Economics Alumni Luncheons

Economics Alumni Luncheons

Throughout the Fall semester, undergraduate students in the Economics and BEMS programs connected with our alumni by enjoying lunches on the lawn. These lunch gatherings included a brief presentation from our alum, followed by an open discussion. The conversations spanned a wide-array of topics from academics to professional development to work-life balance. This fall, our students were joined by Mike Schaarschmidt (’10), Michael Tanner (’17), Maura Sullivan (‘12), Tony Scott (‘07), and Nick Van Gundy (’12).

Michael Schaarschmidt 

Michael Schaarschmidt is the director of Supply Chain Management and Integrated Business Planning team for the Ball Corporation Aluminum Cup Division where he manages customer fulfillment, transportation, and forecasting. At Mines he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management. Michael was our first visitor, speaking on September 10th.

B.S. Economics, M.S. ETM 10′

Maura Sullivan

Maura graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a BS in Economics and Business (2012) and an MS in Engineering and Technology Management (2013). She has held positions in various industries focused on realizing efficiencies and working with various stakeholders to solve complex problems. In her current role of Manager, Technology Governance Adoption and Performance at Maxar, she works with flight engineers, software developers, DevOps and Cyber Security experts to understand organizational risk to Maxar’s missions and develop and implement changes to processes, behaviors and standards to create a more resilient environment of cloud-focused technologists.

B.S. Economics, M.S. ETM 13′

Anthony Scott

Anthony (Tony) Scott has built an in depth understanding of the North American energy market by providing investment advisory services and leading teams of analysts focused on the North American energy complex for over 15 years. Mr. Scott cofounded BTU Analytics in 2014 as a boutique consulting firm focused on North American Energy markets. BTU Analytics grew into providing premier research and data services for the energy market and was acquired by FactSet Research Systems in July 2021. Mr. Scott currently is the VP of Energy Analysis for FactSet focused on developing their deep sector product offerings in Energy markets.


B.S. Economics, M.S. ETM 08′

Michael Tanner

Michael graduated from Mines in 2018 with his B.S. in Economics and B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.  He is currently a graduate student in the Mineral and Energy Economics Master’s degree here at Colorado School of Mines. Before returning to higher education, he established the Sandstone Group where he is currently still the director.  He delivers customized energy daily market research to his clients.  His career has included working for RARE PETRO Engineering in Denver where he was the lead commodities trader and research analyst.


B.S. Economics, M.S. MEE 22′

Nick Van Gundy

Nick graduated Mines in 2012 with an BS in Economics and 2013 with a MS in Mineral and Energy Economics. After graduating from Mines, he worked at Seagate as a Credit Analyst managing risk related to the sales of hard drives. In 2015, Nick joined SourceGas as a Sr. Quantitative Analyst and oversaw the management of SourceGas’s risk models, customer management, commodity pricing, and gas supply. In 2016, he joined the federal government as an Economist for the Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) and later as a Program Analyst. With ONRR , Nick has worked to manage the valuation of all federal natural resources by reviewing pricing, managing risk, and reviewing federal laws.


B.S. Economics, M.S. MEE 13′