Daily Archives: March 16, 2014

On Taking Jobs and Making Money

It is spring time at the Colorado School of Mines and for many people that means looking for or looking forward to starting a job in a few months. For those of us looking to work in the petroleum industry, it is quite a time! Although our age group has massive unemployment, that hides the fact that our industry is booming. Any graduate that wants to work, will. Freshmen that have expressed an interest in petroleum engineering are offered internships and paid three times the country’s average salary. It’s a good place to be, and we should all be thankful of the paths that brought us here.

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Geek of the Week: Andrew Hyde (Super Senior, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Enjoyably nerdy as Mines can be, many geeks spend their time here trying desperately to escape this school as fast as possible. Some succeed, some do not. Others take their time in the academic realm, get the most they can out of their education, and pass on as much hard-earned wisdom as they can to underclassmen. Somewhere in the middle of those lies Andrew Hyde.

CODE: The Collaborative Online Discussion on Ethics

Pursuing a degree at Mines provides ample opportunity to think a lot about the technical aspects of science, engineering, and technology. Sometimes it is really easy to get lost in the details. Getting lost in the details often means that one forgets to step back, look at the big picture, and ask why. Solving technical problems is often interesting and fun; but, along with asking how to do X, we should also ask why ought X be done.

Tripping Over Catastrophes: Outcrop Serendipity

Dr. John Warme, a professor of geology here at Mines from 1979-2002 and a professor emeritus since then, came to give a special talk about some of his more interesting research projects from the past. The unifying concept of the three different projects that he presented on was the idea that anomalies in the geologic record often record great catastrophes, and following up on these anomalies can lead to striking discoveries. A geologic catastrophe signifies something that happened rapidly on a grand scale, rather than something destructive (though the two definitions often go hand in hand).

Physics Colloquium: Materials for the future

In today’s world where the expansion of technology is based largely upon the development of new materials, the demand for material innovation is constantly growing alongside the demand for newer and faster technologies. So, how are these materials created and tested for possible industrial uses? At this point in time, the answer to that is essentially by trial-and-error: repeated hypothesizing, fabrication, and implementation, which is continuously getting costlier in terms of both time and money. In this week’s installment of the Physics department’s colloquia series, Prof. Abram van der Geest of SUNY-Binghamton explained a recently developed process to ‘predict’ the formulation of new materials and their properties by computational methods and analysis.

Headlines from around the world: 3/17/14

Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has publicly accused the CIA of illegally searching the Senate computer system and deleting files relating to an Intelligence Committee study and investigation of interrogation and detention techniques during the George W. Bush administration. CIA officers could face criminal prosecution if an investigation was launched by the Justice Department. CIA Chief John Brennan says his agency acted appropriately and had not violated any laws.

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