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Grant Nülle, a PhD candidate in the Mineral and Energy Economics program, recently joined the U.S. Energy Information Administration as an Upstream Oil & Gas Economist .  In this role, Grant is responsible for producing short-term forecasts for U.S. onshore oil and natural gas production as well as writing reports and delivering presentations on the economics of tight oil and shale gas production in the U.S. and further afield.  At Mines, Grant is pursuing the PhD under the supervision of Graham Davis. Grant was born in Gillette, Wyoming, the county seat of the largest coal-producing county in the U.S. His first degrees were a BA in Economics and a BA in Public Administration from Buena Vista University in Iowa.  While working as a fiscal and economic policy advisor for the states of Arizona and Colorado, Grant earned an Executive MBA from the University of Arizona and an MS in Mineral and Energy Economics at CSM.  

Dr. Graham Davis was one of 25 Mines faculty and students who gave presentations at this year's Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference and Expo. The conference, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, February 15 - 18, attracted more than 7,000 attendees. SME is one of the oldest and largest professional societies for the mining and minerals industry worldwide. Last year the society awarded Professor Davis its annual Mineral Economics award for distinguished contributions in the advancement of mineral economics. EB Professors Franklin Stermole, Roderick Eggert, John Tilton, and John J. (Jack) Schant are previous award winners.

Dr. Graham Davis has been appointed co-editor of the new SSRN eJournal Global Commodity Issues. The journal is funded by the J.P Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado-Denver Business School. Dr. Davis is also a member of the Research Council for the Center.

Dr. Graham Davis Named Coulter Chair- Professor Davis' research focuses on the valuation of mineral and energy assets under uncertainty and on the impacts of mining on economic and human development. Read more

Dr. Graham Davis presented a paper “Mining, Oil, and Inequality” at the 2014 Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Annual Conference at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on October 5-6.


Three PhD Mineral and Energy Economics graduate students participated in the International Association of Energy Economist's conference in New York city from June 15-19, 2014.

  • Jacquelyn Pless is a finalist for the "best student paper award".  Her paper is titled "Bribes, Bureaucracies, and Blackouts: Towards Understanding How Corruption Impacts the Quality of Electricity Supply to End-Users in Transition and Developing Economies".
  • Matt Doyle will be presenting in the poster division.
  • Braeton Smith will be presenting his original research paper.

Dr. Harrison Fell was Featured in NPR's Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday June 4, 2014.

Dr. Rod Eggert will be part of the "Live from the 2014 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference" on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2-3 p.m. ET.  He will participate in the discussions of "Endangered Elements: Critical Materials in the Supply Chain.  If you wish to register for the seminar, log onto ..

Professor Emeritus John Tilton was recently quoted in Science Magazine on "The Coming Copper PeakPDF versionText only version"

Dr. Harrison Fell and incoming faculty member Dr. Jared Carbone have been named to the editorial council of the new Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, the official journal of AERE.

Dr. Ed Balistreri has been named to the editorial council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM), an environmental, resource, and energy journal. Dr. Jared Carbone also serves as an editor at JEEM


On November 4, 2012, Dr. Rod Eggert gave a keynote presentation at the China Mining 2012 conference in Tianjin, China. His presentation was titled "Economic Perspectives on Global Mineral and Metal Markets." Over the next 3 days sessions were presented by leaders from China, Australia, Canada, Mongolia, Sudan, Cambodia, Peru, South Africa, Venezuela to name just a few of the countries represented in this world-wide conference.
INFORMS 2012 (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) was held in Phoenix, Arizona October 14-17. Alexandra Newman, Associate Professor and Steffen Rebennack, Assistant Professor, attended along with seven students from the Operations Research with Engineering Interdisciplinary Program.
Donal O'Sullivan, PhD candidate in Mineral and Energy Economics, was awarded 2011 Best Paper in Mining Sponsored Sessions Award at INFORMS 2012. His presentation was titled "Long-term Extraction and Backfill Scheduling in a Complex Underground Mine". Christopher Cullenbine, PhD, MEE' 12, received the award for Outstanding Reviewer. This was in appreciation of valued service to the Institute for Operation Research and the Management Sciences.

