Adam Duran

Teaching Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Adam Duran arrived at Mines in the early 2000s, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) in 2009. He received his M.S. in ME in 2011 and another M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management in 2016. He served as an Adjunct Professor starting in 2016 where he taught Cornerstone/Capstone in Engineering Design and Society (EDS), Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Systems and Aerospace System Engineering in ME, and both IDEAS and the Grandey leadership by design course in the University Honors and Scholars Program (UHSP).

Prior to his time at Mines, he spent over a decade as an automotive research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) working on new and emerging technologies, launched and ran a cleantech startup accelerator in partnership with Shell (, and worked as a technical consultant in the area of autonomous vehicles for a number of clients across industry, government, and academia.

In his free time he doesn’t sit still and very rarely sleeps. He enjoys working on his truck and motorcycle as well as listening to music and creating art with pastels. A Colorado native, Adam is all about the outdoors and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and taking his two dogs on walks. 


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  • M.S., Engineering and Technology Management, Colorado School of Mines (2016)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (2011)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (2009)