Boettcher Scholars

In addition to a rigorous academic program, Mines Boettcher Scholars are involved in a variety of organizations, such as the McBride Honors Program, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Minority Engineering Program, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Campus Crusade for Christ, and NCAA Division II athletics.



Mechanical Engineering


Interests and Activities:

International Travel, Running, Hiking, Reading, Robotics

When I was a junior in high school, I visited the Mines campus for a WISE event because of my love for math and science. During subsequent visits, my interest in Mines grew. I fell in love with the campus environment: students were working hard, but looked like they were still having fun and enjoying Golden's prime location. While Mines is definitely the challenge I was looking for, I have come to love the school, the professors as well as the community that the campus has.


Daniel Renkert


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Interests and Activities:
Skiing, Soccer, Camping, Fishing, Dungeons & Dragons, Chess and Reading

Initially, I was split between three very good schools. My first visit to Mines sold me entirely. The students were friendly, the staff was incredibly helpful and the professors were not afraid to crack a joke. The Mines alumni I have met are all well spoken, well educated and brilliant individuals. I think the academic rigor will be a perfect way to continue to challenge myself. I am looking forward to my time at Mines.


Holly Ketterman


Mechanical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
Reading, Tennis, Marksmanship

Since my first Science Olympiad competition in sixth grade, it had been my dream to study engineering at Mines. I fell in love with the people, the mountains, and the amazing opportunities to challenge myself academically. I'm so lucky to be building relationships and learning everything that will lead me to an amazing future at the school of my dreams.




Holly Ketterman


Chemical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
Running, Flute, Singing, Reading, Soccer, and Chess

I chose Mines because I've always appreciated a good challenge, and knew I could find that here. After spending time on campus and meeting the hard-working students that pursue their dreams at Mines, I knew that no other place could fit me as well as Mines.



Katrina San Nicolas


Chemical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
 Traveling, Competitive Speech, Running, Tennis, Reading

On my first visit to Mines, I was inspired by the dedication of the students and knew I wanted to be a part of this beautiful campus nestled in the mountains. I ultimately chose Mines because I love to be challenged and know the school will keep me busy with plenty of hard work and interesting endeavors. I also cannot wait to get a well-rounded education with all of the fun activities and to become close to my peers and instructors in small classes. With a Mines education, I know that from graduate school, to the engineering field, I will be ready to go anywhere!




Mechanical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
Running, Public Speaking and Debating, Robotics, Automation, Writing and Reading

I ended up choosing Mines not only because of the intense academic rigor of the programs, but also because of the dedicated and hardworking students that I have met on campus tours.  I know I will be surrounded by their drive and talent.  The preparedness Mines gives its students for future professional success also engaged me, such as the plethora of research opportunitites in any given field, as well as those provided by the career fairs.





Tabitha Kalin




Petroleum Engineering

Interests and Activities:
 Flute, Music, Tennis, Robotics, Cooking, Photography

After walking around the campus and meeting some fo the professors and students I felt like Mines embodied everything that I believe, and could envision myself living there for the next several years.  I have also never been one to shy away from a challenge.  Academically Mines offers that as well as a wealth of opportunities that will let me achieve what I could only dream of.



William Austin


Mechanical Engineering

Interests and Activities: Hunting, Hiking, Camping, Football, Running, Bee Keeping,Wrestling

As I was browsing my multitude of college choices, Colorado School of Mines stood out to me because of my passion for building and creating.  Even from a young age, I have been building tree houses, boats, and many other projects.  I believe Mines is where I can develop my passion into a real career.





