Colorado School of Mines
New Faculty 2016-2017
(Includes AY 2015-16 January Starts)
Abdul-Rahman Arkadan, PhD - Teaching Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science. Before joining Colorado School of Mines as a Teaching Professor in the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (August, 2016), Dr. Arkadan
was a Research Professor at Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, (Sept., 2014 – July,
2016). He also served as Professor at and President of Rafik Hariri University,
Mechref, Lebanon (June 2004 to August 2014). Prior to that, he joined Marquette
University as an Assistant Professor (June, 1988) where he became an Associate Professor
(August, 1993) and Professor (August, 1998). He received his Bachelor of Science from
the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi (May 1980), his Masters of Science from
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia (August 1981) and his Ph.D. from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York (May
1988), all in Electrical Engineering.
His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Energy Conversion, Electric Machines and Drives, and
Design Optimization using Computational Electromagnetics and Artificial Intelligence Techniques. His research
applications are in Renewable and Efficient Energy and Power Systems, Micro---grids, Onboard Aerospace and
Marine Power Systems, and Hybrid Electric Vehicles. By securing funding (over a total of $2,500,000) for his
research projects from both private and government sources, such as the National Science Foundation, the US
Office of Naval Research, Sundstrand Aerospace, and GM---Delphi, among others, he was able to support the
graduate work of many students at the Masters and Ph.D. levels at Marquette University. Dr. Arkadan is the author
of over 100 technical papers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a
Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES). Dr. Arkadan chaired several international
conferences including the First IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEEE---IEMDC) held in
Milwaukee, WI (May, 1997) and the IEEE Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computations (IEEE---CEFC) held in
Chicago, IL (May, 2010). Currently he is the Editorial Board Chair of IEEE---CEFC 2016, to be held in Miami
Florida, November 13---16, 2016. Also, he is the chair of IEEE---CEFC International Steering Committee, ACES
Journal Associate Editor, and a member of ACES Board of Directors.
Michael Barankin, PhD – Teaching Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Michael studied Chemical Engineering with a focus on Semiconductor Manufacturing at the
University of CA, Los Angeles. While bouncing back and forth between UCLA (BS & PhD) and the
Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands (MS & Postdoc), he completed research on the
use of atmospheric pressure plasmas for coating deposition, along with the production of
nanoparticles and atomic clusters in plasma and spark discharges, respectively. Since then, his
research focus has shifted to Renewable Energy (e.g., biorefinery, power-to-gas), while working
at Entrance (the Energy Transition Centre of the Netherlands) and for the EUREC (EU Renewable
Energy Centres) Master’s program, and more informally to Educational topics.
From 2012 until joining Mines, Michael was a lecturer/researcher at the Hanze University of
Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands. Here he developed several unique tools, including flash lectures and lab
videos (mostly in Dutch), helping to lead the implementation of blended learning in his department. Teaching courses as
diverse as fluid mechanics or catalysis (Chem. Eng. core courses) to an interdisciplinary honors course (a laboratory
biology/chemistry course for students from other majors), he gained crucial experience and developed his teaching style
in the crucible of a foreign culture and language of instruction. These experiences have helped him to form a well-
rounded educational vision.
Melanie Brandt, MH – Teaching Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies.
Melanie Brandt received her Master of Humanities from the University of Colorado Denver
with emphases on American literature, history, and political science. For her thesis, she
investigated the power of humor to effect political and social change. Her work necessitated
multidisciplinary research and study thereby creating a platform for understanding some
fundamental elements of learning and communication that can be applied to many academic
disciplines. Melanie earned her bachelor's degree in literature and graduated summa cum
laude. She is interested in combining the humanities and STEM fields of study in innovative
ways that bolster and enhance learning experiences for students.
Melanie has taught a variety of writing and literature classes. Furthermore, she has taught in
Mines’ Design EPICS program since 2011. She was hired as a Teaching Assistant Professor in
LAIS in the spring of 2016 and will be teaching Nature and Human Values (NHV) and an integrated pilot course
combining NHV and Design EPICS.
