Department Updates

Team takes first place at SB Hacks

team working on their hackathon project

A team of ME and CS students from Mines took first place at SB Hacks VI, an annual hackathon hosted at University of California, Santa Barbara. SB Hacks is a 400-person, 36-hour event that provides college students with hands-on experience in coding and exposure to the technology industry in a fun, competitive setting. The winning team included Mines students Parker Steen, Peter Wilson, Van Wagner and Josh Rands. They designed an autonomous AED emergency response system that employs 1) a camera using neural network machine learning to detect an individual in cardiac arrest and 2) a fully autonomous AED delivery robot capable of navigating a known floor plan and identifying the individual in need. Read more and watch a video about the team’s solution »

Wijesuriya participates in UN Youth Climate Summit

Wijesuriya speaking at summitPhD candidate Sajith Wijesuriya participated in the United Nations Youth Climate Summit in September. The youth summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the UN and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on this defining issue of our time. The event brought together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale required by science. The event outcomes fed into the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. Sajith’s advisor is ME Assistant Professor Paulo Cesar Tabares-Velasco.

Wagner, NREL researcher and Mines grad, receives PECASE

wagner receives PECASEDr. Mike Wagner (ME PhD, ’17) was one of two NREL researchers to be awarded the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Wagner was recognized for his work addressing fundamental questions on the capability and grid value of concentrating solar power. ME professors Alexandra Newman and Robert Braun were Wagner’s PhD advisors and are co-investigators on DOE-awarded projects that were referenced in the nomination. “NREL’s partnership with Mines has led to opportunities to apply operations research and optimization to traditional ME subjects like power generation,” Wagner said, “and I believe this award is a recognition of outcomes from that groundbreaking crossover.”

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