Greg VanderBeek

Teaching Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Prior to joining the ME department at Mines, Greg founded and owned Coalesce Design and Fabrication in Boulder, CO. The firm was regularly featured in national magazines and is one of the top design and build companies in the Front Range. Greg also founded and owned the Academy for the Manual Arts where he created curriculum and taught teenagers to design, assemble and build.

Before starting Coalesce, Greg spent nearly a decade as a Senior Engineering Hydrologist and Project Manager, focusing on remediation of spills and long term remediation systems. As a manager, Greg worked as a liaison between clients, the EPA and local regulators to meet clean-up and closure requirements. One of the larger projects that Greg worked on was creating a multi-million-dollar remediation system off the coast of Alaska. The advection dispersion model was used to aid in the design and development of the clean-up system.

After selling his company, Greg taught at CU-Boulder both developing courses and teaching core courses within the curriculum. Greg is excited to be back at Mines where he also completed his graduate studies and thesis. Greg’s current research interests include development of hands-on projects and active learning techniques to reinforce design concepts taught in the classroom.

In Greg’s free time, he enjoys mountain biking, back country skiing, building/tinkering and most of all, enjoying time with his family.


Brown Hall W470E