Stefanie Tompkins Biography
Dr. Stefanie Tompkins is the vice president for research and technology transfer at the Colorado School of Mines. She has spent much of her professional life leading scientists and engineers in developing new technology capabilities.
She spent 10 years in industry, as a senior scientist and later assistant vice-president and line manager at Science Applications International Corporation, where she conducted and managed research projects in planetary geology and imaging spectroscopy. Later, as a DARPA program manager, she created and led programs in ubiquitous GPS-free navigation as well as in optical component manufacturing. She has also served as a DARPA office director and the acting deputy director of the agency.
Tompkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology and geophysics from Princeton University and Master of Science and doctor of philosophy degrees in geology from Brown University. She also served as a military intelligence office in the U.S. Army.
Associate Vice President of Research
Telephone: (303) 273 – 3053
Sridhar Seetharaman Biography
Sridhar Seetharaman is currently a Professor and Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives with the College of Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) at the Colorado School of Mines. He served, most recently, with the US DOE as a Senior Technical Advisor as an EWQ (merit based Exceptionally Well Qualified Candidate) and was responsible for Clean Water and Next Generation Electric Machines. He was until 2016 the Tata Steel / RAEng Joint Chair for Research Into Low Carbon Materials Technology and Director of Materials strategy for the HMV Catapult at WMG . He was prior to that the POSCO Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the co-director of the Industry-University Consortium, Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research (CISR). He was also an NETL Faculty Fellow working on materials for fossil fuel power.
He was oreviously visiting Professor at USTB in China (sponsored by SAFEA’s top overseas scholar), and the Brahm Prakash Honorory Visiting Chair at the Indian Institute of science.
His research and teaching interests lie in Materials for Clean Energy Processes, Materials Processing through Clean Energy and Materials at Harsh Conditions. He has graduated over 25 doctoral students, of which 4 are faculty at universities. He has published over 180 journal papers in the areas of: secondary refining, casting and mold slags, coal gasification, oxidation and hot-shortness.
He has received the following best paper awards: Best Paper in the 2013 Rolling Conference of IAS, Marcus Grossman Award from ASM, the Herty Award from ISS, The Spriggs Phase Equlibrium Award from ACERS and two times recipient of the Jerry Silver Award from AIST.
He has also received the Friedrich Willhelm Bessel Research Prize from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation and the NSF Career Award, both for his general contributions in research.
As a teacher he was recognized by the Benjamin Teare Teaching Award by Carnegie Institute of Technology, the Philbrook Prize by the MSE department at CMU and he was the recipient of the 2011 J.F. Elliott Lecturer Award for AIST.
He is the editor for AIST Transactions and an associate editor for Metallurgical and Metals Transactions A, B and E. He is also on the International Advisory Board for Steel Research International and ISIJ International.
He received his PHD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Stephen Enders Biography
M. Stephen Enders has worked in the mining and mineral exploration business for 43
years after earning a BSc in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines
in 1976 and a MSc in geological engineering from University of Arizona in 1981. Steve
ultimately went on to become the President of Phelps Dodge Exploration Corporation
after earning a PhD in Economic Geology at the University of Arizona in 2000. He left
Phelps Dodge to join Newmont Mining Company as their Senior Vice President of
Worldwide Exploration in 2003 and retired from Newmont in 2009. Steve was a Director
and the Chief Operating Officer of EMX Royalty Corporation (formerly Eurasian
Minerals Inc.) from 2009-2015 and is still a senior advisor to EMX. In addition, he is a
co-founder and a technical advisor for Cupric Canyon Capital LLC.
Dr. Enders recently completed a three-year assignment as the Department Head for
Geology and Geological Engineering at Mines, and he is now the Director of Subsurface
Frontiers in the Office of Research and Technology Transfer. Previously, he was a
Research Professor in the Mining Engineering Department and the Director of the
Center for Innovation in Earth Resources Science & Engineering at Mines from 2009-
He is an Honorary Lecturer and Past President of the Society of Economic Geologists,
and received the Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Colorado School of Mines
in 2009, the Ben F. Dickerson Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy &
Exploration in 2014, and the Ralph W. Marsden Award from the Society of Economic
Geologists in 2016.
Director, Research Development
lisa Kinzel Biography
Lisa has been with the Colorado School of Mines and the office of Research and Technology Transfer since 2006. As Director of Research development she creates and implements strategies that help increase institutional competitiveness, raise awareness of our research strengths, and support our faculty providing them with funding opportunities and facilitating research events promoting collaboration and fostering team connections.
Her Role in the Office of Industry Relations she works directly with the Colorado School of Mines Foundation as a liaison to initiate and nurture relationships between faculty and industry partners.
Telephone: (303) 273 – 3014
Erika Jermé Biography
Erika helps teams develop competitive proposals in response to multi-million dollar funding opportunities. She received a BA in French and geography from Macalester College and an MS in urban planning from the University of Toronto, and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Director, Technology Transfer
Telephone: (303) 384 – 2555
Will Vaughn Biography
Dr. Vaughan is the Director of Technology Transfer at the Colorado School of Mines. He coordinates partnerships between Mines and business, venture capital and governmental communities to commercialize Mines technology and provide greater visibility for CSM’s world-class research. Will was the Business Development Manager for technology transfer office at Ohio State University where he coordinated OSU’s innovation agenda with the local, state and federal government, licensed inventions and worked with the start-up community. He previously served in the Ohio Governor’s Office of Science and Technology where he helped develop Ohio’s Third Frontier program which invested $1.6 billion over ten years in Ohio’s technology-based economic development community and served as the interface between state government and the public on science and technology issues.
Will serves on the boards of the Colorado Bioscience Association, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, Innosphere and CO-Labs. He received his BS from Marietta College, MS from Ohio University, Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
Research Compliance Officer
Telephone: (303) 384-3734
Scot Allen Biography
Dr. Scot Allen is the Research Compliance Officer at the Colorado School of Mines. His strengths are in program development, international relations, and national security.
Scot served 20+ years in the Air Force in roles ranging from site engineer to hazardous waste manager and from infrastructure branch chief to professor and deputy director of international programs at the AF Academy. In academia, he worked in international programs and secure and global research for Colorado State University. Scot served in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, deployed as an interpreter during NATO air operations over Bosnia, and led rebuilding efforts across Iraq in 2008-09.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
His awards and honors include the Bronze Star Medal, Outstanding Academy Educator, Presidential Ram Service Award, and Young Engineer of the Year. He holds a professional engineering license and has led students to Belgium, Cambodia, El Salvador, France, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, and Vietnam.
Executive Assistant, Research and Technology Transfer
Allyson Hodges Biography
Allyson Hodges is the Office Manager for Research and Technology Transfer and Executive Assistant to Vice President Stefanie Tompkins