Category: Announcements

Colorado School of Mines, BHP announce founding partnership for Global Energy Future Initiative 8/30/2022

Colorado School of Mines, BHP announce founding partnership for Global Energy Future Initiative

Colorado School of Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and BHP announce a founding partnership ahead of the Inaugural Global Energy Future Innovation Forum and Innov8x Challenge set for Sept. 7-8.  BHP becomes a founding partner of the initiative to drive innovative sustainable energy solutions. Through this partnership, BHP will sponsor research projects and participate in steering committees and working groups, adding industry expertise to solve complex problems. In exchange for their expertise, BHP will gain access to cutting-edge research critical to building a sustainable future for the mining industry. Through this partnership, BHP and GEFI aim to develop renewable, secure, resilient, and adaptive energy systems and infrastructure, fostering worldwide economic development while reducing environmental impacts.  August 30, 2022.

Fifty years of nightly global low-light imaging satellite observations 8/26/2022

Fifty years of nightly global low-light imaging satellite observations

Congratulations to the Payne Institute Earth Observation Group (EOG) for fifty years of service!  The EOG was formed in 1994 and has dedicated their efforts to making global nighttime light data products for uses by the science and policy communities. Many of the shortcomings of DMSP data were addressed with the NASA/NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) day/night band (DNB), which opened a new era in nighttime light studies. In total, EOG has produced 65 annual global nighttime light products and over 650 monthly products.  August 26, 2022.

Mines economics professor appointed to Colorado state advisory committee 8/25/2022

Mines economics professor appointed to Colorado state advisory committee

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Ian Lange has been appointed to the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.  Ian Lange, an expert in energy economics, will serve a four-year term on the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee.  August 25, 2022.

Mines department head wins Society of Petroleum Engineers international award 8/25/2022

Mines department head wins Society of Petroleum Engineers international award

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Jennifer Miskimins is awarded 2022 Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).  The honor recognizes superiority in classroom teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and special effectiveness in advising and guiding students.  August 25, 2022.

Morgan Bazilian Joins Wilson Center as Global Fellow 8/16/2022

Morgan Bazilian Joins Wilson Center as Global Fellow

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian has been named as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Institute, where he will work on the geopolitics of energy, with a specific focus on critical minerals supply chains. With over two decades of experience in the energy sector, Dr. Bazilian is a leading expert in energy security, international affairs, energy policy, and investment.  August 16, 2022.

Professor Jenifer Shafer named ACS Fellow 8/10/2022

Professor Jenifer Shafer named ACS Fellow

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Jenifer Shafer has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Fellowship recognizes members of ACS who have made exceptional contributions to the science or profession, in addition to providing excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.  Shafer, who joined the Mines faculty in 2012, is a full professor in the Chemistry Department and Nuclear Science & Engineering Program and directs the Fundamental & Applied f-Element Research Group.  August 10, 2022.

Director of Payne Institute for Public Policy named to U.S. Climate Security Roundtable 8/5/2022

Director of Payne Institute for Public Policy named to U.S. Climate Security Roundtable

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian has been nominated to the Climate Security Roundtable by Pentagon and U.S. State Department.  Dr. Bazilian joins a committee of more than a dozen experts from higher education, industry and civil society to provide support to the Climate Security Advisory Council (CSAC), a joint partnership between the U.S. intelligence community and the federal science community to better understand and anticipate the ways climate change affects U.S. national security interests.  August 5, 2022.

Payne Institute welcomes Dr. Caitlin McKennie

PAYNE INSTITUTE WELCOMES DR. CAITLIN McKENNIE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR CRITICAL MINERALS

The Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines announced that Dr. Caitlin McKennie has joined the institute as a Researcher, and will be focusing her work on critical minerals.  July 20, 2022.

Kamini Singha wins SEG Reginald Fessenden Award 7/13/2022

Kamini Singha wins SEG Reginald Fessenden Award

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Kamini Singha is the recipient of the 2022 Reginald Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).  Singha, whose research focuses on physical hydrologic processes on the Earth’s surface and subsurface, was selected for “her extensive and significant contributions of applied geophysics to hydrogeophysics, including critical zone hydrology, anomalous solute transport, and water resources management.”  July 13, 2022. 

GTI Energy’s President and CEO David Carroll Announces Retirement, Dr. Paula Gant to Assume Leadership Role 5/2/2022

GTI Energy’s President and CEO David Carroll Announces Retirement, Dr. Paula Gant to Assume Leadership Role

Payne Institute Advisory Board member Dr. Paula Gant will assume GTI Energy’s leadership as President and CEO effective July 5, 2022.  Since joining GTI Energy in 2019, Dr. Gant has led efforts to enhance the creation and market impact of technology-based energy and environmental solutions.  May 2, 2022.