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The Division of Economics and Business' 2017 Newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. Find out what EB students, faculty and alumni have been up to in this digital publication. Read more.

Join us as Daniel Jerrett, MEE PhD alum and chief economist with the Denver Regional Council of Governments presents our first Lunch and Learn of the semester, 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 in EH 211. Learn more

Meet Will Thieme, BS Economics '17, and find out what he's up to at Broe Infrastructure in Cherry Creek. He's featured as Colorado School of Mines Foundation's Miner of the Month. Read more

Division of Economics and Business Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff contributed to 9News story, “Colorado joins other states in U.S. Climate Alliance.” Maniloff weighs in on whether Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s plan is possible and what it means for Coloradans. Read more

Division of Economics and Business Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff contributed a post on Drillinginfo's blog. Read more. 

College Choice names Mines #1 college in Colorado. Rankings are based on reputation, affordability, student retention, and return on investment. Read more.

Division of Economics and Business Associate Teaching Professor John Stermole and Associate Teaching Professor Andy Pederson will offer, “Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods,” a short course through Continuing Education at Mines in June, July, September and November. Learn more

Colorado School of Mines celebrated its outstanding faculty at its annual Faculty Forum on May 3. Scott Houser, Economics and Business, was recognized for his promotion to teaching professor. Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff, Mineral and Energy Economics, received the Senior Class Faculty Award for Economics and Business, as voted on by students. Read more.

During his keynote speech at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration's 5th Annual Current Trends in Mining Finance conference May 1-2 in New York, Professor Graham Davis told delegates that proposed financial responsibility regulations due to come into effect in December would result in miners having to tie-up significant amounts of cash or credit notes in escrow. Read more

Division of Economics and Business Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff contributed to the E&E News story, “Greens: 'We'll take to the streets' to fight drilling order.” The story details President Trump’s executive order to potentially vastly expand offshore drilling. Read more

Division of Economics and Business Teaching Associate Professor Becky Lafrancois was a featured speaker at the University of Kentucky Economics Teaching Workshop on April 22. Her presentation was entitled, “Teaching Economics in a Flipped-Classroom: Lessons Learned from Intermediate Microeconomics.” Read more

Will $1 trillion in improvements to U.S. infrastructure move global commodities markets? Our Mineral and Energy Economics graduate students examined the possible effects of Trump's infrastructure program. Read more

Professor Graham Davis, who specializes in mineral asset valuation and economic development of mineral-based economies, contributed to the Minnesota Public Radio story, “Environmental lawsuits pile up as PolyMet mine crawls forward.” Read more

Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff, Division of Economics and Business at Colorado School of Mines, and Dale Manning of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University, recently published a paper that examines the economic determinants of optimal oil severance tax rates. Read more

Professors Ian Lange and Peter Maniloff were awarded a Sloan Foundation grant to host the Colorado Technology Primer for Economists and Social Scientists. Two one-week sessions will be offered July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 14-18 on the Mines campus. Applications are due April 25. Learn more

Professor Graham Davis, who specializes in mineral asset valuation and economic development of mineral-based economies, contributed to the Minnesota Public Radio story, “Environmental lawsuits pile up as PolyMet mine crawls forward.” Read more

Division of Economics and Business Associate Professor Ian Lange, who specializes in energy, environmental and resource economics, applied microeconometrics and behavioral economics, contributed to the New York Times story, “Tribes That Live Off Coal Hold Tight to Trump’s Promises.” Read more

Help Mines win energy case competition People’s Choice Award. Six Mineral and Energy Economics students are competing in The Economist's Which MBA case competition, sponsored by NRG Energy. Learn more and vote!

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has invited Prof. Roderick Eggert to testify March 28 at an oversight hearing to examine the United States’ increasing dependence on foreign sources of minerals and opportunities to rebuild and improve the supply chain in the U.S. Read more

The Payne Institute for Earth Resources is pleased to welcome Visiting Scholars Corrado Di Maria, Associate Professor of Economics, and Emiliya Lazarova, Senior Lecturer in Economics, both from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. They will be at Mines March 28 through April 28. Read more

Division of Economics and Business Associate Professor Jared Carbone, who specializes in environmental economics, computational economics, international trade, and public finance, contributed to the CBC story, “Stubborn oil prices weigh heavily on upcoming federal budget." Read more

