Faculty & Staff

Full-Time Faculty

Engineering Hall 128
303.273.3592
ahandorean@mines.edu

ALINA HANDOREAN // TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDS

Education:

  • BS & MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest
  • MA & PhD in Chemisty, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Biology, University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Campus

Experience & Specialties:

  • 15+ years experience teaching biology, chemistry, and fundamental engineering
  • Research Faculty and Lecturer in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department at CU Boulder
  • Research areas include: Environmental Engineering (Drinking Water, Bioaerosols), Chemistry, Cancer Biology, and Pedagogy
  • Passionate about teaching user-centered design, communication skills, and teamwork

CHELSEA SALINAS // TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDS

Education:

  • BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, CU Boulder

Experience & Specialties:

  • 10+ years experience teaching at institutions such as Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia University
  • Areas of interest and specialty include Engineering Design, Design for People with Disabilities, Biotechnology, Stem Cells, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, and Biomaterials
  • Focused on teaching design thinking strategies at both the freshman and senior level
  • Passionate about creating an engaging classroom, using active learning techniques, and integrating user-centered design approaches to create a targeted and meaningful experience for her students

Engineering Annex 128
303.384.2440
llight@mines.edu

LESLIE LIGHT // DIRECTOR OF CORNERSTONE

Education:

  • BS in Product Design Engineering, Stanford University
  • MBA in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School

Experience & Specialties:

  • 20+ year career in R&D and project management, including optimization & management at John Deere, and product development and management in Silicon Valley
  • Appropriate Technology, innovation, and humanitarian engineering at iDE (International Development Enterprises), expanding market based solutions to dollar-a-day farmers around the globe
  • Product development and business consulting in India, South Africa, Kenya, and Chile
  • Passionate about bringing user-centered design principles she learned at school and in her career to Mines’ cornerstone open-ended technical problem solving program

Engineering Annex 128
303.273.3010
mmattjik@mines.edu

MIRNA MATTJIK // TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDS

Education:

  • BS in Industrial Technology, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB)
  • MA in Project Leadership and Management, Regis University
  • MA in International Political Economy of Resources, Colorado School of Mines

Experience & Specialties:

  • 13+ years teaching at the Colorado School of Mines in Cornerstone
  • Primary Faculty Champion for the University Innovation Fellows
  • Background in industrial technology,  international political economy, project management and leadership
  • Research interests include student-centered teaching and learning, pedagogy in design, honors pedagogy and scholarship, diversity and inclusion in higher education, and ethics in engineering

Engineering Annex 128
303.273.3074
rbullock@mines.edu

ROBIN BULLOCK // TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDS

Education:

  • BS & MS in Engineering, Montana Tech
  • Pursuing PhD in Engineering, University of Alaska

Experience & Specialties:

  • 31 years of experience as a decommissioning, remediation and restoration manager/engineer across climates, industries and countries
  • Research focus in oil response tactics in the Arctic
  • Extensive knowledge of stakeholder participation, engineering design and project management

Engineering Annex 104
303.384.2044
yallam@mines.edu

YOSEF ALLAM // TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDS

Education:

  • BS & MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • PhD in Engineering Education, The Ohio State University

Experience & Specialties:

  • Previously taught in the Fundamentals Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served as the Affiliate Director for Project Lead the Way, as well as at The Ohio State University in the First-Year Engineering Program
  • Interested in spatial visualization, diffusion of evidence-based teaching practices, student applications of the design process, and fulfilling the needs of an integrated, multi-disciplinary first-year engineering educational environment through active and collaborative learning

Industry Advisors

Our Industry Advisers are adjunct faculty hired to teach Design because they have 10-15+ years of experience solving difficult, open-ended problems in a variety of industries.  They bring to their classrooms copious experience in group work, project planning, persistence, creativity, communication, professionalism, and tenacity, often with one foot still in the trenches.

