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AY 2016 - 2017

Team DiggerLoop, a group of 14 mechanical and electrical engineering seniors at the Colorado School of Mines, was awarded first place in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences (CECS) Spring Senior Design Trade Fair on April 27, 2017. The team’s winning design was part of a national competition to design a pod that can travel on SpaceX’s high-speed transportation Hyperloop track—Mines recently became one of 27 teams to advance to the final competition weekend in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition II.

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), a Colorado School of Mines research consortium focused on 3-D metal printing technologies, has been awarded about $1.5 million by the Department of Defense to connect research and development centers with defense contractors via a centralized, artificially intelligent database, allowing manufacturers to respond more quickly to changing demands.

A solar-powered LED system that alerts motorists to cyclists in bike lanes won the Colorado Department of Transportation’s RoadX challenge May 3, 2017, part of the spring innovation design competition for the EPICS 151 course at Colorado School of Mines.

A Colorado School of Mines team of 14 undergraduate students has advanced to the final competition weekend in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition II in California later this summer. Team DiggerLoop is made up of Mines seniors who are taking part in the competition for their CECS Senior Design Capstone project. They advanced after their design was reviewed for the final time by SpaceX engineers on March 21. This was one of several design reviews since November 2016. The competition asked student teams from around the world to design a pod that can travel on SpaceX’s high-speed transportation Hyperloop track. Over 1,000 teams began their work last fall, and only 24 of them, including the Mines team, advanced to the final competition weekend.

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on advancing 3-D metal printing based at Colorado School of Mines, has been recognized for contributing to the area’s economic vitality by the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation. ADAPT received the Genesis Award at Jeffco EDC’s 24th annual Industry Appreciation Awards Breakfast, held Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Arvada, Colo.

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 electrical engineering and computer science, competed against 10 other teams at the conference, which took place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their remote-controlled robot competed in five different events designed to test its speed, strength and ability, and the technical design skills of its creators: stair climbing, weightlifting, sprinting, throwing a tennis ball and hitting a golf ball. The team walked away with wins in the stair climb, weightlifting and throwing events, as well as the overall championship. 

At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything particularly unique about the 16-foot-long canoe christened “Let It Row” docked in the basement of Brown Hall. It’s only upon a closer inspection that it’s clear this vessel weighs roughly 200 pounds more than even the heaviest aluminum canoe. Why? The canoe is made out of concrete. “Yes, we do put our concrete canoe in the water,” said Peyton Gibson, the project manager of the 2016-17 Mines concrete canoe competition senior design team. “Hopefully it will float this year.” The American Society of Civil Engineers hosts a competition every year, challenging student engineers to design and build a workable canoe made of concrete. The goal of the competition is to provide students with hands-on engineering experience and build awareness of new concrete technologies and applications. The Mines design team has had all hands on deck designing a (relatively) light-weight yet sturdy canoe using unique add mixtures to the concrete.

The number of computer science majors at doctoral-granting institutions has tripled in the past decade, challenging departments and universities to meet the demand, according to a report recently released by a committee led by the head of the Department of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines. The report, called Generation CS, was released February 24, 2017, by the Computing Research Association’s Enrollment Committee, chaired by Computer Science Professor Tracy Camp. It traces enrollment numbers going back to 2006.

Colorado School of Mines has received a $7.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a University Transportation Center (UTC), focused on improving the durability and lifespan of underground transportation. James R. Paden Distinguished Professor Marte Gutierrez from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the lead on this interdisciplinary project that draws on the expertise and reputation of Mines’ Center for Underground Construction and Tunneling (UC&T). Other CEE faculty involved include Professor and UC&T Director Mike Mooney, Assistant Professor Shiling Pei and Associate Professor Panos Kiousis, as well as faculty from Mining Engineering, Geophysics and Geology.