Division of Economics and Business Professor Michael Walls, who specializes in decision analysis, corporate risk management, business strategy and planning, contributed to the Dallas Morning News story, “In new boom, oil companies say they're not likely to go back to old ways." Read more

Mines hosted the Critical Materials Institute Winter Meeting and 2nd annual Forum for Postdoctoral and Student Researchers Feb. 9-10. More than 85 CMI team members from national laboratories, universities, industry, and the Department of Energy gathered in Golden. Read more 

Rick Hunt, assistant professor for the Division of Economics and Business, recently published “The Entrepreneurship Industry: Influences of the Goods and Services Marketed to Entrepreneurs," in the Journal of Small Business, as well as “Entrepreneurial Round Tripping: The Benefits of Newness and Smallness in Multi-Directional Value Creation" in Management Decision. Read more

Two Mines students finished seventh out of 26 teams at the 2017 Energy Trading Challenge, Feb. 24-25 at ESCP London campus. Christopher Hapchuk and Alexander Restrepo are dual degree students studying Mineral and Energy Economics in the Division of Economics and Business at Mines, and Petroleum Economics and Management at the French Institute of Petroleum. Read more

A team of five Mines students placed third at the Columbia University Energy Symposium case competition on Feb. 2. Muhammad Abdullah Khawar, Martin Kohn, Dov Quint, Phillip Ruban, and August Steinbeck study Mineral and Energy Economics in the Division of Economics and Business. Read more

Division of Economics and Business Professor Graham Davis, who specializes in mineral asset valuation and economic development of mineral-based economies, contributed to the Casper Star-Tribune story, "The challenges of change: Diversification may prove difficult for Wyoming." Read more

Rod Eggert, interim director of the Division of Economics and Business, and deputy director of the Critical Materials Institute, traveled to Seville, Spain Jan. 17-21 to deliver a talk entitled, "Rare-Earth Geology, Mineralogy and Resource Development.” The presentation was part of the NATO Science and Technology Organization - Applied Vehicle Technology Panel Research Lecture Series on Rare Earths: Securing Supply Chains, Materials and Technologies.

Graham Davis, professor of mineral economics, will present at Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration's 5th Annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference, “Managing through the Cycle, Investing for the Future,” April 30 - May 3 in New York City. Read more

Professor Graham Davis and Professor James Smith of Southern Methodist University have been contracted by the Inter-American Development Bank to assist them with their efforts to improve natural resource knowledge generation and governance in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more.

January 2017 E-newsletter


Watch as our very own Seun Oyatogun, MS, Engineering and Technology Management, and other graduating seniors reflect on their time at Colorado School of Mines and share plans for the future. View video

Ian Lange was awarded funding from the Department of Energy in conjunction with Resources for the Future to study the impact of federal coal leasing policy on (non-federal) Eastern coal mine operations. Read more

Professor Graham Davis was chosen by the EPA to conduct an impartial review. Read more

Dr. Michael Walls, Director of the Division of Economics and Business, has announced his transitional retirement. Read More

Dr. Jared Carbone was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant. The research subject is “Population Dynamics Thrust of the Integrated Multi-Sector, Multi-Scale Modeling (IM3) Scientific Focus Area.” Read more

MEE students finish top four at Duke Energy Competition Read More

Mines students host Rocky Mountain Energy Economics Banquet Read more

Dr. Pete Maniloff contributed to the WalletHub.com story about “2016’s Greenest States.” Read more

Fall 2016 E-Newsletter

The Payne Institute for Earth Resources at Mines teamed up with Inside Energy to host “Spark! Unpacking the Politics of Energy in Colorado” on Sept. 8. Read more

Seth Wiggins contributed to the WalletHub.com story, “Are Solar Panels Worth It? Experts Pick Sides.” Read more

PhD student Sul-Ki Lee had the honor of attending the 2016 Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics at the University of California Berkeley. Read more

Dr. Peter Maniloff contributed to a news story by CNBC's Tom DiChristopher, "Trump's energy plan overstates benefits of more drilling: economists." Read more

Dr. Becky Lafrancois contributed to a study featured in The Journal entitled, "Rico tests the water for uses of geothermal resources." Read more

Dr. Graham Davis named honorary professor at GERENs, Peru. Read More

Dr. Ian Lange featured on Inside Energy Read More

2016 Annual Newsletter

Dr. Ian Lange was featured in an on-air news clip with CPR's Grace Hood. Click to Listen