Recent Boettcher Scholar Alumni


Mining Engineering

Post Degree: Private Industry

Interests and Activities:
Hiking, Fishing, Biking, Shooting Sports, Reading, Math, and Philosophy

I chose to attend Mines due to its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, its unparalled academics and its high degree of focus.  Ever since I can remember I have had an interest in science and engineering; from drawing plans for inventions as a child, to building a chemistry lab in the garage as a teenager.  I confidently feel like Mines is the next step in my pursuit for empirical knowledge.  I hope to someday live and work in rural Colorado, but not without experiencing the world first.  By offering valuable first-class degrees through a more experiential learning process both on campus and abroad, Mines provides me with the tools and network to help me accomplish both goals



Jacob Adamson


Post Industry: Rule Engineering - Private Industry

Geological Engineering

Interests and Activities:
Geographic information systems, geology, international development and social justice; hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, fishing, backpacking and slacklining

I came to this school with a love for math and science and a desire to escape outdoors. I’m happy to say that CSM has done nothing but intensify these passions. Through involvement in the geological engineering program and the campus slackline club I have been given endless opportunities to explore the world, and critically question what can make the world a better place. This school has prepared me to push myself to new limits with the help of newly made friends and an incredibly versed staff. If you love to learn, Mines is the place for you.



Arnold Clarke


Post Degree: Software Engineer - Private Industry

Computer Science

Interests and Activities:
Listening to Music and Basketball

I came to Mines to fulfill a childhood dream.  One year in junior high I followed my older sister to a Knowledge Bowl that was held on the Mines campus and fell in love with the atmosphere and promise of being challenged.  Ever since then my priority has been to attend Mines.





Brandon Tortorelli


Post Degree: Master's Degree - Mechanical Engineering - Colorado School of Mines

Engineering Physics/McBride Honors in Public Affairs
Interests and Activities: Running, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Reading, Hackysack

I came to Mines because I knew I wanted to be an engineer, and I was enticed by the school's reputation for guiding many of the best and brightest engineers to successful careers.  I enjoy the challenges that Mines offers to its students, the small class sizes along with the resulting close community of students, and the school's location in Golden.  Golden allows a healthy balance between theater, clubbing, hiking and snowboarding.


Brenden Ortiz


Post Degree: PhD - Physics - Colorado School of Mines 

BS-Physics and MS-Metallurgy

Interests and Activities: Hockey, Soccer, Trail Running, 4x4'ing, Hiking, Video Games, Rock Climbing, Swimming

I desired an academically intensive environment, one where I would constantly be challenged by my classes and my professors.  This is the key reason I came to Mines.  The job placement, small campus and class sizes, quality of instructors and location are great too.

Bryant Elrick


Post Degree: Master's Degree-Clinical Anatomy-Creighton University 

Biochemical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
CSM Basketball Team Member, Snowboarding, Cooking, Music (Drums and Piano)

I was drawn to Mines because of my interest in math and science, as well as the outstanding reputation Mines has in these areas of study.  Although Mines has pushed me academically, I have learned to enjoy the challenge that a Mines education offers and appreciate the small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, and student interaction that makes my time at Mines truly unique.

Clay Garcia

Post Degree: Master's Degree - Mechanical Engineering - Colorado School of Mines 

Mechanical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
Mines Football Team, Sports, Woodworking and Working on Cars

The multiple engineering disciplines and possible opportunities in each field attracted me to Mines. I have enjoyed being a part of the Mechanical Engineering department and the varsity football team.  The town and area surrounding Golden, as well as the atmosphere provided by the faculty and student population, set the School of Mines apart.



Dante Disharoon


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Interests and Activities:

Poetry, Flute, Badminton, Chess, Disc Golf, Cooking, Rubik's Cube, Reading

In choosing a university location was important.  Mines is ideal, not only is the expansive freedom of Colorado accessible for the occasional hike, bike ride or camping trip; but so, too, is the bustling city experience offered by Denver. The school's resources are extraordinary considering its relatively small size, and its renown job placement program lends the school an edge over its fellows in Colorado.  While I've always loved math and the sciences, my talents are more based in the humanities.  Attending Mines will give me the opportunity to sharpen my skills in the sciences under incredible professors while turning my interest in the humanities into a hobby.  It will most certainly be a challenge; and that excites me all the more.


