American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)

American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)



The Mines Student Chapter of the American Rock Mechanics Association is a young engineering and scientific organization that promotes interaction among students on rock mechanics and geomechanics, with a special emphasis on the development of frontier oil and gas resources.

at Mines campus. Those activities wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiasm and support of our Academic Advisor and former ARMA President Dr. Azra N. Tutuncu and, of course the sustained work of our officers Chris McCullagh (Vice President), Maxwell Willis (Event Coordinator), Mehdi Mokhtari and Asm Kamruzzaman (Treasurers), Binh Bui (Webmaster) and Ilkay Eker (Secretary). In addition, economic support from ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell Oil Company, Marathon Oil, and the Student Government at CSM helped sustain the organization’s activities throughout the year. We thank our sponsors and look forward to their continuous support in this academic year and beyond.

With the advent of onshore

Anton Padin, ARMA-CSM President


unconventional oil and gas,



or pre-salt drilling among

other challenges, integration between rock mechanics and the

traditional petroleum engineering sciences has become crucial

for the economic development of (previously) locked petroleum

resources. ARMA-CSM intends to fulfill the increasing interest

from the oil industry and the academia by promoting the

significance of rock mechanics and transferring knowledge from

experts to the students of Colorado School of Mines. Although

we are a recently established organization, the number of

affiliates is growing every year and we expect to see this trend

continue throughout the 2014-2015 academic course.

The 2013-2014 academic year activities started with the organization’s participation in the “Celebration of Mines by Starlight” event. The former officers succeeded by keeping the ARMA booth one of the most popular visiting sites during the event. During the academic course, the organization hosted several lunch and learn sessions and lectures including those with technical experts such as Dr. David Yale of ExxonMobil, who provided us insight on the use of geomechanics in heavy oil recovery; Dr. Michael Lewan of USGS Denver, who showed us new insights and paradigms of kerogen maturation and formation of oil and gas; Mr. Mike Mullen of Stimulation Petrophysics, that encouraged debating about the applications of fracturing in unconventional resources; and Dr. Lev Vernik of Marathon Oil, who highlighted the implementation of rock physics in organic shale formations. We also collaborated with SPE, AADE and UNGI to organize several joint L&L gatherings

Field trip to the Niobrara Formation Outcrops in Lyons, CO

Being one of the hottest topics in recent years amongst the oil and gas engineering community, I certainly encourage new and returning students, both undergraduates and graduates, not only to join ARMA and attend the lunch and learns, lectures, and field trips, but also to contribute with their own ideas and enthusiasm to the growth and health of our student chapter. New officers will be elected at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester. Thus, if you are already a member, I encourage you to continue your membership to ARMA and if you haven’t had opportunity to get familiar with the organization, please apply soon and express your thoughts to help this organization better help the Mines Community. Please visit our website to learn more about our organization and activities and also fill an application form at

It’s been a pleasure to serve the organization, and I hope 2014-15 will be a prolific year!

Anton Padin, 2013-2014 ARMA-CSM Student Chapter President

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Michael D. Lewan organized by ARMA in 2013-2013