Dr. Ian Lange was quoted in an article on Wyoming's coal future in the Casper Star-Tribune. Read More

Phd Candidates Jacquelyn Pless, Fadli Rahman and Michael Redlinger delve into exciting new career paths. Jacquelyn Pless will join the University of Oxford in August 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research will explore issues related to the integration of large-scale renewable energy into power systems. Fadli Rahman is a Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Michael Redlinger is a Commercial Analyst for the state of Alaska’s Department of Revenue. Read More

Dr. John Tilton's book with Juan Ignacio Guzmán entitled "Mineral Economics and Policy" will be published by RFF Press this coming March. Read More 

Dr. Becky LaFrancois leads geothermal energy discovery team in Rico, Colorado. Read more

A group of Mines students, led by MS Mineral and Energy Economics Student Franz Martinez competed in the Schulich International Case Competition. Read more

MEE PhD students Mohammad Kemal and Fadli Rahman recently presented their research and ideas about strategic steps to reshape Indonesia's energy system and the importance of its governance to a seminar hosted by the Society of Indonesian Energy Professionals at Indonesian Consulate General, Houston.


Ms. Fran Vallejo, Vice President of Corporate Planning and Strategy at ConocoPhillips visited Dr. Becky Lafrancois’ Introduction to Corporate Finance class on October 29. As a Mines alumna, Vallejo shared her career path which took her from Geophysicist to Finance. She also discussed how ConocoPhillips uses tools that are taught in the Corporate Finance class to make decisions about investments and firm capital structure. Read More 

Associate Professor Steffen Rebennack was recently awarded the INFORMS ENRE “Young Researcher Prize of 2015" for his (sole-authored) Mathematical Programming paper and was invited to give a short presentation of his winning paper at the 2015 ENRE Section Awards session during the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Read More 

On November 2, students campus-wide attended the “Economics Graduate Perspectives Informational” to learn more about Economics and Business through four alumni who shared their career path experience and perspectives on industry opportunities. Read More

Professor Rod Eggert gave an invited talk on critical materials and clean energy technologies in the conference track devoted to natural resources for a sustainable society at The World Engineering Conference and Convention in Kyoto, Japan (Nov. 28 – Dec. 4). He gave particular attention to materials in technologies with the potential to contribute to carbon abatement, drawing on analysis he is working on with EB graduate students Max Brown, Brett Jordan, Sul-Ki Lee and Braeton Smith—part of their work in the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). Another speaker at the conference was EB alumnus Dr. Shinsuke Murakami (MS, Mineral and Energy Economics), now an associate professor in the Department of Systems Innovation at the University of Tokyo. He spoke on recycling of critical materials. CMI is an Energy Innovation Hub, a research consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and led by the Ames Laboratory (cmi.ameslab.gov). Professor Eggert is CMI’s deputy director. CMI’s mission is to innovate in ways that secure supply chains for materials providing essential functionality to clean energy technologies. Mines is one of CMI’s core partners. CMI research at Mines focuses on innovative techniques for extracting and recovering rare earths, materials characterization, and analysis of materials markets and supply chains—this semester involving five faculty members and more than twenty students in the Division of Economics and Business and the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Mines’ Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education leads CMI efforts in education and outreach.
Peter Maniloff presented work at the Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.

Peter Maniloff presented a paper at the annual Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management conference. APPAM is the premier academic public policy conference. The paper statistically estimates the effectiveness of a regional cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector, finding evidence that electricity generation decreased under the cap-and-trade program, but that this effect was offset by increased electricity imports from neighboring states. Read more  

Dr. Ian Lange gave three talks in the UK throughout the month of October related to his research with PhD student Matt Doyle. The talks were at the University of Stirling, the Oxford Center for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, and the University of East Anglia. Additionally, Ian was an external examiner for a PhD at the University of Dundee Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

The Division of Economics and Business is supporting a campus wide initiative directed to the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. Mines incoming freshman can participate in a new residential Themed Learning Community (TLC)  focused on the National Academy of Engineering's fourteen Grand Challenges. The Grand Challenges TLC is a cross-disciplinary effort to introduce students to the excitement of being an engineer and working on big, global problems from technical, societal, and economic and business perspectives. The Grand Challenges TLC was developed by students with the help of Grand Challenges TLC Faculty Friend Mark Mondry from the Division of Economics and Business. Read more

