Industry Partners

Partner with Mechanical Engineering at Mines!

To learn more about building a relationship with our department, connect with the Mines Office of Industry Relations, or contact the ME Technical and Operations Manager, Traci Case, at 303-273-3248 or

Top Employers of ME Graduates (2017–2019)

Ball Corporation logo

Exxon Mobil


Lockheed Martin

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard


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Solar Turbines

Industry Advisory Board Members

Jennifer Herron
Chief Executive Officer
Action Engineering


Curt Hastings
Director, Emerging Technology
Ball Corporation


Keith Solomons
General Director of Locomotives
BNSF Railway


Dave Wolenski
Electro-Mechanical Products


Carol Carlson
Director of New Technology and Innovation
Gates Corporation


Mitch Marich
Senior VP Engineering – PTA
Milwaukee Tool

Melissa Holschbach
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard


Zachary Scholz, CSEP
Director of Engineering, IAS
Sierra Nevada Corporation


Doug Rawlins
Manager, Advanced Technology
Solar Turbines Incorporated


Scott Nelson



Industry Partners

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The Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering department uses ANSYS products in teaching and research. Professors Robert J. Kee, Brian Thomas and Gregory Bogin have strategic partnerships with ANSYS. The partnerships between ANSYS and Mines are mutually beneficial.

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Mines is a DS Academic Certification Partner offering the SIMULIA Abaqus Structural Analysis – Associate exam on campus twice per year (register here). The certification exam may be taken with or without the FEA Professional Graduate Certificate, which was designed to teach everything you need to know to pass the DS exam.

Gene Haas Foundation

The Gene Haas Foundation donates funding on an annual basis for scholarships awarded to selected ME Instructional Machine Shop student shop workers. The Gene Haas Foundation Fellows receive additional training on the CNC mill, and through a multi-year process they become “train-the-trainers” for the shop’s mill. The machine shop, located in the basement of Brown Hall, is home to two Haas CNC mills. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation Inc., started the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999 to support efforts to introduce students to careers in machining and related technologies. That goal is primarily accomplished by funding student scholarships for graduating high school students, displaced workers and military veterans. Based in Oxford, California, Haas Automation is America’s leading machine tool builder.


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SolidProfessor offers a fixed-price and term structure for students for four years. Students have access to SolidWorks tutorials as well as preparation for the SolidWorks Beginner, Associates and Professional exams.