Research & Technology Transfer
Message from the Vice President
Welcome to the world of Mines Research and Technology Transfer. Research at the Colorado School of Mines has always been inspired by the changing needs of society and has driven the creation of new technologies to address those needs.
Because of our historical roots in gold and silver mining, Mines is widely known for our geological and earth resource-related work, but the reality today is far greater. Our motto, “Earth, Energy, and Environment” does not constrain the type of research we do; rather, it highlights the types of problems – highly complex, often under-determined, and dynamic – that we like to solve. The earth, energy, and environmental challenges on earth (and beyond) will increasingly demand everything from quantum computation to new mathematics, as well as a “no atom left behind” approach to managing our resources, and Mines research today encompasses all of these and more. The collective talent of our faculty and students, combined with a culture of use-inspired and transdisciplinary research, are at the core of Mines’ success, and enable a host of strong alliances with industry, with other universities, and with government institutions – many focused on discovery, extraction, and recycling of mineral, energy, or water resources. In particular, a history of transitioning new technologies to our industry partners keeps our eyes on our mission: research for the benefit of society. I am confident you will find on our website a sense of the vitality, diversity, and problem-focused philosophy of Mines research, from discovery to invention to solutions. Stefanie Tompkins
Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
- Kevin Cash wins NSF CAREER Award for metabolic communication research
The assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering is developing an optical sensing platform – with nanosensors small enough to fit in the spaces between bacteria.
- Electrochemical cell could split the Moon's frozen water into rocket fuel
Mechanical Engineering's Greg Jackson is collaborating with OxEon Energy on a $1.8 million NASA project that could bring interplanetary fuel stations one step closer to reality.
- Improving the human-robot relationship, one successful conversation at a time
Should an autonomous robot ever ask for advice? Computer Science Assistant Professor Tom Williams is tackling that question and more in an effort to improve human-robot interactions.
Colorado School of Mines remains committed to tackling some of the most difficult challenges in earth, energy and environment, including finding solutions to groundwater contamination and lowering the risks of small-scale mining.