Michael Estrada


Post Degree: Process Engineer - Private Industry

Chemical Engineering
Interests and Activities:

Running, Playing Guitar, Mines Triathlon Club, Writer for The Oredigger, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Exploring Denver

I chose to study at Mines because it is such an elite school in the field of engineering, and at this stage of my life I hope to become an engineer.  Golden is also a gorgeous city that is not too far from home, but far enough to branch out of the tiny town I grew up in.




Robert Broman


Post Degree: Master's Degree - University of Texas, Austin/Engineer - Private Industry

Petroleum Engineering &Geological Engineering and Public Policy

Interests and Activities:
Golfing, Running, Basketball, Baseball, Skiing, Traveling, Art and Cars

I am very passionate about joining the energy industry, and Mines is a great gateway to help me achieve that goal.  Mines provides a challenging academic environment that I thoroughly enjoy, along with all of the extracurricular activities and opportunities to be outdoors that Mines and Golden offer.





Scott McClary


Post Degree: PhD - Chemical Engineering - Purdue University

Chemical Engineering
Interests and Activities:

Video Games, Reading, Ultimate Frisbee, Watching Football, Baseball and Hockey 

Mines is an incredible school.  The classes are challenging, but manageable and quite enjoyable.  Personally, I really enjoy the social side of Mines.  There are all sorts of clubs and activities that keep me busy, from the CSM band to intramural sports to Energy Club to Board Games Club.  There are just so many people like me here.  Mines was definitely the right choice for me





Scott Von Thun


Post Degree: Software Elecotronics Engineer - Private Industry

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Interests and Activities:

Robotics, Skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, Web/Graphic Design, Music, R/C Airplanes

I decided to come to Mines because of it's awesome location for hiking and skiing; its excellent, all-around engineering program; and the incredible connections that help to give Mines one of the best job placement percentages in the nation.  It seemed like a perfect school to get involved with fascinating research projects and competitions while still being able to do the Colorado activities that I love.





Tanner McManus


Post Degree: Master's Degree - Engineering Technology and Management - Colorado School of Mines 

Mechanical Engineering
Interests and Activities:

CSM Men's Soccer, Rotaract, Snowboarding and time with friends and family

I chose to attend Mines for three reasons: 1. I like to fix "things", which is what engineers do, so Mines was a perfect fit; 2. The soccer program is outstanding; 3. The success of those who graduate from Mines.  I hope that Mines will be a place I can foster and grow, not only as a student but as a human being.


Wylie Keller


Post Degree: Mining Engineer - Private Industry

Mining Engineering
Interests and Activities:

Spending time in the mountains, learning new and interesting fact about the world

I chose to come to Mines for the academic qualities that the school is so well known for.  As a kid, I was always interested in engineering and knew that I would like to pursue a career in it someday.  As I began exploring my college options Mines stuck out as the premier school for mining engineering.  The town offers the healthy blend between the city of Denver and the Rocky Mountains that I love so much.




Post Degree: Systems Engineer - Private Industry

Environmental Engineering

Interests and Activities:

Traveling, Cooking, Dance, Reading

I felt at home the first time I visited the Mines campus and experienced the close-knit campus community surrounded by the small town charm of the city of Golden.  The Mines reputation for academic rigor and challenging curriculum drew me in.  The focused atmosphere and dedication of the students won my heart.  I knew immediately that Mines would be a perfect fit for me.






Post Degree: Mechanical Engineer - Intern

Interests and Activities:
Skiing, Mountain and Road Biking, Soccer, Running, Camping

I chose to attend Mines because I have always heard great things about it.  After visiting I had the realization that it was a perfect fit for me; especially in helping me fulfill my desire of becoming an engineer.







Post Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Interests and Activities:
Soccer, Ski Racing, Tennis, Reading

I chose to attend Mines because I feel it has everything I could ever need and want.  The school is located in a great town surrounded by mountains and just a short drive from some of the best ski areas in the nation.  These surroundings will allow me to get a great education while having innumerable opportunities to get out into the beauty of Colorado.  Also, the level of academics at Mines is unparalleled.  It is a great institution that will prepare me to succeed in the workforce.  The size of Mines provides a focused, inclusive environment that will help create success and the opportunity for lasting friendships.