Amy Clarke, PhD - Associate Professor, Metal urgical and Materials Engineering. Amy J.
Clarke is an Associate Professor in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and
Materials Engineering, Site Director for the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys
(CANFSA), and is affiliated with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center
(ASPPRC) at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). She is also a Guest Scientist at Los Alamos
National Laboratory (LANL). Her current research focuses on making, measuring, and modeling
metallic alloys during processing, including x-ray, proton, and electron imaging of multi-scale
solidification dynamics at national user facilities, the study of phase transformations and
microstructural evolution, and non-ferrous and ferrous physical metallurgy.
Amy earned her B.S. degree from Michigan Technological University (MTU) and her M.S. and Ph.D. from CSM in
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Prior to joining CSM, she was a Scientist and Seaborg Institute Postdoctoral
Fellow at LANL and Senior Engineer – Development/Research at Caterpillar Inc. Amy has received a U.S. DOE Office of
Science Early Career Research Program Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) –
the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early
stages of their independent research careers, the MTU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, The
Minerals, Metals, and Materials (TMS)/Federation of European Materials Societies and TMS/Japan Institute of Metals
Young Leader International Scholar Awards, a TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, and the Willy Korf
Award for Young Excellence for her work on steels.
She serves on TMS Board of Directors, Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source Users Organization
Steering Committee, the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions Joint Commission, Editorial Board of Scientific Reports
at nature.com, and MTU’s Presidential Council of Alumnae. Amy has also served on the Association for Iron and Steel
Technology (AIST) Board of Directors and as Chair of the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International and AIST Metallurgy –
Processing, Products and Applications Technology and TMS Phase Transformations Committees. She is also a member
of the TMS Solidification, Shaping and Forming, ad hoc Steels, and Diversity Committees, and the lead organizer of the
2016 TMS Diversity in the Materials, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM2) Summit.
Kester Clarke, PhD – Assistant Professor, Metal urgical and Materials Engineering. Dr.
Clarke recently joined the Colorado School of Mines as an assistant professor of metallurgical
and materials engineering, engaging in research with the Advanced Steel Processing and
Products Research Center and the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys. His
research interests include alloy development, material deformation and fabrication
processes, and the use of experimental and modeling methods to examine the effect of
material processing history and microstructure on mechanical properties and performance.
Dr. Kester Clarke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Materials
Science and Engineering from Wayne State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in metallurgical and materials engineering
from the Colorado School of Mines. He conducted postdoctoral research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been an
R&D scientist/engineer in the Materials Science & Technology: Metallurgy group serving as the technical lead for
thermal-mechanical processing of metals and metal component fabrication since 2011, and is currently a Visiting
Scientist at LANL.
He is active in the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals, &
Materials Society (TMS). He is currently on the AIST Board of Directors, after serving as chair of the AIST Metallurgy –
Processing, Products and Applications Technology committee. He is a past-chair of the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM
International and member of the ASM Web Committee, JOM advisor and vice-chair of the TMS Shaping & Forming
committee, and a member of the TMS Nuclear Materials, Phase Transformations, and Diversity committees.
Chris Coulston, PhD – Teaching Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science. Dr. Chris Coulston received his B.A. in Physics in 1989 from Slippery Rock University,
his B.S. 1991, a M.S. 1994 and a Ph.D. 1999 in Computer Engineering, all from the Pennsylvania
State University. Dr. Coulston taught at the University Park campus from 1993-1998.
Dr. Coulston was granted tenure as an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Penn State Erie in 2006. Starting in 2005 he served as chairperson of several
department including Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and
Computer Science. Dr. Coulston lead the successful ABET accreditation of these programs over 3
review cycles. In 2013 Dr. Coulston led an interdisciplinary group of faculty to start a Game
Development minor across the Penn State system. The fol owing year Dr. Coulston took a
sabbatical and served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs.