ADAM DURAN

Experience & Specialties:

  • 11+ years at NREL in various positions, currently serving as Program Manager and GCxN Co-Director focusing on addressing market gaps by providing cleantech start-ups with technical and business development support to move their technologies from early stage prototypes to commercially viable energy solutions
  • Interests center around the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation, where he shares his practical knowledge of engineering design, technology commercialization, and startups with his students
  • Teaches at Mines in both Capstone and Cornerstone

Education:

  • BS & MS in Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • MS in Engineering & Technology Management, Colorado School of Mines

BRIDGET WETZEL

Experience & Specialties:

  • 35+ year engineering career spanning prestigious companies such as Ball Engineering, Anheuser-Busch, Alcoa, Sundyne, and the Florida Department of Transportation
  • Broad Material Science and Forensics Engineering plus Project Management experience covering the aluminum, packaging, oil/gas, and transportation industries
  • Specialties include structured technical problem solving, decision making, data analysis, and research
  • Strong application knowledge in Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiment
  • Uses her strong industry experience to bring communication, organization and effective teaming to the classroom
  • Passionate about encouraging students to embrace challenges and never fear hard work in engineering – or any part of their lives

Education:

  • BS in Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

CARA JUERGENSEN

Experience & Specialties:

  • Private sector as a consulting engineer with a focus on water resources such as urban drainage, stream restoration, flood control, and bridge hydraulics
  • Currently working at Bridge and Stream Engineering as a project engineer for surveying and site analysis including hydrology and hydraulics of existing bridges and culverts for the BNSF and UPPR railroads
  • Previously worked at Musetter Engineering and Boyle Engineering
  • Excited about sharing the knowledge she’s gained through her career as a professional engineer, along with the problem solving and communication skills that are associated with being a consulting engineer, with her students

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Colorado State University
  • PE, State of Colorado Civil Engineering

DANNY TRAVIS

Experience & Specialties:

  • Lockheed Martin staff project engineer
  • Previously served in various Project Engineer and Project Management roles at companies such as Tetra Tech/Rooney Engineering, Halker Consulting, RETECH Systems, and Halliburton
  • Passionate about teaching students innovation, open-ended problem solving, and collaborative idea generation

Education:

  • BS in Engineering – Metallurgy & Materials, Colorado School of Mines
  • MBA in Sustainability, CU Denver
  • PMP, Project Management Institute

DONNA BODEAU

Experience & Specialties:

  • 20+ years as a Senior Design Engineer at Thomas Electronics and Honeywell
  • 7+ years teaching/advising in both the Cornerstone and Capstone programs
  • 2+ years teaching in Computer Science
  • Specialties include research, product development, data and spectral analysis
  • Expert knowledge in cathode ray tubes and electron beam uniformity characterization
  • FIRST Robotics high school coach & recipient of the 2018 Woodie Flowers Award
  • Patents: staggered multiple CRT’s in a photographic process printer (US5373347A)
  • Special area of interest is developing solutions for people with disabilities
  • Passionate about teaching students design methodology, how to develop controller technologies, data analysis skills, and professional/business skills

Education:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Gonzaga University
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Sigma Nu

EMILY SIEVERS

Experience & Specialties:

  • 13+ years of experience in process engineering at companies such as ONEOK, URS Corporation, and Samuel Engineering
  • Currently Owner Principal and Sievalent Consulting, offering not only process engineering services but also document quality consulting, including calculation review, drawing review, proofreading/copy editing, and PowerPoint presentations in the oil and gas industry
  • Teaches in both Cornerstone and Capstone

Education:

  • BS in Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

GARRETT ERICKSON

Experience & Specialties:

  • 8+ years of experience in structural engineering, both as a project manager and lead discipline engineer, encompassing all phases of project delivery, including resource allocation and funding prioritization, project development/scoping, agency coordination, conceptual/preliminary/final design, public involvement, and construction support
  • Structural experience includes all types of foundation and retaining wall variants, hydraulic structures, energy structures, and bridges
  • Certifications from the National Highway Institute’s Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges certification, US Army Corps of Engineers LIS 3 Day certification, Confined Space certification, and LPS Leadership certification

Education:

  • BS in Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • MS in Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines
  • PE in Colorado and California

MIKE YOST

Experience & Specialties:

  • 35+ years engineering experience, with positions including senior project manager, regional manager, group/team lead, and field engineer
  • Expertise includes design and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure, public and private sector civil engineering projects, construction administration, material testing services, operations, growth and profitability, and project management
  • Other interests include skiing, biking, reading, music (piano and guitar), and handicraft

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska
  • MS in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Emphasis), University of New Mexico
  • PE in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, and New Mexico

NICOLE ELLISON

Experience & Specialties:

  • Over 20 years experience in structural engineering design, evaluation, repair of buildings, and forensic investigation
  • Structural analysis and design experience includes providing structural design, analysis, specifications and construction drawings, property condition assessments, full rehabilitation designs, and compliance observations.  
  • Projects range in size from single-family or multi-family residential structures to commercial and municipal structures.  
  • Professional Engineer, Colorado

Education:

  • BS Engineering (Civil), Florida State University
  • MS Engineering (Civil), University of Colorado Denver

ROBIN STEELE

Experience & Specialties:

  • 20+ years of engineering, business, and leadership experience, leading global research and development operations. 
  • Started and ran both software and service companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 business units to emerging small companies. 
  • 5 years teaching/advising in both the Cornerstone and Capstone programs
  • Recognizing employer’s need for graduates to have both technical acumen and “career-skills”, she joined the Mines staff with the singular mission to help prepare students to achieve high levels of success in their future careers.

