Greetings from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. ME@Mines is the largest department on campus, with over 1,300 undergraduate majors and over 160 graduate students. The department is experiencing a period of rapid growth, and many exciting things have happened over the last year in terms of teaching, research and service.
Mines is recognized for its excellence in education and research. Of particular note is that Popular Mechanics recently choose Mines as its top science and technology college in the Rocky Mountain region. Labeled “The Most Eccentric Engineering School in the West,” Mines was one of seven universities across the United States and Canada to be highlighted by the magazine. Mines was also recently ranked second in the nation by The Wall Street Journal for schools that do the best in combining scholarly research with classroom instruction.
Mines bachelor of science graduates in mechanical engineering continue to be highly sought-after by industry. For the academic year 2016-2017, ME@Mines graduated 241 BSME students who have earned starting salaries averaging over $61K/year. In that same time frame, 37 MS and 8 PhD students graduated as well. ME@Mines’ biggest employers are in the aerospace and consulting industries, with over 142 different companies, national laboratories and universities hiring our student graduates. Additionally, 171 different companies hired Mines ME students as interns during the last academic year. These are outstanding employment metrics for
ME@Mines students continue to earn accolades in a number of national and international student competitions. Perhaps most impressive was the performance of the Diggerloop team competing in SpaceX’s Hyperloop challenge. The Mines team was one of only 24 national and international teams selected to go to the challenge finals at SpaceX’s Hyperloop track in California. Unfortunately, only three of the 24 teams passed safety evaluations in order to access the track, and the Mines team was not one of them. But Diggerloop will be back at it again for the 2018 competition!
Research is on an upward trajectory in the ME Department, exceeding $6 million per year. ME@Mines’ 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. As detailed later in this newsletter, all the ME faculty are actively engaged in groundbreaking research as reflected by the significant publications generated each year.
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!
- Mines awarded $3M from ARPA-E for fuel cell research
Colorado School of Mines has been awarded $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a first-of-its-kind hybrid power gener …
- Mines Hyperloop team secures repeat trip to SpaceX finals
DiggerLoop is headed back to SpaceX. The Colorado School of Mines student team was one of just 20 worldwide chosen this month to advance to the finals of the main 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitio …
- Graduate student contributes to UN ECOSOC Youth Forum
A Colorado School of Mines graduate student was among the young leaders from around the world who gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York last month to discuss the role of youth in buildin …
- Space resources program approved for fall 2018 launch
A first-of-its-kind graduate program in space resources will officially lift off at Colorado School of Mines this fall. Post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees will …
- Mines students qualify for 2018 NASA Mars Ice Challenge
A student team from Colorado School of Mines has qualified for the finals of the NASA Mars Ice Challenge for the second year in a row. Team MINERS, short for Martian Ice New-age Extraction and Recover …
- Tilton wins NSF CAREER award to model, improve feed spacers
Nils Tilton, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop a computational fluid dynamics model to impro …
- Mines, nonprofit QL+ join forces to help injured veterans
The non-profit organization Quality of Life Plus (QL+) donated $50,000 to enhance a lab at Colorado School of Mines where students work exclusively to develop adaptive equipment to solve mobility chal …