He received the best paper award for Constructing Exact Octagonal Steiner Minimal Trees, at the Great Lakes
Symposium on Circuits and Systems, April. Dr. Coulston co-authored Design for Electrical and Computer Engineers:
Theory, Concepts and Practice. New York: McGraw-Hil Higher Education, 2007, 336 pp., with Dr. Ralph Ford, chancel or
and former director of the School of Engineering.
Kristine Csavina, PhD - Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering. Kristine (Kristy) Csavina
has academic, clinical and industry experience that she brings to Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Csavina received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Dayton
in 1992 and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from Arizona State University in 2003. Her research
interests include motion analysis of human motion in movement disorders, orthopedics and
sports, human motion aided by wearable technologies, and engineering education research in
student learning and pedagogical approaches.
Csavina comes to CSM from Arizona State University, where she was associate director for
engineering program innovation in The Polytechnic School Engineering and Manufacturing
Engineering programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She was the lead instructor
for the two-semester senior capstone design experience, where she taught design and professional skil s and managed
over 20 student teams on eProjects (industry-partnered capstone experiences). She was also active with the ABET
accreditation, helping to develop the course assessment and program evaluation process for the department. Prior to
ASU, Csavina was founding faculty in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. As an
assistant professor from 2007-2012, she helped develop the curriculum for the bioengineering design courses and for
biomechanics, and was involved in teaching courses from the sophomore to senior levels. Csavina had active research in
biomechanics in partnership with physical therapy faculty at FGCU, including studies with Parkinson’s disease and stroke
Brandon Dugan, PhD – Associate Professor, Geophysics. Brandon is a hydrogeologist who
couples theory, experiments, and models to understand the interactions of fluids and solids in
Earth’s shallow crust. Brandon’s research group has been using this approach to study natural
resources (water, oil, and gas), natural hazards (landslides, earthquakes), and carbon storage. To
inform and to test theoretical models and to collect experimental samples, Brandon regularly
participates in geophysical, geological, and drilling field programs (11 total field projects, 4 as co-
chief scientist). As an Earth science community member, Brandon is a member of the
Environmental Protection and Safety Panel of the International Ocean Discovery Program, a
member of the NSF GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee, and regularly reviews for
journals and funding agencies. Brandon also served as a distinguished lecturer for Ocean
Leadership to share ocean science with universities and communities. Before joining the
Geophysics faculty at Colorado School of Mines, Brandon earned a bachelor's degree in geo-engineering (1997,
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) and a Ph.D. in geosciences (2003, Penn State University), completed a Mendenhal
post-doctoral fellowship (2004, US Geological Survey), and was an assistant (2005-2012) and associate (2012-2016)
professor of Earth Science at Rice University.
Gregory Fasshauer, PhD – Professor and Department Head, Applied Mathematics and
Statistics. Greg Fasshauer is joining Mines as Professor and Head of the Department of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics. Greg spent the last 19 years at the Illinois Institute of Technology in
Chicago, where he was Professor and Associate Department Chair of Applied Mathematics. He
holds Diplom and Staatsexam degrees in Mathematics and English from the University of
Stuttgart, Germany, as well as an MA and a PhD, both in Mathematics, from Vanderbilt
University. Before joining IIT he spent two years as a visiting assistant professor in the
Department of Mathematics at Northwestern University.
Greg’s research interests lie in computational mathematics with a particular focus on the theory
and applications of kernel-based approximation methods. His research has been supported by
the NSF and he has authored two major monographs on kernel-based methods. Greg is also
passionate about teaching, and at IIT he was able to help create an environment for excellence in teaching and learning
through his activities as Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Applied Math Department and Distinguished Teaching
Fellow of the Col ege of Science.
Tülay Flamand, PhD – Assistant Professor, Economics and Business. Tulay Flamand has
received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Management
Science. Previously, she obtained her B.S degree in Mathematical Engineering at Yıldız
Technical University, and her M.S degree in Industrial Engineering at Istanbul Technical
University. Her research interests lie at the interface of operations management and
marketing science with a strong methodological anchor in analytics and optimization.
