In May, I led a group of 40 students to Southern California (Bakersfield, Long Beach, Arroyo Grande, and San Ardo) on the annual California PEGN315 Field Session. During the month of June, I participated in the first Summer Course Revision Intensive. Through a ranking and review process, 29 faculty members were selected by Mines leadership to work with the Trefny Center for Innovative Instruction to develop or revise a course under the instruction of Dr. Sam Spiegel, Timeri Tolnay, and a variety of guest scholars. We were introduced to Mines’ Engineering Learning concept and charged with bringing it back to our departments and into the classrooms. It was a pleasure to collaborate with my faculty colleagues and work with Sam and Timeri while developing the PEGN398 course and lab curricula. Over several weeks, we developed an innovative teaching and learning cohort, as well as smaller Professional Learning Communities that will continue to meet throughout the academic year and beyond. This summer intensive experience was exceptional, and I am very appreciative to have been selected to participate in it. The rest of the summer was spent working on course revisions, teaching for the Hydraulic Fracturing and Drilling Data Analytics Externships, teaching for the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI) UGTEP and UNGI- TOPCORP training courses, teaching for SUPERSCHOOL, hiking, traveling, researching, and writing.
I continue to serve the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) in a variety of capacities: Denver Section Board Member and Co-Chair of Continuing Education, Sustainable Development Technical Section Steering Committee member, Process Safety Workgroup member, HSSE-SR Advisory Committee member, and 2017 SPE HSSE- SR Conference Social Responsibility Subcommittee Chair. Additionally this year, I was selected by SPE to become an ABET Program Evaluator. Not only are these volunteer activities enjoyable, but they also connect industry to the classroom as I invite industry colleagues to participate in classroom discussions, research, and activities with my students.
I continue to work closely with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). One of my favorite “duties” as a member of the Education Committee is to judge the annual Writing Competition that is open to all universities that have an affiliation with AIPN. I enjoy the opportunity to read and rate the papers and to work with other members of the Education Committee to select winners to attend the Annual Conference. I am also a member of the Denver Council on Foreign Affairs.
Outside of CSM, I maintain my legal consulting
environmental law and international oil and gas law. It is a pleasure to work with my colleagues Laure Bonna, Philippe
at Bonna Auzas
Avocats of Paris, France and to occasionally have them co-teach with me a short course on international hydrocarbon agreements. Additionally, in the spring I was elected to serve on the Colorado Bar Association Environmental Law Section Advisory Council.
Dr. Battalora doing some “heavy lifting” during California Field Session.
In late spring I was honored to be selected as a Shultz Family Humanitarian Engineering Fellow for a term running July 2016 to August 2018. I will integrate humanitarian engineering and social justice in a new course that will roll out in spring 2017 titled Environmental Law and Sustainability. I have been incorporating Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) into my courses for several years, and as a result of my sustainable development research, I will be incorporating sustainable development into my PE courses as well.
I continue to take ballet and pointe classes, yoga, and cardio classes, and hike with the Colorado Mountain Club. “Rosebud,” my brilliant Boston Terrier, will be eight years old in December. Last summer she had medial patellar luxation surgery and recovered beautifully. She still acts like a puppy, and the “new knees” have helped with that! (smiling)
Thank you for your continuing support of the PE Department and Mines! We look forward to seeing many of you at ATCE 2016 in Dubai and of course, we always enjoy seeing you on campus for alumni events and recruiting!