Greetings from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Mines ME continues to be the largest department on campus, with over 1,400 undergraduate majors, over 160 graduate students, and 40 tenure/tenure track and teaching faculty. The department continues to experience rapid growth in terms of student enrollment, faculty size, and research volume.
Mines ME bachelor degree graduates are highly sought-after by industry. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Mines ME graduated 332 BSME students who have earned starting salaries averaging over $66K/year. In that same timeframe, 72 MS, and 9 PhD students graduated. Mines ME’s biggest employers are in the aerospace and consulting industries with over 140 different companies, national laboratories, and universities hiring our student graduates. Additionally, 85% or our Mines ME students participate in at least one internship while working on their BSME degree. These are outstanding employment metrics for Mines ME students!
Mines ME continues to grow its oustanding cadre of faculty. We are excited to welcome Associate Professor Lesley Lamberson with expertise in the dynamic behavior of materials. We are also excited to welcome Teaching Assistant Professors James Wong and Kelly Rickey. (See new faculty bios on page 5.) Additionally, we had three of our faculty promoted and awarded tenure this year — congratulations to Associate Professors Garritt Tucker, Steven DeCaluwe, and Xiaoli Zhang!
If you have not watched Adam Savage’s new television series, Savage Builds, you’ll want to view the episode where the Mines team, led by Professor of Practice Craig Brice, built a 3D Iron Man suit for Adam Savage using additive manufacturing technologies. Other ME faculty receiving accolades include Dr. Thomas’ Benjamin F. Fairless award from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers, and Dr. Osborne’s appointment as a Distinguished Guest for a speaking tour in Scotland.
Mines ME students continue to earn accolades in a number of ways. A team led by PhD student Matt Zappula earned second place in The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society bladesmithing competion. Two Mines ME graduate students won awards from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Society of Biomechanics, and a team of our students earned honors at a hardware-based hackathon with their device for a brain-controlled wheelchair. Finally, PhD student Peter Weddle was honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award for his work on improving diversity, inclusion, and access on the Mines campus.
Research continues to grow at Mines ME, with over $6 million in expenditures for calendar year 2018. Mines ME’s research growth is being advanced by a number of centers that call ME home: The ADAPT Center (Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies), the Continuous Casting Consortium, and the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. Two highlights detailed later in this newsletter include Dr. Braun’s new award from the Department of Energy to study distributed energy and concentrated solar power, and Dr. Petruska’s new $620K award from the Alpha Foundation.
If you are ever in the Golden, Colorado, area and want to visit ME’s rapidly-growing department, please stop by. I’ve seen incredible changes in ME since joining the faculty in 1994, and if it’s been a few years since you’ve visited campus I think you’ll be amazed as well!
The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Mechanical Engineering department uses ANSYS products in teaching and research. Prof. Robert J. Kee has a strategic partnership, with applications generally involving Fluent and chemically reacting flow. One important aspect of the chemically reacting flow research includes the Chemkin software. Chemkin, which is now an ANSYS product, was initially developed by Prof. Kee and colleagues beginning in the late 1970s. Prof. Brian Thomas also has a strategic partnership with ANSYS, mostly using Fluent. Prof. Thomas’ research is concerned primarily with metals processing, such as continuous casting processes. Prof. Gregory Bogin uses ANSYS/Fluent in advanced courses on fluid mechanics, including computational fluid dynamics. The partnerships between ANSYS and CSM are mutually beneficial.
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- ADAPT celebrates opening of new research facilities
The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) celebrated the grand opening of its new laboratory facilities at Colorado School of Mines this week. Members of the indus …
- Schweikert moderates panel at U.S. STRATCOM symposium
Amy Schweikert, research assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was invited to moderate a panel at the 2019 U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium. About 700 p …
- Thermo in Paris part of growing study abroad options at Mines
Eleven students and one faculty member spent five weeks in Paris this summer for an introductory course on engineering thermodynamics, part of efforts by the Office of International Programs to expand …
- "Savage Builds" to kick off with Mines… and an Iron Man suit
On Friday, June 14, Adam Savage – of MythBusters fame – will premiere his new show, "Savage Builds," on the Discovery Channel. The well-known TV personality, author, self-proclaimed obsessiv …
- Mines students show materials knowledge, bladesmithing skills
Colorado School of Mines continued its traditional strong showing at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, winning the Materials Bowl and taking second place in the Bladesm …
- ADAPT receives DoD funds for cooperative industry research
The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) at Colorado School of Mines is collaborating with three industry partners on new research into advanced manufacturing for …
- Brain-controlled wheelchair wins award at hackathon
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHtGypQ27uk] A team of Colorado School of Mines students earned honors at a hardware-based hackathon for their project to create a device that allows those par …