Particularly, her research focuses on retail analytics and novel optimization models for
store-wide shelf space allocation and the maximization of consumer impulse purchases.
Diego Armando Gomez Gualdron, PhD – Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological
Engineering. Diego A. Gómez Gualdrón, Ph.D., is a newly hired Assistant Professor in the
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. A highly
interdisciplinary researcher positioned at the intersection of chemical engineering,
materials science and chemistry, he has contributed to the development of nanomaterials
for applications in energy technologies and chemical processing. Dr. Gómez-Gualdrón has
accomplished this through the application and development of molecular modeling and
other computational methods to investigate and predict the thermodynamic, kinetic and electronic properties of
Dr. Gómez-Gualdrón obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia
and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University. During his Ph.D., he investigated ways to
design “chiral selective” catalysts that could produce structurally homogeneous carbon nanotube samples during large-
scale, chemical vapor deposition synthesis. For this work he was granted in 2012 the Silver Graduate Student Award
from the Materials Research Society (MRS). As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, Dr. Gómez-Gualdrón
applied his expertise in molecular modeling, in close collaboration with experimentalists, to develop new metal-organic
frameworks for applications in storage of gas fuels, carbon capture and catalysis. For this work he was granted in 2014
the Outstanding Researcher Award from the International Institute for Nanotechnology (INN).
Dr. Gómez-Gualdrón has authored or co-authored a patent, a book chapter and more than twenty peer-reviewed
publications in prestigious journals. He is a passionate teacher and mentor with extensive experience advising graduate
and undergraduate student researchers.
Richard Hunt, PhD – Assistant Professor, Economics and Business. Richard (“Rick”) A.
Hunt (Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder) will join the Colorado School of Mines as
an Assistant Professor of Economics and Business, in January 2017. Previously, he held an
appointment in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute in Blacksburg, VA, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in
strategic management and entrepreneurship. He also served as VT’s Faculty Research
Director at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Rick’s research examines the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy,
including entrepreneurial environments, advantageous knowledge, new sector formation, modes of market entry, and
early-stage operational behavior. His approach employs transactions as the unit of analysis in order to capture meso-
level effects, and he often juxtaposes contemporary data and distant, historical data in order to overcome proximity
biases and inject a longitudinal dimension into the inquiry. Rick has published his research in Journal of Management
Studies, Organizational Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, European
Innovation Journal, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, and the Academy of
Management’s Best Paper Proceedings. His work has received more than a dozen best paper awards including
recognition as the outstanding doctoral dissertation of 2014 by the Academy of Management.
Prior to his doctoral studies at CU-Boulder, Rick worked in Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the United States as a finance and
planning executive in the pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors. He was also the co-founder and president of a
successful start-up that provides customized environmental services throughout the Western United States. In addition
to his Ph.D., Rick holds degrees from Rice (B.A.), Harvard (M.A.) and Stanford (M.B.A.).
Kristoph-Dietrich Kinzli, PhD – Teaching Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Kristoph-Dietrich Kinzli joined CSM as a Teaching Professor in the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering in December, 2016. He graduated from Colorado State
University with a Bachelor's of Science in civil engineering in 2003. During his time as a
Bachelor's student he also studied at the Technische Universitaet Dortmund, in
Dortmund Germany. His MS in civil engineering (2005), MS in Fisheries Biology (2008),
and Ph.D in Civil Engineering (2010) were also obtained at Colorado State University. His
dissertation research focused on improving irrigation water use efficiency along the
Middle Rio Grande. In 2008 Dr. Kinzli received the Borland Graduate Research Award in
Hydraulics. He was also the recipient of National Science Foundation Fast Track Scholarships in 2006 and 2007.
Dr. Kinzli has worked on research projects in Colorado with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and in New Mexico with
the Interstate Stream Commission, the Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico Tech, and the Middle Rio Grande
Conservancy District. To date, Dr. Kinzli has presented his research at over 45 conferences and published 18 peer
reviewed articles in engineering journals such as: River Research and Applications, ASCE Journal of Irrigation and
Drainage Engineering, and Agricultural Water Management. He is currently an Editor for Irrigation and Drainage -
Managing Water for Sustainable Agriculture. He is a member of ASCE, ASEE, AWRA, USCID, Chi Epsilon, and the
American Fisheries Society.
