• Critical Materials Institute launched •
Rod Eggert is deputy director of the newly formed Critical Materials Institute (CMI), one of five Energy Innovation Hubs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). While continuing to teach and serve as EB's division director, Eggert leads CMI's supply chain and economic analysis, involving EB graduate students and researchers at Purdue University and Idaho National Lab. Mines is a core partner in CMI, a consortium led by the Ames Laboratory and a number of other DOE national labs, universities and companies. CMI aims to accelerate innovation to assure supply chains for materials critical to clean energy technologies,such as rare earths, lithium and tellurium. CMI research at Mines involves faculty members and students in the Kroll Institute of Extractive Metallurgy and several academic departments.
•Dr. Carol Dahl receives the Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award•
Dr. Carol Dahl received the Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award for her contributions to the field of energy economics and its literature at the 36th Annual International Association for Energy Economics International Conference at Daegu,South Korea, June 16-20, 2013. Carol is best known internationally for her work in energy demand analysis and her second book, International Energy Markets: Understanding Prices, Policies, and Profits. It was first published in English in 2004 and has since been published in Chinese and Croatian. She is wrapping up the second edition; watch for it in early 2014.
•Operations Research Student Awarded NSF Fellowship•
Vitaliy Krasko has been selected to receive a 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF). His selection was based on his "outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise." The NSF-GRF is an annual grant awarded to approximately 2,000 doctoral-level students in the natural, social, and engineering sciences at US institutions. Vitaliy is originally from Vitebsk, Belarus and grew up in Colorado. He is a PhD student in the Operations Research with Engineering program in the Division of Economics and Business. His research involves global optimization, stochastic programming, renewable energy, and machine learning. Vitaliy is currently working with researchers from the geology, economics, and operations research programs to better understand optimal natural-hazard-management strategies for post wildfire debris flows. His advisor is Dr. Steffen Rebennack.
•Twenty-one students from the Mineral and Energy Economics program tour Henderson Mine•
On a snowy October Friday, twenty-one students traveled to the Henderson Molybdenum Mine and Mill in Clear Creek County, Colorado. For the first stage of the tour, the group was lowered a mile below the surface to the mine. Tour guides whisked students in buggies over the 140 miles of tunnel, showing each stage of the process and answering questions along the way. Following a brief pizza lunch break, the students made their way over the continental divide to the Henderson Mill. While the early season snowstorm raged on, the students continued their tour at the Mill facility, learning all about the conveyor systems, SAG Mills, and flotation cells. The tour proved to be an amazing experience for all involved and helped in showing the real world application of CSM studies. Thank you to the employees of the Henderson Mine and Mill for their knowledge and guidance throughout this tour!
•Dr. Alexandra Newman awarded the 2013 INSTITUTE FOR OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCE (INFORMS) Prize for Teaching•
This honor recognizes Dr. Newman's contribution in preparing Colorado School of Mines' students to assume critical roles in practicing the art of Operations Research and Management. Dr. Newman's use of real world decision tools effectively involves students in solving actual problems while inspiring them through examples of her own contributions to the practice of operations research. This recognition was given during the October 2013 meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.