Dr. Ian Lange co-authored a paper that investigates the consequences of electricity market deregulation and how it impacts coal mining productivity. Read more

Dr. Harrison Fell and his co-authors look at the crediting standards for energy efficiency projects – an important element of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Read more 

PhD student Mike Redlinger analyzes improvements in horizontal drilling within the Bakken Shale Play in northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana. Read more

Dr. Peter Maniloff was quoted in http://phys.org, "Trading Program Linked to Significant Emissions Reductions", August 24. Read More 

Dr. John Titlon will be traveling to Japan in October to give lectures on Resource Depletion and the Long-Run Availability of Mineral Commodities in Tokyo, Akita, and Kyoto. Then later in October I will be in Quito, Ecuador, for a conference.

Engineering and Technology Management entrepreneurs turn course work into startup business with comercial and humanitarian application. Read more

Dr. Carol Dahl is named a Senior Fellow of the Payne Institute. Dr. Dahl is an internationally renowned energy economist with a strong public policy emphasis. Read more

Associate Professor Edward J. Balistreri was recently reappointed to a three year term as an Affiliate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Read more

Dr. Carol Dahl, has been invited to present Energy Poverty and Climbing the Energy Ladder at the Global Event Energy Conference sponsored by Osinerg, the Energy Regulatory Commission of Peru, held November 4-6 in Lima Peru.

PhD Students Ernesto Guzman and Francisco Sotomayor presented at the 2015 Commodity Market Workshop May 20-21 in Oslo, Norway. Read more

Dr. Carol Dahl is named a Senior Fellow of the Payne Institute. Dr. Dahl is an internationally renowned energy economist with a strong public policy emphasis. 

Dr. Edward J. Balistreri was recently reappointed to a three year term as an Affiliate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). 

Dr. Michael Heeley is working with Dr. Tzahi Cath (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering) and faculty at Yale University on a DOE Sponsored ARPA-E project ($2.6MM award over three years) to develop a novel Osmotic Heat Engine (OHE) that can be used to convert low grade waste heat to electricity. The project is supporting graduate students in the ETM and MEE programs who are working with Dr. Heeley to develop a technology commercialization model that can be used to assess the economic viability of the OHE technology in different markets and applications. Read more

Faculty and graduate students present at the Front Range Energy Camp May 18-19:
Dr. Pete Maniloff: Beneficial Leakage: The Effect of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Aggregate Emissions 
Dr. Ian Lange: Determining the Success of Carbon Capture and Storage Projects
Dr. Jared Carbone: An Evaluation of the Performance of Applied General Equilibrium Models on the Impacts of a Carbon Tax
Jacquelyn Pless: Bribes, Bureaucracies, and Blackouts: Towards Understanding How Corruption Impacts Electricity Reliability 
Brett Jordan: Behavior of multi-product mining firms
Mike Redlinger: Drilling Down the Bakken Learning Curve

PhD student Braeton Smith presented his work on material and system substitution in rare-earth magnets at the magnet workshop of the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), on May 6, hosted by Brown University. Read more

Professor Graham Davis is an Associate Editor of Elsevier's new Journal of Commodity Markets. The purpose of the journal is also to stimulate international dialog among academics, industry participants, traders, investors, and policymakers with mutual interests in commodity markets. The journal held its first Commodity Markets Workshop at University College of Oslo on May 20 and 21. MEE PhD students Francisco Sotomayor and Ernesto Guzman attended the workshop via sponsorship by the workshop organizers and the William J. Coulter Foundation. Read more

Assistant Professor Peter Maniloff is quoted in EnergyWire on March 20 discussing the long-term effect of cutting well drilling on shale oil in the U.S.

Mines faculty participated in an ERI-sponsored collaborative luncheon on January 28 to discuss interdisciplinary research efforts. ERI’s mini-grant program supports research efforts that integrate engineering/applied science and public policy issues. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.Read more

Dr. Ian Lange was the U.S. coal expert at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center Coal Supply Security workshop in Tokyo on March 20. He discussed the potential for the U.S. to export coal to the Pacific market and comment on threats to coal supply in the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific Energy Research Center is funded by the Japanese government and takes its objectives from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. 

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