Dr. Kinzli is highly involved with the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop and has been selected as an assistant mentor
three times (2012, 2014, 2016). In 2014 Dr. Kinzli was awarded the ASCE ExCEED New Faculty Excellence in Teaching
Award and in 2015 he was selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. His favorite
classes to teach include Senior Design, Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Hydraulics, and River Mechanics. His research
interests include engineering teaching pedagogy, open channel hydraulics, river mechanics, stream rehabilitation,
groundwater, water resources, agricultural water use, fisheries biology, and ecological restoration.
Adrianne Kroepsch, PhD – Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies. I am an
environmental governance scholar with interdisciplinary training and a research focus on the
relationship between extractive industries and communities in the American West. More
specifically, I study unconventional oil and gas extraction in Colorado with a focus on conflict
and compromise between community, industry, and state actors, as partly mediated by
technology. Additional areas of study include environmental and science communication,
water politics and policy, community learning and adaptation to wildfire, and the human
relationship to the subsurface – all with an emphasis on the American West. I draw
theoretically and methodologically from political ecology, science and technology studies,
environmental history, and environmental policy. I prioritize cross-disciplinary collaboration
and public engagement in my work. I earned my PhD and MA from the University of Colorado
in Environmental Studies and Geography, respectively. While at C.U., I was also a graduate
instructor and researcher at the Center of the American West and a co-founder of the Colorado Water and Energy
Center. My undergraduate degree is in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University. Between
undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked for several years as a journalist covering science and technology policy in
Karin Leiderman, PhD – Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Karin Leiderman
has been an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Natural Sciences at the
University of California Merced for the past four years. Prior to joining the Faculty at UC Merced in
2012, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University
(2010-2012) and received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 2010. Dr.
Leiderman’s research is aimed at understanding biological systems through the use of mathematics,
mathematical modeling, and numerical computation. For her Ph.D. thesis, she developed a spatial-
temporal mathematical model of the formation of blood clots under flow and was awarded the
SIAM student paper prize for this work. For her postdoc, she worked to develop numerical methods
for fluid/structure interaction problems involving low Reynolds number and porous media flow. Dr.
Leiderman has general interest and expertise in computational modeling of blood
clotting, biological fluid dynamics, biomechanics, biochemistry, flow through porous materials, and scientific computing.
Alexei Milkov, PhD - Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering. Dr. Alexei V. Milkov is a
Full Professor and Director of Potential Gas Agency at Colorado School of Mines. After
receiving Ph.D. from Texas A&M University (2001), Dr. Milkov worked for three E&P
companies (BP, Sasol and Murphy Oil), explored for conventional and unconventional oil and
gas in 30+ basins on six continents and participated in the discovery of 4 Billions BOE. He has
deep expertise in exploration risk analysis, resource assessments, petroleum systems
and oil&gas geochemistry. Dr. Milkov has 130 publications (including 43 peer-reviewed
articles) and received several industry awards for his contribution to petroleum geosciences.
Jennifer L. Miskimins, PhD - Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering. Dr. Jennifer L.
Miskimins is an Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Petroleum
Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Miskimins holds BS, MS, and
PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the petroleum
industry. Between her BS and graduate degrees, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a
variety of locations as a production engineer and supervisor. Dr. Miskimins started teaching at
CSM in 2002 and was full-time until 2013 when she returned to industry. From 2013-2016,
she continued to hold a part-time appointment at CSM, advising research and graduate
students, while working for Barree & Associates. In 2016, she returned full-time to the
Dr. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is
the founder and current co-Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also co-
directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the
optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies.
Dr. Miskimins is currently the Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors. She was an
SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. Dr.
Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees and as a technical editor for various journals. She is a
registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).
