Laboratory unveils new joint-appointment agreement with Colorado School of Mines

Exchange enhances research at the Lab and teaching at the university

May 17, 2021

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Established in 1874, Golden-based Colorado School of Mines offers academic disciplines in science and engineering, particularly those related to earth, energy, and the environment.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 17, 2021—Los Alamos National Laboratory and Colorado School of Mines announce the signing of a new agreement to enable joint appointments between the two institutions. Through this collaboration, Mines academic and research faculty will gain greater access to Laboratory staff, facilities, and resources, including prestigious Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) funding. Jointly appointed Laboratory staff, in turn, will be able to teach courses at Mines, serve as collaborators on Mines-led proposals, and advise Mines graduate students.

“Educational partnerships like this one are a win-win for both institutions,” said Laboratory Director Thom Mason. “I look forward to sharing talent and technology, strengthening academic relationships, and building workforce pipelines.”

Located in Golden, Colo., the Colorado School of Mines offers undergraduate and graduate degrees from more than 16 academic departments including applied mathematics and statistics; chemical and biological engineering; chemistry; civil and environmental engineering; computer science; economics and business; electrical engineering; engineering, design and society; geology and geological engineering; geophysics; mechanical engineering; metallurgical and materials engineering; mining engineering; petroleum engineering; and physics.

“Colorado School of Mines is excited to expand our collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said Mines President Paul C. Johnson. “Over the years, Mines faculty and students and Los Alamos researchers have worked together on research projects of national importance, and this agreement will lead to new and exciting efforts related to our focus on earth, energy, and environment.”

The intent of the joint appointments is to facilitate retention, recognition, and recruitment of science and engineering staff and faculty while engaging students. The program strives to create a collaborative culture by establishing reciprocal benefits, rights, privileges, and obligations.

Interested Laboratory employees should email David L. Clark for more information. Interested Mines faculty should contact their department head. Joint appointments will require endorsement by a Los Alamos associate lab director or Mines dean.

About Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is a public university focused on science and engineering, dedicated to educating and inspiring students, advancing knowledge, and innovating to address the great challenges society faces today—particularly those related to earth, energy, and the environment.

Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have expanded to meet the needs of industry and society, producing distinctive graduates and revolutionary innovations, and becoming a world leader in advancing sustainable use of the Earth’s resources.