Colorado School of Mines’ Mechanical Engineering Department has been awarded a $12,500 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) for student scholarships in 2021 for student workers in the ME Instructional Machine Shop. 

“The purpose of the Gene Haas Foundation is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for CNC Machine Technology students.” – Kathy Looman, Foundation Administrator 

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.  

Mines ME uses the GHF Haas grant to fund specialized multi-year fellowships for students who work in the Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop. The Gene Haas Foundation Scholars will be provided additional training on the CNC mill and through a multi-year process 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 and two desktop mills.

The Fall 2021 GHF Scholars are: 

Justin Rozendaal
Bill Hobbs
Tristan Barney
Russell McKenna
Squire Ross
Erik Skansberg
Cruz Strom