Computer Science Professor and Division Director Tracy Camp, Mechanical Engineering and Department Head Greg Jackson and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Debra Lasich have been awarded ~$650K for a new NSF project titled Path Ambassadors To High Success, in order to attract low-income academically talented students from Colorado to study computer science at Mines. The PATHS program will offer between 10 and 20 NSF-funded scholarships per year, as well as build the infrastructure to recruit, retrain and enable low-income students to succeed. PATHS project partners include leaders across student-service departments at Mines.

 

Associate Professor Chris Higgins (CEE) has received a $1.5 million award from the DoD  Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to further investigate how highly-fluorinated organic chemicals are released, travel and react to other contaminants.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professors John McCray and Junko Munakata-Marrare featured in an NSF Science Nation video on ReNUWIt, Re-Inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
 

Tissa Illangasekare, distinguished chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado School of Mines, received the Groundwater Prize for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), one of the most prestigious awards for water research and the highest international honor in the field of groundwater, on Nov. 2, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, hosted by the U.N. Friends of Water and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Civil and environmental engineering professors Timothy StrathmannChris Bellona and Chris Higgins have been awarded $898,147 by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center to design and conduct a field demonstration of the technology for treating water contaminated with perfluorochemicals.

Assistant Professor Shiling Pei (CEE) aims to develop a seismic design methodology over the next four years for resilient tall wood buildings. Pei is the principal investigator of a $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation for the project, which aims to build and test a 10-story timber building on the shake table at University of California San Diego. 

Governor John Hickenlooper on a tour of the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) advanced characterization center. The governor also used the occasion to announce October as Manufacturing Month in Colorado and to meet with manufacturing leaders to discuss the growth of the sector and the role of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s (OEDIT) Advanced Industry Infrastructure grant programs. He is pictured here with ADAPT Technical Director Professor Aaron Stebner and Co-Director Assistant Professor Douglas Van Bossuyt.

Professor Tzahi and a student take readings from a water system

An interdisciplinary team, led by the Ben L. Fryrear Professor Tzahi Cath (CEE), has 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. The team includes Professor Tracy Camp (CS) and Assistant Professor Salman Mohagheghi (EE).
 

Mines Mechanical Engineering faculty are part of a project that has been awarded $1.6 million to improve the design of soft magnetic materials, which would increase the efficiency of electrical systems. Mechanical Engineering professors Aaron Stebner and Cristian Ciobanu are collaborating with faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Minnesota on the project, titled “Accelerated Soft Magnetic Alloy Design and Synthesis Guided by Theory and Simulations.”

 

Mines has received $2.1 million from the Department of Energy to fund three projects led by faculty in the interdisciplinary Nuclear Science and Engineering Program.

Associate Professor Mark Deinert (ME) has been awarded $800K through the DOE's Nuclear Energy University Programs to develop an intuitive web-based tool that will allow technical and non-technical audiences to compare different energy generation options by their cost, carbon intensity, resource use, capacity, and reliability.

ME Assistant Professor Douglas Van Bossuyt (ME) is co-PI, with MME Associate Professor Jeffrey King as PI, on a $500K award to study how stainless steel and Inconel alloys, produced using a range of additive manufacturing techniques, perform when irradiated. This study will offer insights into the viability of additively manufactured parts for nuclear reactor applications, among other objectives.

The Combustion Institute awarded its highest honor, the Bernard Lewis Gold Medal, to Colorado School of Mines George R. Brown Distinguished Professor Robert J. Kee (ME) at the 36th International Symposium on Combustion August 5 in Seoul, South Korea. Kee received the award in honor of his research in the field of combustion, particularly on pioneering development of chemically reacting flow simulations and the CHEMKIN family of models. The institute also honored Kee by requesting he give a plenary lecture on the future of “Combustion Interfacing with Emerging Technologies.”



AY 2015 - 2016

Emerita Associate Professor Cathy Skokan (EECS) was named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education at the society's annual conference June 25 in New Orleans. Skokan was the first woman to receive a graduate degree from Mines, and spent almost 40 years teaching geophysics and electrical engineering at Mines. She continues to impact the lives of students at Mines directly through the music program, and indirectly through her work as the ASEE vice president for external relations.

