Highlights from Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Colorado School of Mines’ Robot Pentathlon team made history on March 18, 2017, becoming the first team from Mines to win the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ E-Fest West Student Design Competition. Mines undergraduate students Daniel Schmerge, a sophomore in mechanical engineering; Jacob Aas, a junior in physics and mechanical engineering; and John Wiens, a freshman in computer science, competed against 10 other teams at the conference, which took place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.Full Story>>
Colorado School of Mines Computer Science Assistant Professor Hua Wang has received an NSF CAREER Award for a research project to create a new machine-learning model for mining various kinds of data that could lead to easier, earlier and less-costly detection of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Full Story>>
Associate Professor Qi Han has been awarded an NSF grant to improve communications in underground mines. A collaboration with CSU and Mining Engineering at Mines, the project will design, prototype and test a novel framework of low-cost, energy-efficient and reliable sensor nodes and commodity smartphones to improve safety in mining. Full Story>>
Division Director and Professor Tracy Camp is part of a multidisciplinary team, led by CEE Professor Tzahi Cath, that received a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative monitoring and control system for small wastewater treatment facilities.
The project, titled “Self-Correcting Energy-Efficient Water Reclamation Systems for Tailored Water Reuse at Decentralized Facilities,” draws on the bioreactor at Mines Park, which treats more than 7,000 gallons of domestic wastewater each day, and will integrate existing and new wireless sensor networks to monitor water quality and for process monitoring and control. Full Story>>
Congratulations to Computer Science professors Jeff Paone, Cyndi Rader and Chuan Yue, who were selected as three of the seven inaurgural Daniels Fund Fellows. Paone and Rader's proposal includes an ethics instruction overhaul, revolving around timely issues such as the use of drones and data mining. Yue's proposal discusses responsibilities that arise in addressing cyber terrorism and information warfare. Full Story>>
Congratulations to Professor Dinesh Mehta, who was recently selected as theFaculty Senate president. Mehta is also serving as Associate Editor for "Data Structures and Algorithms," a publication of ACM Computing Surveys.
The White House hosted a summit on Computer Science for All, on September 14, 2016, to mark progress on expanding computer science (CS) education and celebrate new commitments in support of the effort. CS@Mines is a key member of the initiative and committed to doubling its outreach to CS educators in 2017. Full Story>>
Despite computer science continuing to be a high-growth, high-paying field, many schools still do not offer computer science electives. In an effort to influence which courses students take in high school, and which courses are offered, Colorado School of Mines has updated its recommended high school course list to include computer science electives, in addition to science and engineering electives. Full Story>>
Highlights from Academic Year 2015 - 2016
Professor Tracy Camp presented the 2016 Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecture, "Putting a Dent in the Universe," on March 30, focusing on how we innovate and impact the world. She challenged Mines to consider requiring every student to take at least one coding course. She also emphasized how diverse groups lead to better and faster problem-solving. One of the most moving parts of her presentation was the story of when Dr. Camp received her 2013 ACM Fellow Award. A coordinator mistook her for the spouse of a fellow and gestured her to leave the stage, saying, "This photo is only for the actual Fellows." That photo can be seen above in the bottom right corner.
Even if you missed the talk, you can take the Implicit Bias test referenced in Dr. Camp's talk.
Professor Tracy Camp and ME undergraduate Sean Patrick McGinley received the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award. The MLK award honors Mines community members who are exceptional in their appreciation for diversity and understanding of its value on the Mines campus. Dr. Camp was recognized for her leadership in developing Discovering Technology, an after-school STEM program for elementary school girls focused on computer science. Sean McGinley was recognized for his involvement in LGBTQ activities on campus and commitment to improving diversity at Mines.
Assistant Professor Bo Wu and his collaborator, Xu Liu from the College of William and Mary, won the Best Paper Award for "ScaAnalyzer: A Tool to Identify Memory Scalability Bottlenecks in Parallel Programs" at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, on November 20, 2015, in Austin Texas.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $998,507 over three years to Colorado School of Mines Computer Science Professor Tracy Camp, Teaching Professor Cyndi Rader, and Christy Moroye, associate professor from the University of Northern Colorado, for C-START: Colorado – STrategic Approach to Rally Teachers.
C-START aims to change the current landscape of high school computer science in Colorado. The objectives of the grant are to improve the skills of existing computer science teachers in Colorado, share best practices in computer science pedagogy, and positively change the diversity of students in existing and new computer science courses. Full Story>>