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Ben L. Fryrear Ph.D. Fellowship in Computational Science

The Colorado School of Mines Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics is pleased to offer the Ben L. Fryrear Ph.D. Fellowship in Computational Science. The fellowship includes up to four years of full tuition, benefits, $33k yearly stipend, and a budget for conference travel. The first six semesters will consist of research activities with Dr. Paul G. Constantine, the Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Research areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • uncertainty quantification
  • dimension reduction and reduced-order modeling
  • algorithms for high-performance computing
  • computational methods for differential equations
  • data analysis and visualization
For the final two semesters, the Fryrear Fellow will be the instructor of record for an undergraduate mathematics class.

Applicants must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate program in computational and applied mathematics. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in computational science. To apply, follow the standard procedure for applying to graduate school at CSM; the deadline is February 1, 2015. Directions can be found at

Additionally, applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a two-page personal statement addressing research interests and qualifications to by February 1, 2015. Early submission of these documents is strongly encouraged.

About CSM

Founded in 1874, CSM is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world's institutions of higher education. Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention.

CSM is located in Golden, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountain front range---a short drive to Denver, Boulder, and some of the world's best ski resorts and national parks.

About Ben L. Fryrear, Class of '62

Ben L. Fryrear served as president of Aerospace Optics, Inc., from its start-up in 1970 until his retirement in 2000. He continues to serve on the board of directors. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the firm established itself as the technical leader in illuminated push button switches and programmable display products for the aircraft and aerospace industries.

Fryrear's CSM education was interrupted by a two-year stint in the U.S. Army. While attending Mines after returning from the Army, he worked as a chemical process operator and supervisor at Coors Porcelain Atomic Energy Division in Golden, Colorado. He earned his degree in metallurgical engineering in 1962 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Aerospace Optics, he worked as a metallurgical engineer trainee at Alcoa Research Labs in New Kensington, Pennsylvania; a manager of final inspection at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio; an industrial engineering at McCall Publishing in Dayton, Ohio; and as vice president of manufacturing at Conti Engravers in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1989, Fryrear was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Colorado School of Mines. He also received the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Honorary Member Award. He served Mines as a member of the Engineering Division's visiting committee and is a member of the President's Council. Fryrear was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers-Aircraft Lighting.

Shortly before retiring, Fryrear obtained a graduate gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America. In retirement, he has concentrated on philanthropic projects, focusing on student scholarships and faculty fellowships at several universities and colleges.

In 2006, Fryrear and his wife moved to Jacksonville, Florida, to be near children and grandchildren. He enjoys gemology, traveling, reading, tennis, and road trips in his Morgan.