Ashlyn Munson, PhD – Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
Ashlyn Munson completed her PhD in Statistics at the Colorado School of Mines, under the
advising of Dr. William Navidi, where she studied efficient methods of case-control sampling.
She has spent the last seven years as an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics department at
Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where she advised the Statistics minor within the
Natural Sciences. While at PLU, her research efforts were mainly focused on the assessment and
development of new curriculum methodology in the STEM disciplines. Teaching is her passion,
and as an Associate Teaching Professor she hopes to collaborate with her new colleagues in a
variety of classes. Although she will miss the Pacific Northwest, she and her family are very
excited about returning to Golden, CO and Colorado School of Mines.
Oyvind Nilsen, PhD – Teaching Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Oyvind Nilsen
grew up in Tønsberg, Norway. He has extensive background as an engineer, scientist, and
educator, with interests in product development and innovation. He earned his PhD from
University of Colorado in Mechanical Engineering, and also has mechanical engineering degree
from his home country of Norway. His research experience includes mechanics of materials,
optics, sensors, physical modelling and MEMS and micro fluidics.
He was recently the Director of Manufacturing and Co-founder of BiOptix Diagnostics Inc. in Boulder, Co, as well as an
adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the Mechanical Engineering Department. During his time at
BiOptix he took a technology developed earlier in graduate school and developed it into a commercial product, an
optical biosensor system. His key expertise is in design, manufacturing, advanced system integration, thermal and fluidic
system design and optics and sensors. In addition to the professional experience at BiOptix, Dr. Nilsen has industrial
experience from Norway, working mainly designing tools for the oil industry, as well as time as a Naval Officer.
Andrew Pederson, MT – Teaching Associate Professor, Economics and Business. Andy
Pederson, age 31, has been working with Investment Evaluations Corporation since March
of 2010. In 2007 he received his B.A. in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University and has
a Masters degree in Taxation from Denver University in the College of Law, August 2012.
From 2012 thru 2015 Andy has worked as an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Economics
and Business teaching Engineering Economics to undergraduate students at Colorado School
of Mines (CSM). In 2011 Andy served as a Teaching Assistant for the academic courses
taught in the Division of Economics and Business, and the Division of Chemical and
Biological Engineering at CSM. As an Adjunct Professor, Andy lectured and worked in course
development and assisting students in building their understanding of the concepts presented in class. More than 1200
combined undergraduate and graduate students have taken this course over the last three years at CSM.
While working with Investment Evaluations Corporation, Andy has lectured in the Colorado School of Mines public short
courses through SPACE, as well as in-house courses for over 20 companies teaching Economic Evaluation and
Investment Decision Methods. Andy is also responsible revision work leading in part to the 15th Edition of the course
textbook Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods 14th Edition by Stermole & Stermole
Prior to working for Investment Evaluations Corporation Andy worked for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap County’s where
Andy gained management and budgeting experience, managing a branch, writing the budget, and developing and
teaching programs for adults as wel as running youth development programs for inner city youth.
Andrew Petruska, PhD – Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering. Andrew Petruska
graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA in 2005 with dual B.S. degrees in
Mechanical Engineering and Physics as well as an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. For the
next four years, he worked as a Design Engineer at ATK Launch Systems in Utah, USA and was
responsible for designing, testing, and qualifying solid rocket motor components. In 2010, he
enrolled at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA and was awarded an NSF IGERT Fellowship
to study noncontact magnetic manipulation. He received his PhD in 2014 after developing the
first real-time reconfigurable magnetic manipulation system. In 2014, he joined the Multiscale
Robotics Laboratory in the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zurich and was
awarded a Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems fellowship, where he currently
investigating the magnetic manipulation of needles, endoscopes, and catheters. His research
interests are in the areas of complex system modeling and design, dynamics and control, advanced magnetic
manipulation, and search and rescue robotics.
