Programs Offered

  • Minor in Energy
  • Area of Special Interest in Energy

The discovery, production, and use of energy in modern societies have profound and far-reaching economic, political, and environmental effects. As energy is one of Mines core statutory missions, several Mines departments have come together to offer Minor and Area of Special Interest (ASI) programs related to Energy. The 18-credit Energy Minor adds value to any Mines undergraduate degree program by not only addressing the scientific and technical aspects of energy production and use but its broader social impacts as well. The Energy Minor program is intended to provide engineering students with a deeper understanding of the complex role energy technology plays in modern societies by meeting the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will gain a broad understanding of the scientific, engineering, environmental, economic and social aspects of the production, delivery, and utilization of energy as it relates to the support of current and future civilization both regional and worldwide.
  2. Students will develop depth or breadth in their scientific and engineering understanding of energy technology.
  3. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of energy science and technology to societal problems requiring economic, scientific, and technical analysis and innovation while working in a multidisciplinary environment and be able to communicate effectively the outcomes of their analyses in written and oral form

Primary Contact

Tim Ohno & Kathleen Hancock
303-273-3847 / 303-384-2407;


Reuben T. Collins, Physics Department Emertius

Elizabeth Van Wie Davis, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Roderick G. Eggert, Division of Economics and Business

Linda Figueroa, Division of Environmental Science and Engineering

Greg S. Jackson, Mechanical Engineering

Mark P. Jensen, University Chair in Nuclear Science and Engineering

Manika Prasad, Petroleum Engineering

Angus A. Rockett, Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Head of Department

Sridhar Seetharaman, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

P.K. Sen, Electrical Engineering

Roel Snieder, Department of Geophysics, Keck Foundation Professor of Basic Exploration Science

Associate Professors

Kathleen Hancock, co-director, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

John Heilbrunn, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Andrew M. Herring, Department of Chemical Engineering

Kathryn Johnson, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Masami Nakagawa, Department of Mining Engineering

Timothy R. Ohno, co-director

Marcelo Simoes, Division of Engineering

Neal Sullivan, Associate Professor

Eric Toberer

Assistant Professors

Eric Toberer , Department of Physics

Jeffrey C. King, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Jeramy Zimmerman

Teaching Professors

Linda Battalora, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Charles Stone, Department of Physics

Teaching Associate Professors

Joseph Horan, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

John M. Persichetti, Department of Chemical Engineering