My primary responsibilities at Colorado School of Mines involve teaching our large-enrollment, calculus-based physics courses for undergraduate engineering, computer science, and physical science majors using active-engagement teaching methods. As the Faculty Advisor to Mines’ Society of Physics Students (SPS), I have watched our organization blossom under strong student leadership as it selflessly participates in numerous on-campus and off-campus science education outreach programs while earning the nationally coveted SPS Outstanding Chapter Award 14 years in a row (2008 – 2021), hosting four regional SPS Zone 14 Meetings (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2014, and Spring 2017), and winning numerous Future Faces of Physics Awards and Marsh White Outreach Grants to promote our outreach efforts to local K-6 schools. Additionally, I have served on Mines’ Campus Undergraduate Council, Ethics Across Campus Committee, and Faculty Senate, and am an active proponent in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in Mines’ academic programs and undergraduate research enterprise.
Each fall I mentor 25 incoming students in our CSM 101 (Freshman Success Seminar) course. From 2009 to 2018, I directed a 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program associated with our NSF-sponsored Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC), engaging 176 students and 3 teachers in renewable energy research. In 2010, I developed and taught the ENGY320 (Renewable Energy) course that is now part of Mines’ Energy Minor Program. In 2022, I began teaching ENGY501 (Energy Resources and Electric Power Systems) that is part of Mines’ Advanced Energy Systems (AES) graduate program in partnership with the nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).