A Welcome Message
Welcome to the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering! Our historic name reflects Mines’ role in shaping metallurgy over the last nearly 150 years. Since the early days of supporting the Colorado gold and silver mining industries, which we still do, we’ve evolved to an internationally recognized faculty in metals in ceramics who run our world-class undergraduate and graduate degree programs in metals and ceramics. Research and education topics span applications like, aerospace alloys, light weight automotive sheet steel, ceramic fuel cells, and transparent armor. We go all the way from atoms to real materials! Our mission is to teach students the fundamentals that enable them to become materials engineers and scientists in an emerging new world that embraces sustainability, diversity, inclusion and access.
If you are one of our esteemed alumni, I welcome you to connect with us if you have not recently. If you are a student who has not yet decided on a major or career, I encourage you to reach out and see what we’re about! You will find a super-friendly and knowledgeable staff, a great group of professors, and some fantastic laboratory facilities.
Please welcome our newest faculty and staff additions: Professor Suveen Mathaudhu came from the University of California at Riverside where he was department chair. Before that Suveen was a program manager at the Army Research Office. He makes and studies new metallic and composite materials. Professor Megan Holtz (beginning as Assistant Professor on August 16th, 2021) was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. She makes and studies energy and electronic materials, including materials for quantum computing. We also hired Sarah Harling as our new hot shop manager where she teaches students how to weld, forge, pour metal, and blow glass.
In my role as interim Department Head during this coming year, I hope to see you on campus. Please stop by Hill Hall!
Interim Department Head
In 2024, the year of our 150th anniversary, we will celebrate Colorado School of Mines’ past, present and possibilities. By celebrating and supporting the Campaign for MINES@150 you will help elevate Mines to be an accessible, top-of-mind and first-choice for students, faculty, staff, recruiters and other external partners. When you give, you are ensuring Mines becomes even more distinctive and highly sought-after by future students, alumni, industry, and government partners over the next 150 years. We look forward to celebrating Mines’ sesquicentennial with you and recognizing the key role you play in making the MINES@150 vision a reality through your investments of time, talent and treasure.
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