Research Professor  and Director of the Center for Space Resources Angel Abbud-Madrid (ME) presented at TEDxMileHigh at their Make + Believe Event in June. His talk titled, “How to live off the land in space,” focused on space exploration and the possibility of mining asteroids. Full Story>>

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Professor Terri Hogue (CEE) is the lead investigator of a $1.95M U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  grant to Mines to develop a decision support tool to help communities evaluate alternative stormwater treatment technologies. The tool will evaluate options and risks as well as life cycle costs associated with improving stormwater runoff management using green, gray, and hybrid infrastructure. Other faculty involved in the grant's research are John McCray (CEE Department Head) and Christopher Higgins (CEE)

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The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science celebrated the grand opening of “The Outlet,” a student-run lab where students can work on personal projects, finish lab experiments outside of class, or meet to work on group assignments. Alan Barsophy, chief technical officer for ArcelorMittal USA, did the official ribbon cutting on April 27, 2016, to welcome student to their new lab space in Brown 146. ArecelorMittal was a significant donor in the creation of the lab, with Rohde-Schwarz and Ricoh also donating equipment. EECS faculty worked closely with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student branch at Mines in securing space, equipment, and industry support.  Full Story>>

Tracy Camp (EECS) 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.

Rebecca Swanson (AMS) is the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Teaching Award from the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  The award was presented to Dr. Swanson at the 2016 Joint Meeting of the Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Sections of the MAA on April 8, in Grand Junction, Colorado. The award recognizes faculty members that are early in their career and excel in teaching at the undergraduate level, as well as have a demonstrated influence outside their own classrooms.

 

Tracy Camp (EECS) 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.

 

Aaron Stebner (ME) and Douglas Van Bossuyt (ME) were awarded a $2.5 million Advanced Industries Accelerator grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to establish a 3D metal printing research consortium. Mines is building out 2200 sq. ft. of dedicated laboratory space in the new Coorstek Center for Applied Science and Engineering for the consortium, while industry members Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Fauston Tool and Manufacturer’s Edge, are providing more than $4.5M of initial investment in the program. The combination of funds will help position Colorado as the leader in the advancement of standardization, qualification, and intelligent digitization of 3D metal printing. Learn more about the project on the Mines Newsroom.

 

Tracy Camp (EECS) and Marcelo Simoes (EECS) were recently named 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows. Tracy Camp, Professor of Computer Science, was named with the citation "for contributions to wireless networking." Dr. Camp is now one of only seven women in the networking/communication field that are both ACM and IEEE Fellows. Marcelo Simoes, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, was named with the citation "for applications of artificial intelligence in control power electronics systems." Only 0.1 percent of the world-wide IEEE membership is elevated to Fellow annually. The EECS Department at Mines now has five IEEE Fellows: Camp, Simoes, as well as Professors Atef Elsherbeni, Randy Haupt, and P.K. Sen. 

Bo Wu (EECS) 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.

Tracy Camp (EECS), Cyndi Rader (EECS), and Christy Moroye of UNC were granted $998,507 from NSF for C-START: Colorado - STrategic Approach to Rally Teachers. C-START aims to change the current landscape of high school computer science in Colorado. C-START will improve the skills of existing CS teachers in Colorado, share best practices in CS pedagogy, and positively change the diversity of students in existing and new CS courses. Learn more about the C-START from the Mines Newsroom.

Stephanie Claussen (EECS), and two undergraduate leaders from the Grand Challenges Learning Community, Corey Brugh and Mallory Britz, attended the Global Grand Challenges Summit on September 15-16 in Beijing, China. The summit was an invitation-only event, sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the Royal Academy of Engineering, focused on themes from the NAE Grand Challenges, such as sustainability, energy, and infrastructure.