Education:

  • Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Northwestern University, KMI Program (Executive MBA program)
  • MS Computer Science/Computer Engineering. University of Minnesota
  • BS Computer Science. Minors: Math, Statistics. Utah State University
  • Board of Director Development Program

RYAN WEBER

Experience & Specialties:

  • Owner at Weber Design Works, which utilizes state of the art software, machines and tooling to move ideas from paper to realityfocusing on CAD design, CNC machining and routing, 3D printing, custom sensor and automation, and general metal and wood fabrication
  • 8+ years at iDE traveling around the world managing, designing, and installing irrigation and solar energy based products for small holder farmers in the developing countries

Education:

  • BASc in Biological Engineering, Utah State University
  • MS in Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University

TAYLOR JOHNSON

Experience & Specialties:

  • Taylor is a structural engineer primarily working on transportation infrastructure projects throughout the western United States.
  • Over 12 years experience as a Bridge Engineer at a variety of companies such as Jacobs Engineering, HDR Engineering, and Wilson & Company
  • He has returned to Mines as an Adjunct Professor to mentor aspiring engineers, and to provide a more real-world, hands-on approach to engineering to give students a feel for what a ‘day-in-the-life’ will be like.

Education:

  • BS Engineering (Civil), Colorado School of Mines
  • MS Engineering (Structural), Colorado School of Mines

Brown Hall W350D
303.273.3248
tcase@mines.edu

TRACI CASE

Experience & Specialties:

  • ME Technical and Operations Manager
  • Served five years on active duty in the US Army where she led a platoon in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Served as a project manager and the Research Services team manager at the Water Research Foundation, a non-profit research collaborative for water, wastewater and stormwater research for 20 years
  • In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors – running, hiking, biking, trail building and backcountry skiing

Education:

  • BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • MS in Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Adjunct Faculty

The adjunct faculty hired to teach Cornerstone Design have multiple years of experience teaching students – in a variety of contexts – how to solve difficult, open-ended problems.  They bring copious classroom experience for group work, creativity, hands on skills, communication, professionalism, and tenacity, and have areas of specialty enabling us to offer discipline-specific content in the context of Design.

HAMID ALAMIN

Experience & Specialties:

  • Teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) – both SolidWorks and AutoCAD – and Skills labs for Mines since 2015
  • Solidworks certifications (CSWA, CSWP, CSWPA-SU, CSWP-MT, CSWP-DRWT, CSWP-WD)
  • Taught thermodynamics and heat transfer at Sirte university, Libya.
  • Prior work as Mechanical engineer in maintenance of HVAC systems.
  • Research: non-destructive testing (NTD), with specific interests in Modeling of Acoustic Emission Source and Wave Response in Layered Materials.

Education:

  • BS in Mechanical and Production Engineering, Sirte University, Libya
  • MS in Automation and Production Engineering, Joseph Fourier University, France
  • PhD & MS in Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

KAREN WYLIE

Experience & Specialties:

  • 15+ years teaching post-secondary and secondary students in a variety STEM classes focused on providing students with experiential and project-based learning opportunities
  • Designed, constructed, and implemented a school community-wide MakerSpace in a k-12 public school setting
  • Served as lead faculty of the Alternative Energy Technology program at Northwest State Community College, focused on serving displaced workers and preparing them for re-entry into the workforce with improved technical and academic skills and focused on building pathways for community college students to attain four-year degrees seamlessly with the 2+2 program
  • Former geotechnical consulting engineer focusing on site preparation, forensic investigations, and slope stability analysis

Education:

  • BS Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • MS Energy and Sustainability, University of Denver

LAURA READ

Experience & Specialties:

  • Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Research Applications Laboratory
  • Research areas include: Flood risk management, water resources planning and hydrologic modeling 
  • 5+ years experience teaching geographic information systems (GIS) , open-ended problem-solving, and technical writing

Education:

  • BS in Chemistry, University of Puget Sound, Washington
  • MSE in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Tufts University, Boston
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Colorado School of Mines, Civil and Environmental Engineering