Alumni Accolades

David Baker
Dr. David Baker holds a Ph.D. in mineral economics with a specialization in operations research from the Colorado School of Mines, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering from West Virginia University. Over the years, he has garnered several prestigious recognitions and awards. He was asked to give the commencement address at Tusculum College in May of 2016. In 2017, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) presented him with the Captains of Industry Award for his work at DirecTV where he served as senior vice president of field services for AT&T. In that capacity, Dr. Baker oversaw the company’s national network of installation and service providers and was charged with improving the operational efficiency and quality of the customer experience. Previously, Baker served as executive vice president and COO for On Command Corp. and as CFO and COO for DirecTV Japan. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations of Sunrun, and has been a generous donor to the Operation Research program at the School of Mines for decades.
 
 
Andrea Brickey
ORwE recognizes the following 2019 award presented to Dr. Andrea Brickey: the Tim Shaw Award for innovations in teaching and learning from the Society of Mining Professors. Dr. Andrea Brickey completed her PhD in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering with a minor in Operations Research at the Colorado School of Mines in 2015 under the advisement of Dr. Mark Kuchta and Dr. Alexandra Newman. She is now an associate professor and assistant department head for the Mining Engineering and Management Department at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She received her Bachelor of Science in mining engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1999. Upon receiving her B.S., she worked in the mining industry for 15 years before accepting her current position. Her industry work focused primarily on mining planning and design at numerous operations and projects located in Africa and North and South America, mining copper, gold, silver, nickel, phosphate and coal. She has a post-graduate diploma in Management Practices from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business. She is the recipient of the Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Ph.D. Fellowship and a SME Academic Career Grant. She is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and South Dakota and a qualified person in mining engineering and ore reserves through the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. Her current research focuses on developing tools used to optimize underground mine production schedules.
 
Mike Scioletti

In 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Scioletti, a 2016 graduate of the Operations Research with Engineering PhD program, was named an Academy (permanent) professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and is currently leading its engineering-math program. Mike, like his advisor Dr. Alexandra Newman, actively advises many students. In particular, his cadets are pursuing honors thesis research with the goal of publication on topics such as sports analytics, Soldier health and fitness analytics, and precipitation forecasts involving Doppler radar estimates. In his 21 years of service to the US Army, Mike, a combat engineer by trade, has served in operational assignments with the 1st Cavalry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division.  He has deployed in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

During his tenure as a doctoral student, he published two papers in Optimization and Engineering and one in Applied Energy. He currently has a paper under revision at INFORMS Journal on Computing. These were the result of his doctoral work sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and relate to optimally designing and dispatching power for forward operating bases.

Mike is a 1998 graduate of West Point (BS, Mathematical Sciences) and, subsequently, the Naval Postgraduate School (MS, Operations Research). While pursuing his undergraduate studies, Mike played varsity baseball and was named the 1997 Patriot League Player of the year.  Upon graduation, Mike was drafted by the White Sox and in 2011 was inducted to West Point’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  He currently works as an officer representative and mentor to the Army baseball team, which is back-to-back Patriot League Champions.

 
Mike Wagner

Mike Wagner (along with Timothy J Silverman ) is one of two researchers from the National Renewable Energy to ever receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an award presented annually to academics nationwide by the White House; it is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to “outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology,” according to the White House announcement. Winners of the PECASE are nominated by a participating federal agency—the Department of Energy in this case—with the final selections made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The awards were established in 1996.

Dr. Mike Wagner joined NREL in 2009 and completed his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines while working full time. Wagner was recognized “for leading laboratory and academic teams in high temperature materials, applied mathematics, systems optimization, and power plant modeling–while engaging industrial experts–to answer fundamental questions on the capability and grid value of Concentrating Solar Power.”

“This is an amazing honor and I’m both excited and humbled to be recognized,” Wagner said. “I work with such a great group of researchers that it feels odd to be singled out in this way, but I’m happy that I have the chance to represent the Thermal Sciences team and the talented colleagues and students that I partner with outside of NREL. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin my career than NREL or for more motivation than to know that I get to be part of the transition to renewable technologies.”