 

Christopher Dreyer (ME) and Angel Abbud-Madrid, Director of the Center for Space Resources, have been awarded two NASA grants to develop novel technologies for optical mining, which would aid in obtaining valuable resources from asteroids. Read more

 

 

Robert Braun (ME) and a team consisting of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Flow-Serve, Sandia National Labs, and NREL have been awarded $1.9 million from the DOE SunShot Program to develop efficient and affordable solar power plant technologies. Read more at Mines Newsroom.

Terri Hogue (CEE) and WE2ST Assistant Director Andrea Blaine were awarded $600,000 from the NSF for an RET (Research Experience for Teacher) Site. The Colorado School of Mines WE2NG: Water-Energy Education for the Next Generation will provide summer training and year-round support for 25-30 K-12 teachers over three years with the intention of infusing current research in the water-energy nexus into K-12 classrooms. Learn more at Mines Newsroom.


Tzahi Cath (CEE)
received a DOE, Geothermal Technologies Office grant to study membrane distillation desalination of impaired water using low-grade heat from geothermal power plants. The three-year project, led by NREL and in collaboration with Sandia National Lab, UC Riverside, GE, and Ormat, will start in September 2015. The ~$4.8M project (~$1.5M to CSM) will be concluded with a field piloting of the technology in California and Nevada. Read more about this geothermal research on Mines Newsroom.

 

 

 

Linda Figueroa (CEE) has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering. Figueroa’s primary area of focus throughout her 30 years in environmental engineering has involved wLastewater reclamation and mine water treatment.  In the last decade, her work has focused on synthesizing knowledge to develop and demonstrate sustainable technologies. She is co-editor of a book on Mitigation of Metal Mining Influenced Water and has over 100 technical publications in mine water and wastewater treatment. According to ASCE, "fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members.”

 

AY 2014- 2015

Kathleen Smits (CEE) received a 2015 NSF Career Award in support of her research, “Advancing the science and education of land surface-atmosphere interactions: Interweaving multiscale experimental and modeling approaches for Land Surface Models (LSM) and experiential learning.” Learn more at Mines Newsroom.

 

 

Aaron Stebner (ME) has received a 2015 NSF CAREER Award, in support of his research,“In-situ Advancements for Study of Multi-axial Micromechanics of Solid Materials.” Learn more about how his research is advancing the study of micromechanics at the Mines Newsroom.

 

The NASA Astrobiology Institute has awarded a team, including Colorado School of Mines professor John Spear (CEE), more than $7 million to study “rock-powered life.” Spear is part of a team led by University of Colorado, Boulder Geological Sciences professor Alexis Templeton that will examine life in the subsurface, researching minerals such as iron bearing rocks and serpentinites.  The full story can be found on the Mines Newsroom link.

 

John Steuben Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Systems, advised by Cameron Turner (ME) has been named a National Academies Research Associate for 2015. His research proposal “Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation of Additive Manufacturing Materials and Structures,” was selected as part of an international competition. John's research will be hosted by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and will include collaboration with Mines. The Research Associateship Programs, as one of the activities of the NRC Division of Policy and Global Affairs, provide opportunities for highly qualified scientists and engineers at the doctoral level to select and conduct research on problems of their choice in federal laboratories.
 

The Colorado School of Mines Colorado Fuel Cell Center hosted the first public demonstration of IEP Technology’s Geothermic Fuel Cell™ (GFC) Oct. 23. Neal Sullivan (ME) is the Director of the Center. This first-ever GFC will enable production of unconventional hydrocarbons, such as oil shale, in an economic and environmentally sustainable way, while producing clean, baseload electricity. The full story can be found on the Mines Newsroom link.

 

 

Mechanical engineering professor Ozkan Celik and two Mines students have designed a robotic exoskeleton, named the Wrist Gimbal, which would assist stroke patients to complete repetitive movement therapy tasks. Based on a previous model Celik designed, this new robotic device focuses on two rotational degrees of freedom and would cost less than $5,000.