J.E. Tilton, Research Professor, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about the future availability of earth's mineral resources on June 4, 2012.

Rod Eggert, Professor and Division Director, presented a lecture at the Petroleum Engineering Summer School, Inter-University Centre on "International Energy Markets" in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 4 - 6, 2012

Ed Balistreri, Associate Professor, was appointed as an Affiliate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. This appointment is from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2015.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Alcoa Foundation, faculty and graduate students from the Division of Economics and Business undertook a multi-year research project to explore the intersection between public policy and waste and recycling. View the project website here. 

Professor Rod Eggert quoted in a Reuters piece about rare earth minerals. 

Carol Dahl, Professor in the Economics and Business Division, speaks about Brazil's energy independence in La Voz.

Arturo Vasquez, a Mines PhD student in Mineral and Energy Economics, has been awarded a 2010-2011 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Environmental Division Scholarship. Vasquez will receive the $2,000 scholarship award during a luncheon in March during the SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Denver. 

Dr. Rod Eggert quoted in the Grand Junction Sentinel article: “Time to tap abundant resources of Energy Alley”.

Dr. Rod Eggert quoted in the Grand Junction Sentinel article: “Two companies push Uranium mining in region”.

Dr. Steffen Rebennack was awarded the German Society of Operations Research Dissertation Award 2011. Timo Lohmann, PhD Student in the Interdisciplinary Operations Research with Engineering Program, received the German Society of Operations Research Master Thesis Award of 2011.  Both received the awards at the OR 2011 International conference in Zurich, Switzerland.

Rod Eggert speaking about rare earths on American Public Media's Marketplace

Dr. Daniel Kaffine interviewed by the Denver Post on oil and gas prices.

Dr. Kaffine seminar on Emission Savings From Wind Generation quoted in the Oredigger student newspaper.

Read Dr. Eggert's Statement before the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy on "Access to Raw Materials: A U.S. Perspective," PDF versionText only versionBrussels, Belgium, January 26, 2011.

Professor Rod Eggert is quoted in the Denver Post article "Colorado part of 'new gold rush' for rare-earth metals."  

Mines Division of Economics and Business Assistant Professor Steffen Rebennack received an "Honorable Mention" for The 2010 George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award. This award is given by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) to recognize innovative dissertations that are also relevant to practice. Rebennack wrote his dissertation, "A Unified State-space and Scenario Tree Framework for Multi-stage Stochastic Optimization," at the University of Florida under the auspices of Prof. Panos M. Pardalos before joining the faculty at Mines. 
Professor Rod Eggert is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article "China's lock on market for rare earth elements: Why it matters". Dr. Eggert also receives credit at the end of the Slate story "Has the Earth run out of any natural resources?".

Carol Dahl interviewed and reported in Engineering News.

John Tilton is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor story “Chile mine rescue shows how far mine safety has come”.

Professor Rod Eggert was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article “Pentagon in race for raw materials”.

Dr. Eggert was also recently quoted in The New York Times concerning the minerals under Afghanistan and the cost of mining them "The Curse of Plenty".

Professor Rod Eggert received the 2010 Mineral Economics Award from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) for “contributions to resource development research and global mineral policy development.” He was presented the award on March 3, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the annual dinner of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, which is a member society of AIME.

The journal InterfacesPDF versionText only version recently published the 8th Rothkopf rankings of university contributions to the academic literature in applied operations research. Colorado School of Mines is first out of 45 U.S. universities in one measure of contributions (yield) and second in the other measure (visibility).

Rod Eggert, Dan Kaffine, and John Tilton have been awarded a $370,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation for a two-year program of research on Recycling, Solid Waste and Public Policy. The research seeks to better understand the determinants of recycling in the United States. It will focus in particular on the strengths and weaknesses of various public policies influencing recycling of selected solid-waste streams, particularly containers (including but not limited to aluminum, steel, and plastics).

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