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!
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- "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 …
- ADAPT consortium welcomes new member Lithoz
The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), an industry-academia consortium at Colorado School of Mines that advances data informatics and advanced characterization t …
- 3D experiments shed new light on shape memory alloys
Shape memory alloys are well known for their remarkable properties —superelasticity, shape memory and actuation allow them to be crumpled up and then spring back to a "remembered" original s …
- Mines students honored for commitment to diversity
Two Mines students were recognized this week for their outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus. Leah Reeder, a junior majoring in applied mathematics and statistics, and Peter …