together over 100 alumni, colleagues and friends from across the world to celebrate his 50-year career.
[Professor Emertius John Warme reminisces on past expeditions during his keynote speech.]<http://mines.us11.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=26112fa96f&e=90f7d1af73>

Professor Emertius John Warme reminisces on
past expeditions during his keynote speech.

The Friday program included a welcome from Mines President Paul Johnson, as well as both technical talks and personal stories reflecting on research, field and classroom experiences with Warme.

Warme stated that he felt "deeply grateful to realize many things through this event" of which he was not fully aware. "It was a chance for me to review my career for myself as well as outline it for others, and realize that my academic history touched so many people who expressed their feelings,” he said.
A similar event honoring Dr. Robert J. Weimer’s 54 years of contribution to the Geology and Geological Engineering Department, WeimerFest, was held in 2004. In October 2011, the Mines Geology Trail was dedicated to Weimer. Similarly to WeimerFest, attendance registration fees for WarmeFest will be used to enrich the department, particularly students’ field activities.

Read the full story<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=0b76f0da08&e=90f7d1af73> on Mines Newsroom.

Mitcham delivers Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecture

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/_compresseds/5bc9c2b0-de52-4b59-9265-6c1736aeeac4.jpg]On January 25, the 2017 Colorado School of Mines Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer, Humanities, Arts, and Sociel Sciences Professor Carl Mitcham, presented “Engineering Ethics: Thinking Small and Big” in the Student Center Ballrooms.

Mitcham’s talk focused on the history of engineering ethics, and how an increasingly changing, engineered world affects the work of engineers in modern society, also discussing what this means for “everyone who directly or indirectly contributes to and is influenced by the engineering way of being in the world”.

In addition to his appointment at Mines, Mitcham also holds an appointment as an International Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Technology at Renmin University of China. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Colorado, and his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University.

For a full bio and abstract, see the faculty senate website<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=b2d8d74347&e=90f7d1af73>.

Faculty News

        [https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/9d696ef4-36cb-4817-af3a-0b72596f5390.jpeg] <http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=f7eab6d4cd&e=90f7d1af73>
Tina Gianquitto,  an associate professor in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division (formerly Liberal Arts and International Studies) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=0ef14bbb25&e=90f7d1af73> grant and is spending this spring in Naples, Italy.

There, Gianquitto is working with the American literature faculty at la Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale, teaching a graduate-level course on American literature and the environment, in addition to a PhD seminar.

More here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=4dafb31a25&e=90f7d1af73>.

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/9d87255e-42b6-48f0-8182-a01aca925fdb.jpeg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=068ec04d70&e=90f7d1af73>Will Fleckenstein, adjunct professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, has been selected as the Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=7b60666a5d&e=90f7d1af73> for the 2017-2018 season.

Fleckenstein’s talk is titled “Shale Development – Does Cheap Energy Really Mean Flaming Tap Water?”. The lecture will examine the risk of contamination of aquifers through well-bores, primarily based on a comprehensive three-year study funded by the National Science Foundation. Shale development in the US has been ongoing for at least the last decade, and many lessons can be learned from the US experience to help prevent air emissions and aquifer contamination in future developments around the world.

More here<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=e8affa6b90&e=90f7d1af73>.

[Hugh-Miller]<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=30ac1d865d&e=90f7d1af73>Hugh Miller, Associate Professor of Mining Engineering, was honored with two awards at Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)<http://mines.us11.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=0e4e6922ea&e=90f7d1af73> 2017 Annual Conference & Expo Awards Dinner, held in Denver, Colorado on February 22, 2017.

Miller is the 2017 recipient the SME Mineral Industry Education Award<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=8de0b38409&e=90f7d1af73>, and was also granted an Honorary Membership<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=79cdaf27d7&e=90f7d1af73> by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the organization.

Student News

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/f7ee02b3-b07c-4027-95d1-a302c2b57c8c.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=b60cc98cbf&e=90f7d1af73>Petroleum engineering senior Manju Murugesu and master’s student Jessica Iriarte both finished in first place in the Society of Petroleum Engineers Rocky Mountain North America Regional Paper Contest, held in conjunction with the SPE North America Student Symposium on Feb. 1-4 in Denver.

Students from universities across the region competed in three categories: undergraduate, master’s and PhD.

More here<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=76b8181e93&e=90f7d1af73>.

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/c3be63a2-3bb5-40be-b201-07a938003520.jpeg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=322a0315c4&e=90f7d1af73>Five Mines graduate students placed third, winning $500, at the Columbia University Energy Symposium<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=43fb3bfc63&e=90f7d1af73> case competition in New York City on Feb. 2.

Martin Kohn, Dov Quint, August Steinbeck, Muhammad Abdullah Khawar and Phillip Ruban study Mineral and Energy Economics<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=e547928730&e=90f7d1af73> in the Division of Economics and Business at Colorado School of Mines.

This competition allowed teams to present creative and innovative solutions for critical challenges facing the energy and environment sectors. Students also had the opportunity to interact with professionals, professors and students in the energy sector.

More here<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=20c98ff9bb&e=90f7d1af73>.

Alumni News

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/fe22208c-1636-42c6-9187-59015a33c025.png]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=23f6177be3&e=90f7d1af73>Recent alum Angela Dang was profiled by "The Surge", a media site focused on all things oil and gas.

Dang graduated from Mines with her master's degree in petroleum engineering in 2016, having played a very active role in organizations such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers during her time here. Now, she works as a field operations engineer for Encana Corporation in the Texas Permian Basin.

In this profile, Dang talks about what got her interested in the industry and shares her plans for the future.

Read more<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=3897f38fc8&e=90f7d1af73> on Mines Newsroom.

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/ea76b7dc-5294-4a7a-83a7-e8e1dc581b07.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=b096a15c9a&e=90f7d1af73>Shayma Amin, petroleum engineering '00, is working to bolster Kuwait's oil production and reserves on an international scale, fulfilling a dream she had as a child of working in the petroleum industry.

Amin completed her coursework at Mines in three and a half years, taking 23 credits each semester, despite being told that it was impossible. She even took extra classes during the summer at University of Colorado and DU in order to graduate on schedule.

Upon graduating, Amin worked for Schlumberger Geoquest for about a year, but it wasn’t the career path she really had in mind. She found a job with Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company and has worked there ever since, now serving as a senior international business analyst.

Read the full profile<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=6bb581e0a9&e=90f7d1af73> on Mines Newsroom.

Other News

Dugan gives insight<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=61d9a0da10&e=90f7d1af73> into freshwater supply beneath ocean floor
Mines and Golden Library encourage girls in STEM<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=6cced3d7e3&e=90f7d1af73>
  *   Mines holds Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=c5ceccf1eb&e=90f7d1af73>
Davis doubtful<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=905691021e&e=90f7d1af73> Wyoming will become hub for non-extractive industries
Annual conference<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=b4b8b3a645&e=90f7d1af73> shows girls a path into STEM fields
  *   Mines focuses on diversity and inclusion<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=9d5dbcf5cb&e=90f7d1af73>


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