Angus Rockett, PhD – Professor and Department Head, Metal urgical and Materials
Engineering. Angus Rockett is the Head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials
Engineering and the Colorado School of Mines and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of
Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. Angus holds a Sc.B. in Physics from
Brown University (1980) and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy/Materials Science and Engineering from the
University of Illinois (1986). He has won numerous awards for teaching and advising from the
College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. He was President in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Vacuum
Society; was the 2012 Program Chair and the 2016 General Chair of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference; and
was a rotating Research Program Administrator at the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy
in 2000. He has studied the basic science of solar cell materials and the operation of solar cell devices for 28 years using
virtually all of the common materials microchemical and microstructural analysis techniques from SIMS and TEM to STM
and photoluminescence. Angus’ group has also developed numerical models of photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical
cells. He has also worked on self-assembled nanostructures, MEMS devices, silicide reactions for VLSI contacts, Si-Ge
oxidation kinetics for gate dielectrics, superconducting cavity resonators as temperature probes, and optical
spectroscopic analysis of combustion. He is an AVS Short Course Instructor for the Photovoltaics and Sputter Deposition
of Thin Films short courses and has given short courses at the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, the Materials
Research Society, and in China, Mexico, Sweden, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and elsewhere. He has published over
200 papers and has given many invited and plenary talks on subjects related to his research. Angus is also a program
evaluator for the Accrediation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and an associate editor of the Journal of
Jamal Rostami, PhD – Associate Professor and Timothy J. Haddon/Alacer Gold Chair,
Mining Engineering. Dr. Rostami was born in Tehran and was admitted to university of
Tehran (UT), Faculty of Engineering (Fanni) in 1983 and started his studies towards
Mining Engineering and graduated first in his class in 1987. He subsequently started his
graduate degree at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in 1989 and got his MSc and PhD in
mining engineering in 92 and 97, respectively. He was hired as a research faculty at CSM
immediately after his graduation and continued at this position till 2000. Simultaneously,
he was a faculty at Univ. of Tehran from 1988 through 2002 teaching in mining
engineering dept. Dr. Rostami was a full time consultant with major A&E companies
from 2002 till 2007 when he joined the Pennsylvania State University (PSU), as Centennial Chair of Carrier Development
in Mining at the department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. He has over 26 years of experience in design,
management, research, and teaching in the field of mining, tunneling, and underground construction. Dr. Rostami is a
registered Professional Engineering (PE) in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has published over 50 peer
reviewed journal publication and 150 conference papers and many technical reports. He is a member of SME, ASCE,
ARMA, ISEE, IRSME, IRRMS, and TRB AFF-60 tunneling committee. He is the 2013 chair of the professional engineering
exam committee, and has been a member of the structure and governance (S&G) as well as Education and professional
development strategic committee of the society of mining engineers (SME). Dr. Rostami was named the recipient 2014
of the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) 2014 Stephen McCann Memorial Educational Excellence
Award. He is one of the editors of Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, and member of editorial board of
Mining Engineering and Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering journals. He is also the founder of Professors Without
Borders (PWOB) and a founding member of Iranian American Academics and Professionals (IAAP), and member of the
board of directors of the Child Foundation.
Gregory Rulifson, PhD – Teaching Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International
Studies. Greg Rulifson earned his PhD at CU Boulder by studying how students’
understanding of the relationship between social responsibility and engineering changed
throughout col ege. Before his PhD study, he worked as a structural engineer in the San
Francisco Bay Area where he earned his professional engineer license and a healthy
respect for contractors in urban contexts. Greg earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Global
Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley where he developed a strong desire to use engineering to facilitate developing
communities' capacity for success. He brings significant global experience: with GeoHazards International, he helped
coordinate design between stakeholders for the Tsunami Evacuation Raised Earthen Park in Padang, Indonesia; in
Western Nicaragua, he engineered the structure of a rammed-earth community center in a rural village by collaborating
with US and Nicaragua-based NGOs, contractors, and community.
At the School of Mines, Greg teaches in Humanitarian Engineering, EPICS, and core LAIS courses. He co-advises the
Mines Without Borders team and is a liaison to poverty alleviation organizations through the Posner Center for
International Development in Denver.
