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Annual Humanitarian Engineering Symposium

Humanitarian Engineering 2022 Symposium:
Autonomy and Equity in Energy Resilience

Join a panel of speakers from different areas of the energy world as they discuss autonomy and equity in energy resilience. The panelists include Adam Bad Wound who is the Chief Development Officer at GRID Alternatives, an international organization that works for an equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits everyone; Nick Yavorsky, a recent graduate of the Humanitarian Engineering and Science MS Program whose research focused on energy resilience in Puerto Rico; and Jenna Wetherred VP, Member & Community Relations at Holy Cross Energy, a community energy provider co-op. The panel will be moderated by Joey Tucker, an Environmental & Regulatory Advisor for ExxonMobil and the director of the Leadership in Social Responsibility Mines Alumni Interest Group.

Humanitarian Engineering 2022 Symposium: 
Energy Resistance to Natural Hazards

Join Dr. Brian McAdoo, Associate Professor of Earth and Climate Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and Eliza Hotchkiss, Senior Resilience Analyst and Group Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, for an engaging conversation on disaster resilience and energy systems.

Humanitarian Engineering 2022 Symposium: 
Geopolitics of Energy Transitions

Join Dr. Morgan D. Bazilian, the Director of the Payne Institute and a Professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines, as he discusses the geopolitics of energy transitions.

Gold Nuggets: Humanitarian Engineering Interview Series

Dr. Jennifer Ryan is an Associate Professor in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at Colorado School of Mines and a Guest Professor at Uppsala University in Sweden. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. She started out her career as Householder Fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab and has since held permanent appointments at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom). She was also a DAAD Fellow at the University of Duesseldorf in Germany. Her expertise is in designing and developing high-order methods for numerical partial differential equations and is at the intersection of mathematical theory and computations. Specifically, she concentrations on design effective filtering that can be used to increase the order of accuracy of approximations as well as multi-wavelet multi-resolution analysis (MRA) used in multiscale applications.

Dr. Paul Santi is a Professor of Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, where he has been on faculty for over 19 years. Previously, he taught for 6 years at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and worked for 6 years as an engineer and consultant in San Francisco and Denver. His recent research has focused on analysis, prediction and mitigation design for debris flows, landslide dewatering and analysis, engineering geology pedagogy, and general geologic hazard analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Physics from Duke University, an MS in Geology from Texas A&M and a Ph.D. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and has been the President of the Association of Environmental Engineering Geologists. He is currently the director of the Center for Mining Sustainability, which manages multiple research projects with a partner university in Peru.

Dr. Jonathan (Josh) Sharp is Director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on the implications of biological processes on water quality and reuse in both natural and engineered settings. It is grounded in a multidisciplinary approach that combines molecular, microbiological, and geochemical tools to address fundamental and applied questions at the interface of environmental engineering, microbiology and hydrology. With this diverse background, enjoy this insightful and fascinating conversation!

In this interview, co-hosted by two geological engineers, Dr. Alexis Navarre-Sitchler discusses the ethical and socio-technical applications of geological engineering. Dr. Navarre-Sitchler has studied aqueous geochemistry, with a special focus on CO2 contamination of groundwater.

Hear from Mines Humanitarian Engineering Executive Director and Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. Kevin Moore about his experience working, teaching, and researching as an electrical engineer while focusing on design, education, diversity, and inclusion. Dr. Moore’s interests include iterative learning, robotics, and robotics systems.

Listen as we discuss with Mines Civil Engineering Professor Dr. Marte Gutierrez about what responsible and ethical engineering looks like in different engineering fields. Dr. Gutierrez’s main interests are Geomechanics and Energy and Environmental Sustainability.

Other news updates

Building upon his observations and experience in Central Asia with the mining industry, in 1993 Mines Alum Bob Hedlund founded Joint Development Associates International (JDA), a US nonprofit organization with the ultimate goal of bringing transformation to Central Asia. This presentation offers the LSR group an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand the means and manner in which a Mines alum transitioned into a non-traditional international development agency.