Robots have degrees of freedom, otherwise known as joints that enable their movements. Each revolute joint creates one rotational degree of freedom. As the team decreased the degrees of freedom from three to two in the new device, they used more balanced and robust materials and created an improved intuitive visual interface. See the complete article here.

 

AY 2013-2014

ASCR Discovery just published a profile of Paul Constantine of the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department on his active subspaces project in their "New Faces" section entitled “Exploring hidden structures to slash computational cost. New Faces profiles rising researchers and new leaders who will drive scientific computing in the days ahead.  You can read the article about Paul and his DOE sponsored project at http://ascr-discovery.science.doe.gov/newfaces/constantine1.shtml

 

CECS students participated in the inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition hosted by DOE and NREL. This competition was in conjunction with AWEA's (American Wind Energy Association) annual convention in Las Vegas. Team members include Alex Dell (ME), Zachary Weber (ME), Jyoti Gandhi (ME), Kelsey Wokasch (CEE), Aaron Troyer (ME), Kate Rooney (ME), Cabe Bonner (EECS), Kevin Tan (ME), and Jeremy Webb (ME). Faculty advisors are Cameron Turner (ME), and Kathryn Johnson (EECS).
CSM finished T-8th in the Wind Tunnel Testing Competition.
They finished 7th in the Design Review Competition.
They finished 5th in the Business Plan Competition
They finished 4th in the Market Issues Competition.
They finished 2nd with 63 votes in the People's Choice Public Business Pitch Presentation.Overall, the team finished 7th, Penn State won the competition, followed by Kansas and James Madison.
Their project can be seen at http://zephyrus.mines.edu/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Senior Design Trade Fair project and essay winners.
Overall: 1st Place - CSM FourCross, 2nd Place - Wingin' It, 3rd Place - Zephyrus, 4th Place - OmniPumps
Kid's Choice Award: Colorado AdvantEdge (F13-06)
Essay Contest Winners:
3rd Place - "Mile Per Gallon Readouts: Changing Driving Behavior Through Feedback" by Kevin Young
2nd Place - "How a Camera Mount Revolutionized Video and Internet Content" by Benjamin Paley
1st Place - "Fun Theory" by Dustin Burner

 

     

    

About 25 CSM ASCE students attended the ASCE Rocky Mtn Student Conference  April 4-5, 2014 at Colorado State University and the results are:

1st Place, Overall Conference award! 
1st Place, Steel Bridge competition (the team will be attending the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in Akron, OH in May!)
4th Place, Concrete Canoe competition
4th Place, Non-technical paper presentation - Ryan Logan
5th Place, Technical paper presentation - Jordan Downs
5th Place, Pre-Design competition - Melody Clay, Max Ransom and Peter Eisinger

 

 

Mines students are working with Mechanical Engineering (ME) professor John Steele and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) professor Qi Han to build and develop a system to automate oil and gas processes through unmanned robots. Blaster, the original prototype, will be deployed to the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi to increase the safety in oil and gas refineries.  See the entire story in the Mines newsroom http://www.minesnewsroom.com/news/mines-builds-robot-increase-safety-abu-dhabi-refineries

 

 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program to improve the capabilities of data-intensive physical simulations such as climate modeling, groundwater flow and renewable energy applications has funded a $1.05 million award dispersed over three years that will allow principal investigator Paul Constantine (AMS), along with Youssef Marzouk and Qiqi Wang of MIT and Tan Bui-Thanh of the University of Texas at Austin, to develop methods to reduce tremendous data streams into more meaningful and manageable parcels.

CEE Professor John McCray was awarded the 2014 Rudolph Hering Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute for the paper, "Characterization of Bulk Fluid and Transport Properties for Simulating Polymer-Improved Aquifer Remediation" published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering, February 2013.   The award was given for contributions in engineering science.   Professor McCray's recent PhD student, Jeff Silva, was the primary author of the paper.


Barb Moskal (AMS) and Director of the Trefny Institute received the Mines 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award. Barb has been instrumental in developing programs that increase diversity on campus as well as within the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community.
 