Joseph Samaniuk, PhD – Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Joe
recently completed a postdoc in the Soft Materials group within the Department of
Materials at ETH Zürich. His research there focused on the dynamics of soft matter systems
at fluid-fluid interfaces for the purpose of developing advanced materials such as
conductive thin films, and 2D polymer membranes.
Joe obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for
his work investigating the rheological properties of lignocellulosic biomass in the
laboratory of Daniel Klingenberg. His MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering were
earned at Virginia Tech. After obtaining his doctorate he was awarded a Pegasus Marie
Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Belgian science foundation Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) to
investigate the use of microrheological methods at fluid-fluid interfaces in the laboratory of Jan Vermant, within the
Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven.
At ETH Joe continued to work on interfacial phenomena with a greater focus on developing advanced materials from
systems at fluid-fluid interfaces. His research interests focus on linking microstructure and material behavior; links that
enable one to design new experimental methods for the laboratory, formulate novel advanced materials, and propose
new strategies for solving important industrial problems.
Meenakshi Singh, PhD - Assistant Professor, Physics. Meenakshi Singh is a post-doctoral scholar
at Sandia National Laboratories. Her research targets the development of semiconducting
quantum computers with a focus towards donor based spin qubits. She graduated with a Ph. D.
in Physics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Her Ph. D. thesis was focused on
quantum transport in nanowires. Meenakshi has co-authored more than a dozen publications
including an invited chapter to the book “Superconductors – Properties, Technology and
Applications” and has received several awards for excellence in coursework and research. In
addition to research, Meenakshi is interested in science education and outreach. She has
mentored five undergraduate students participating in NSFs Research for Undergraduates (REU)
program. Her service record includes serving as treasurer for the Physics and Astronomy for
Women Society at Penn State that provides a forum to discuss issues facing women seeking
scientific degrees and careers. She has continuing research interest in superconductivity and macroscopic quantum
phenomena - with a view towards hybridizing superconductors with other systems to access novel
phenomena and applications.
Bethany Wilcox, PhD – Teaching Assistant Professor, Physics. After completing her B.A. in physics
and astronomy, Bethany received her Ph.D. in Physics from University of Colorado Boulder. Her
thesis research was in the field of Physics Education Research with a specific focus on student
learning in upper-division undergraduate physics courses. During her graduate career, she studied
students' use of sophisticated mathematical tools during physics problem solving in order to better understand the
chal enges that students encounter in this process. She also developed and demonstrated the statistical validity of a
multiple-response conceptual assessment designed to measure students' reasoning around topics in upper-division
electrostatics. After completing her Ph.D. in 2015, Bethany accepted a post-doctoral position during which she was
responsible for the statistical validation of another research-based assessment, this time targeting students views on the
nature of experimental physics. This work involved the collection, management, and analysis of student responses from
multiple courses and institutions across the country. In addition to her research activities, Bethany has also engaged in a
number of teaching, service, and outreach activities. She is an organizing member of the University of Colorado Women
in Physics group and has volunteered with several of University of Colorado's physics and astronomy outreach
programs. She is also a strong advocate for working to make physics a discipline that explicitly supports and encourages
the participation of historically underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities.
Jennifer Wilcox, PhD – Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Jennifer
Wilcox is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at
the Colorado School of Mines. Her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2004 is from the
University of Arizona, and her B.A. in Mathematics in 1998 is from Wellesley College. She
received an ARO Young Investigator Award (Membrane Design for Optimal Hydrogen
Separation), an ACS PRF Young Investigator Award (Heterogeneous Kinetics of Mercury in
Combustion Flue Gas), and an NSF CAREER Award (Arsenic and Selenium Speciation in
Combustion Flue Gas). Within her research group, she focuses on trace metal and CO2
capture. Her research involves the coupling of theory to experiment to test newly designed
materials for sorbent or catalytic potential. She has served on a number of committees including the National Academy
of Sciences and the American Physical Society to assess CO2 capture methods and impacts on climate. She is the author
of the first textbook on Carbon Capture, published in March 2012.