Dr. Graves, Dr. Battalora

Dr. Graves, Dr. Battalora




I write my 2016 newsletter

article while preparing for

the CERSE leadership retreat

and watching the Olympics.

The College of Earth Resource

Sciences and Engineering is

the gold medal dream team

– Economics and Business,

Geology and Geological

Engineering, Geophysics,

Liberal Arts and International

Studies, Mining Engineering,

Dr. Ramona M. Graves Petroleum Engineering, and

the Colorado Geological Survey. We are a college that represents the traditional strengths of Mines and continues to focus on preparing students for the future through multidisciplinary, innovative research and teaching. I love this common sense, logical grouping of my team: GE, GP, MN and PE find and extract natural resources and develop energy sources, EB gives the solid business case which adds economic value while LAIS keeps us focused on corporate social responsibility and development in an environmentally sound, sustainable manner. CGS partners with Mines to incorporate new energy sources, water resources, geologic hazards, and outreach to the citizen of Colorado.

On my travel adventures this year, President Johnson joined me in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi where we had several strategic meetings and alumni gatherings. (See the photo of two of my former graduate students that are now professors at the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Institute.) He also joined the Petroleum Engineering Field Session in California to attend a BBQ hosted by Fred Holmes where we all enjoyed the “keynote” presentation by alum Joe Nahama – wish I had a video of that! The Mining Department Head, Priscilla Nelson, and I were in Morocco to continue to build connections with the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP). One of my treasured memories is being presented with a fez from Fez.

As you’ll read in the newsletter, Mines and the Petroleum Engineering Department continue to thrive thanks to faculty, students, alumni, corporate sponsors and, of course, great leadership. (With great restraint, this year I did not include any photos of my perfect grandson Oliver. Hard to pick one picture from 1.65MM photos!)

Dr. Ali and Dr. Waleed at alumni function in Abu Dhabi.

The women of 2016 Petroleum Engineering California Field Session. Dr. Battalora far right in red hat, Dean Graves second from left in cool gloves,

Hannah Thompson, fourth from left. Hannah is the first recipient of the

Ramona M. Graves Endowed Scholarship Fund.



Dr. Linda Battalora

The Fall 2016 semester is off to a great start! We have new faces in the PE office, new faces in our classrooms, and some revised and new PE courses. This semester we are piloting a merger of PEGN310



Fluids and PEGN413 Gas Measurement & Formation Evaluation Lab. Drs. Xiaolong Yin, Mansur Ermila, and I will be teaching classroom and lab sections

of this combined PEGN398 course. Additionally, I am teaching the PEGN681 Petroleum Seminar course. Last spring I taught one section of our PEGN439 Multidisciplinary Engineering capstone course with Drs. Tom Davis, Steven Sonnenberg and Mark Miller. I also taught PEGN530 Environmental Law and was Coordinator for our PEGN315 Field Sessions.

In addition to teaching, I serve as the PE Department representative to the Undergraduate Council and Faculty Senate and work with our Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to review courses and propose curriculum changes. I share PE Undergraduate Student Advising with Dr. Mark Miller. I also served on the campus Learning Management System (LMS) Committee to evaluate our LMS system and review new options.