CEE Researchers earn NSF RAPID grant to study fire impacts on water quality near Yosemite National Park
Terri S. Hogue, John McCray, Richard Luthy, and Alexis Stichler, Chris Higgins, and Alicia M. Kinoshita

The Rim Fire is the third largest fire in California’s history and is one of the largest in the Sierra Nevada. The Rim Fire burned 257,314 acres since it’s ignition on August 17, 2013 including part of Yosemite National Park. The mitigation cost to date is $127.35 million and $4.3 million will be used towards watershed treatment to mitigate potential downstream impacts. The Rim Fire threatened the O’Shaughnessy Dam and reservoir in the Hetch Hetchy Valley, which supplies water for the San Francisco Bay Area. It also has the potential to impact the Tuolumne River water system, which supplies water to San Francisco and 29 other wholesale buyers in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda counties. An NSF RAPID proposal was recently awarded to Professor Hogue and co-PIs to investigate the potential impacts on water quality in the Rim Fire area. RAPID proposals allow quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. The project is also supported by funds from the NSF Engineering Research Center on Urban Water Infrastructure ReNUWIt. Research will involve monitoring reservoir and regional stream system water quality as well as alterations in snow patterns and associated spring runoff.

 

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines demonstrated operation of the world’s first Geothermic Fuel Cell (GFC) on October 4, 2013. 
Designed and built for IEP Technology (Parker, Colorado) by Delphi (headquartered in Rochester, NY) the GFC was operated continuously at the Colorado Fuel Cell Center at the Colorado School of Mines over a five-day period. During this time, the six-foot-tall, 1-ft diameter GFC generated 3 kW of electricity and 6 kW of heat. Following startup, GFC operation was thermally self-sustained.
Geothermic Fuel Cells present a new and unique application of solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Fuel cells are highly valued for their high electrical efficiency; however, in the GFC application, the primary value of the fuel cells is in generating heat. When placed underground within oil-shale formations, the heat naturally generated from the 750 ºC fuel cells is harnessed to liberate oil from the shale in situ. This electricity comes as a useful and valuable byproduct of the oil-recovery process.
In partnership with IEP Technology and Delphi, students, engineers, and faculty are characterizing the thermal and electrical performance of the geothermic fuel cell at the Colorado Fuel Cell Center laboratory on the Colorado School of Mines campus.|
The solid-oxide fuel cells packaged within the GFC operate at high temperature (nearly 750 ºC) to convert fuel into electricity and heat. When implemented, clusters of GFCs will be placed into the earth within oil shale formations for oil recovery. GFCs present a potentially transformative technology for accessing the world’s vast oil-shale reserves, which are estimated at 4.8 trillion barrels worldwide, in an environmentally responsible manner
To learn more about geothermic fuel cells, visit the IEP Technologies website: http://www.ieptechnologyinc.com/
Learn more about the Colorado Fuel Cell Center at www.coloradofuelcellcenter.org.

 

Photograph of the Colorado School of Mines – Delphi – Independent Energy Partners team next to the Geothermic Fuel Cell (far right) at the Colorado Fuel Cell Center: Dr. Bernard Fischer (Delphi), Prof. Neal Sullivan (CSM), Joe Bonadies (Delphi), Adam Wright (Delphi), Mark Wall (IEP), Buddy Haun (CSM), Mark Daubenspeck (CSM) and Gladys Anyenya (CSM). Not pictured: Prof. Robert Braun (CSM).

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Society for Women in Mathematics (SWiM) is a new departmental organization in AMS started by Deb Carney, Agata Dean, and Rebecca Swanson. The goal of SWiM is to build a vertically integrated community for women undergraduates, graduates, and faculty in mathematics and statistics, and to provide support and mentoring for members of this community. SWiM meets on a monthly basis, as we share dinner and discuss topics relevant to members. . If you would like to be included in SWiM announcements and events, please contact Rebecca Swanson at swanson@mines.edu.

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