Colo. School of Mines School of Petroleum Newsletter 2014, Page 3

Colo. School of Mines School of Petroleum Newsletter 2014, Page 3


Figure 2: Research Funding

With the intent of improving our cutting-edge research capabilities, we have also been investing in our experimental facilities. In the last year alone, we have spent over $1.5 million for new lab equipment and experimental setup and we have plans to accelerate our investments. If you get a chance to visit us, we will be happy to show you the new labs and facilities, which will make you proud of your alma mater.

Before concluding, I would also like to note that we have made some major organizational changes to improve our service to our students, faculty, and visitors. We have hired two new administrative staff, Rachel McDonald and Debra Maruffo, and a program manager, Kayla Boster. We have formed a new undergraduate student advising office; Terri Snyder will be responsible for undergraduate advising and will work with Dr. Mark Miller and Dr. Linda Battalora to help answer our undergraduate students’ academic needs. Denise Winn-Bower will continue helping our graduate students and research programs. Our main PE Office operations will be managed by Rachel McDonald as program assistant and Debra Maruffo as administrative assistant. Kayla Boster, as the program manager, will help me with strategic planning, hiring, faculty data, industry and alumni relations, and reporting and communications. We expect to improve our student satisfaction with this new organizational structure.

Finally, I want to share with you the news that Dr. Manika Prasad was promoted to full professor in April. This was a long overdue promotion for her outstanding contribution to the department and Mines. Also, if you have not already heard, I would like to give you the news that Dr. Jennifer Miskimins is back on our full time faculty. She left her full-time position at CSM in 2012 to assume a consulting position, which exposed her to a wealth of industry data and experience. She continued her involvement in our research and teaching activities in a part-time capacity since then. Although she has not really been away, having her back at full-time capacity will improve our ability to serve all our constituencies better. She has also graciously agreed to help me with our ambitious projects as the Associate Department Head. Welcome back Jennifer!

should make their intended R&D allocations in fossil energy Thanks for your continuing support and please stay in touch. binding for DOE.

While striving to improve federal funding on fossil fuel research, we are strengthening our research collaboration with the industry. Despite the restraints of the general budget cuts, we are focusing on strategic research, which helps the industry improve technical and economic efficiency of their projects, and innovations, which contribute to the long-term vitality and prosperity of the industry. We have been proactive in reaching out to domestic and international companies, NOCs and NGOs, and research organizations worldwide. Our efforts have started paying off and you will learn about the new research projects the PE faculty have received in the pages of this newsletter.