Daily Archives: September 16, 2012


Engineers Without Borders and humanitarian engineering

Since 2003, Mines has offered a unique program with career and perspective-altering opportunities for students – the Humanitarian Engineering program. The Humanitarian Engineering program teaches students to find a balance between economic feasibility, technical solutions, and sustainable community development. One such educational experience was a presentation by 1998 Mines graduate Mike MacCarthy on “Engineering (Safe) Water for the World: Experiences and Opportunities in International Development for Engineers.”

Economics helps maximize flow of information

In areas such as logic, economics, computer science, and many others, the maximum flow problem is a relevant and recurring one. Simply put, the problem is to maximize “flow,” or passing of information, from a single source to a single end. According to Donatella Granata, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Application of Calculation “Mauro Picone” National Research Council in Naples, Italy, “the problem is solved easily by the MLSTP or Minimum Label Spanning Tree Problem.” She lectured on “Maximum Flow with Minimum Number of Labels (MF-ML),” presenting her proof and the simulations it helped produce. The solution took her only two days to work out and even though she mentioned that she is proficient at technical problems, this problem remains open to be solved.

Alara: Chapter 14, Final Chapter

Alara clutched the radio tight in one hand. “He will pay if he hurts her.”

Telloc gently pulled the radio from her and tossed it aside. He wrapped his arms around her shoulders and pulled her close. “We’ll get her, I promise. Look at me.”

Alara lifted her gaze to meet his just as Telloc kissed her. Though rushed and tense, the gesture sent a wave of calm over her. She laid her head against his shoulder for a moment before pushing out of his arms. “Let’s end this.”

Telloc nodded and slipped his hand in hers, holding a scrambler in the other. “Together.”

Marna rolled her eyes. “Lover birds, could you get off your high cloud for two seconds to follow the damn plan?”

Inside scoop about Homecoming with Kelli Bell

Compared to E-days, homecoming at Mines is an almost insignificant event. At least, that is how it has been in the past. Student Activities Administrator Kelli Bell is working to change that perception. Last year was Bell’s first year at Colorado School of Mines, and when she arrived, homecoming was already planned and rolling. “It was nice to observe and get the whole picture without any preconceived notion,” Bell said.


From the middle out: Obama visits Golden on campaign trail

President Obama visited Golden as part of his campaign the morning of September 13th. The event was held at Lions Park in downtown Golden with the first speakers starting around 10:15 AM. Among the speakers prior to Obama was ex-US Senator and Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, who claimed Obama is suited for another four years because he can relate to the American people. “He knows what it’s like to have to juggle things like having to pay off your student loans…so you know he has walked in your shoes”. Salazar went on to list Obama’s accomplishments in office, including eliminating banks as middlemen in student loans, reforming healthcare so students can stay on their parent’s health insurance until the age of twenty-six and pursuing an “All of the Above” energy approach to reduce dependence on foreign oil. “We are now importing less oil than at any time in the last three decades in the United States of America,” said Obama.

Geology students tour Colorado’s beauty

Students in GEGN 203: Terrain Analysis shared a memorable field trip during the weekend of September 7, 2012. The expedition included 25 stops throughout the state of Colorado.The trip included geologic areas of interest such as Lake Dillon, Mount Sopris, Black Canyon and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Terrain Analysis professor, Dr. Paul Santi was there every step of the way to enlighten the students and provide an educational element during the trip. Santi understands that this field trip is quite demanding – missing a day of school and surrendering an entire weekend – but he believes the learning experience is unparalleled. Nonetheless, sitting on a charter bus and absorbing geological facts for 10 hours at a time is unexpectedly tiring. However, any student who attended the trip would agree the cost and time commitment was completely worth it. “After dinner and an entire day of sitting on the bus, all I wanted to do was sleep,” said sophomore Andrew VanDuesen. But VanDeusen added that “each day was better than the one before.”

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