Winter 2013 Newsletter



Division of Economics and Business
• • •January 2013 ISSUE • • •
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              January 2013


• Interdisciplinary PhD Program - Operations Research with Engineering •

In 2011, Mines began offering an interdisciplinary doctoral degree with a specialization in operations research.  Dr. Alexandra Newman, Associate Professor in the Division of Economics and Business is the coordinator of this new multi-departmental program.  Course requirements are taken from the departments of Applied Math and Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Division of Economics and Business.  Electives can be taken from these departments, as well as the from the departmnts of Mining Engineering and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.  Currently ten students are enrolled, including two international students, three students from the United States Army, two women, and one minority.  The students are conducting research in the areas of mining, energy, and natural resources, among other applications.  The first students are expected to obtain their degress in the spring of 2014 

Executive in Residence

The annual Executive-in-Residence (EIR) seminar series features a leader from industry who passes on insight and knowledge to the graduate students in the Engineering Technology Management Program. In spring 2013, we welcome Dr. Charles H. Scoggin. Dr. Scoggin's lectures will explore leadership in a global entrepreneurial environment. Dr. Scoggin received his medical degree from the University of Colorado. He is Chief Executive Officer of N30 Pharmaceuticals, a Boulder based company focused on developing human therapeutics that promote organ repair, regeneration and healing. The seminars are free and open to the public. They will be held in Hill Hall, room 202 on January 22, February 5 and 19, March 19, April 2 and16 from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.

ETM Leadership

The Engineering and Technology Management graduate students began the fall semester with a new leadership and team-building exercise. Students participated in a "ropes course" exercise that allowed current and new students to meet and interact as teams. During the problem-solving activities, participants confronted difficult group challenges while learning how to work together. Each activity was designed to resemble work-like situations so the learning became applicable to work-based problems and solutions. Students enjoyed the exercise, many asking if we could repeat it in the winter. All agreed the day was challenging but highly rewarding. We appreciate the generous support of the ETM Program from Jerome and Rebecca Broussard as well as the donations of alumni who make events like this possible.

Entrepreneurship Minor for Undergraduates

Many Mines graduates have started successful companies. We have heard from many alumni that they wish their Mines education had included courses that would have helped them get their businesses going right out of school. Beginning in Fall 2012, the Division of Economics and Business began offering an Area of Special Interest in Entrepreneurship.  A sequence of four required courses introduces students to the fundamentals of business, the principles of entrepreneurship and business plan development. Students who complete the ASI will leave Mines business with plans to help them launch their own companies.

•China Mining 2012 Welcomes Dr. Rod Eggert •

On November 4, Dr. Rod Eggert gave a keynote speech at the China Mining 2012 conference in Tianjin, China.  His presentation was titled "Economics Perspectives on Global Mineral and Metal Markets."  Over the next three days speakers from China, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Mongolia, Peru, Sudan, South Africa, Venezuela and other countries gave presentations on the key issues facing the mining industry today. 
•Economics Club Hosts a Political Debate •
William On November 1st, prior to the national election, the Young Democrats and the College Republicans debated foreign and domestic policy, education, healthcare, and other policy issues.  The Economics club organized the event.  A unique feature of the debate allowed those in attendance to participate in various polls throughout the evening via i-Clickers.  Approximately 120 students attended, observing and learning from the discussions.  



Where Are You Now?

Mark Cleveland, MS '10, ME, is working in Calgary at Talisman Energy.  He is building development and economic models used for capital planning.

Stephen Doppler, MS '85, ME, is working for Adam Smith in Afghanistan. He is a Mineral Economics Advisor to the Ministry of Mines.

Make a gift to the Economics and Business Alumni and Friends Fund

• Keep in Touch •
Thank you for keeping us informed of your professional accomplishments.  We update our website with the information you send us.  Updates can be sent to Kathleen Martin.


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