Humanitarian Engineering and Science Colloquium

The Humanitarian Engineering and Science (HES) Colloquium series is an opportunity for our HES students, faculty, partners, and allies to come together as a community and share thought leadership related to our interdisciplinary efforts across Mines and more broadly. We will connect on an approximately monthly basis on the first Tuesday of each month, and colloquium videos will be posted here for later reference. 

Problems We’ve Been Ignoring

Dr. Chris Caskey, Delta Brick & Climate Company

This colloquium is about inequality, innovation, climate change, and waiting for someone else to fix a problem. Dr. Chris Caskey gives a short history of Delta Brick & Climate Company, a business venture developed to solve climate and agricultural challenges in Colorado’s North Fork Valley. With mines generating methane gas and waterways clogged with sediment, a brickmaking process that uses those gasses and sediments offers a promising opportunity to solve multiple problems at once. Caskey describes the process, promises, and tradeoffs of building such a company. The talk also explores the conditions of possibility for his work as a scientist and business owner.

October 6, 2020

Convergence: Trends, Experiences, and Reflections on Collaborative Science

Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp, Haub School of Environmental & Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

This talk offers a historical and personal window into the practice of collaborative, or transdisciplinary, science. It will summarize research on the confluence of collaborative science in disciplines as diverse as natural resources, public health, education, engineering and medicine. It will provide examples of collaborative science Knapp’s work and summarize some of the critical questions that have emerged. Finally, it will provide an opportunity for the learning community to reflect on the collaborative dimensions of their own work.

September 1, 2020