Current PhD Students & Alumni

Current Students

Operations Research with Engineering

Samuel Billingham

Operations Research with Engineering
sbillingham@mines.edu

Advisor: Professor Tulay Flamand (Economics and Business)
Co-advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • PhD student in Operations Research with Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (present).
  • M.S., Operations Research, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2012.
  • B.S., Mathematics, The University of North Alabama, 2004

Research

  • Continuous steel casting

Interests

  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Good food

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John Cox

Operations Research with Engineering
jlcox@mines.edu

Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • PhD student in Operations Research with Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (present).
  • M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, 2010.

Research

  • Energy system optimization and dispatch

Interests

  • Family
  • Outdoors
  • Travel

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Jennifer DiCarlo

Jennifer DiCarloOperations Research with Engineering
jdicarlo@mymail.mines.edu

Advisor: Professor Bill Eustes (Petroleum Engineering)

Education

  • PhD student in Operations Research with Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (present)
  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (June 2003)
  • B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautical Engineering, Math Minor, US Air Force Academy (May 2001)

Research

  • Concentrated solar power systems optimization

Interests

  • Triathlon
  • Latin
  • Animal rescue
  • Hiking

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Gus Greivel

Gus GrievelOperations Research with Engineering
ggreivel@mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Dinesh Mehta (Computer Science)

Education

  • M.S. Mathematical and Computer Sciences (Operations Research), Colorado School of Mines, 1994.
  • B.S. Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Colorado School of Mines, 1992.

Research

  • STEM Education
  • Scheduling and Assignment

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Skiing
  • Hockey

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Megan Muniz

Operations Research with Engineering
meganmuniz@mines.edu

Advisor: Professor Tulay Flamand (Economics and Business)

Education

  • PhD student in Operations Research with Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (present).
  • M.S., Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2017.
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2014.
  • B.S., Operations Research, United States Air Force Academy, 2013.

Research

  • Sports Analytics – Data Analytics and Optimization

Interests

  • Working out (Crossfit and hiking)
  • Listening to podcasts and books
  • Hanging out with family and puppies
  • Exploring local breweries

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Lois Kamga-Ngameni

Operations Research with Engineering
lkamgang@mymail.mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)
Co-advisor: Professor Jennifer Miskimins (Petroleum Engineering)

Education

  • PhD student in Operations Research with Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (present)
  • M.S. in Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2016

Research

  • Optimization of fracture conductivity using the Barre Conway model

Publications

  • Kamga-Ngameni, L., “Proppant Transport in Horizontal Wellbore Using Slickwater”.

Interests

  • Tennis
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Learning how to code

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Peter Nesbitt

Peter NesbittOperations Research with Engineering
nesbitt@mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • PhD Student, Operations Research with Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • M.S., Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012.
  • B.S., Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 2001

Research

  • Mathematical programming, specializing in network resilience and interdiction
  • Decision analysis and informing high stakes decisions
  • Applied optimization techniques

Interests

  • Anything with my family
  • Mountain biking, fly fishing
  • Dining
  • Eradicating my wife’s ‘to do’ list

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Oluwaseun Ogunmodede

Operations Research with Engineering
oogunmod@mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)
Co-advisor: Professor Gregory Bogin (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • M.S: Engineering & Technology Management, Colorado School of Mines, 2016
  • B.S: Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2015

Research

  • Underground Mining Analysis
  • Healthcare Scheduling
  • Energy Optimization

Interests

  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Outdoors
  • Traveling

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Joshua Pearson

Operations Research with Engineering
jpearson@mymail.mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Tulay Flamand (Economics and Business)
Co-advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2000.
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining, Colorado School of Mines, 1999.

Research

  • Technology Development
  • Project Management
  • Alternative & Renewable Energy

Patents

  • Integrated biorefinery for production of liquid fuels. January 2012: US 8093306
  • Integrated biorefinery for production of liquid fuels. May 2012: US 8168686
  • Biomass high efficiency hydrothermal reformer. February 2013: US 8367741
  • Biomass high efficiency hydrothermal reformer. January 2015: US 8936769
  • Biomass high efficiency hydrothermal reformer. September 8, 2015: US 9127220
  • Biomass high efficiency hydrothermal reformer. February 21, 2017: US 9574147

Interests

  • Mountaineering / Outdoors
  • Snowboarding
  • Fermentation Science
Levente Sipeki

Levente SipekiOperations Research with Engineering
lsipeki@mymail.mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Dinesh Mehta (Computer Science)
Co-advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • BS Computer Science 2011 Colorado School of Mines
  • MS Computer Science 2013 Colorado School of Mines

Research

  • Underground Mine Design
  • Constraint Programming
  • Social Network Analysis

Publications

  • Visualization of Morse Connection Graphs for Topologically Rich 2D Vector Fields Supplementary material
  • Simplification of Morse Decompositions Using Morse Set Mergers
  • Tarvin, D.A., L. Sipeki, A. Newman, and A. Hering. “Lessons Learned from a Company Dealing with Big Data“, Interfaces, accepted.

Interests

  • Family
  • Hockey
  • My Dogs

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Jesse Wales

Jesse WalesOperations Research with Engineering
jwales@mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • MS in Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology (2014)
  • BS in Physics, University of Texas at Austin (2002)

Research

  • Energy System Modeling and Optimization

Interests

  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Golf

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Mechanical Engineering Students

Joshua Betz

Joshua BetzPhD Mechanical Engineering
jkbetz@mymail.mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)
Co-advisor: Professor Brian Thomas (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Current
  • Winter / Summer Mountain Leaders Advanced Course, USMC, Bridgeport, CA, 2013
  • Combat Engineer Officers Course, USMC, Camp Lejeune, NC, 2013
  • The Basic School, USMC, Quantico, VA, 2013
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2010

Research

  • Scheduling optimization for continuous steel casting

Interests

  • Family
  • My dogs
  • Woodworking
  • Hiking

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Phillip Buelow

PhD Mechanical Engineering
pbuelow@mymail.mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering)
Co-advisor: Professor Robert Braun (Mechanical Engineering)

Education

  • PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Current
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Thermofluids, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, expected December 2018
  • B.S., Physics, Minor: Math, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2016

Research

  • Design optimization of concentrated solar power tower systems with thermal storage.

Interests

  • White water rafting
  • Skiing
  • Trail running
  • Climbing
  • Camel spotting

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William Hamilton

PhD Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Operations Research with EngineeringHamilton
whamilton@mines.edu
Advisor: Professor Rob Braun (Mechanical Engineering)
Co-advisor: Professor Alexandra Newman (Mechanical Engineering

Education

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, The University of Kansas (May 2015)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (December 2017)

Research

  • Design optimization of concentrated solar power tower systems with thermal storage
  • Dispatch optimization of concentrated solar power tower systems with and without photovoltaic
    hybridization
  • Off-design Rankine cycle performance modeling for the application of concentrated solar power systems

Publications

  • Wagner, Michael J., Alexandra M. Newman, William T. Hamilton, and Robert J. Braun. “Optimized Dispatch in a First Principles Concentrating Solar Power Production Model.” Applied Energy 203 (October 1, 2017): 959–971.
  • Wagner, Michael J., William T. Hamilton, Alexandra Newman, Jolyon Dent, Charles Diep, and Robert Braun. “Optimizing Dispatch for a Concentrated Solar Power Tower.” Solar Energy 174 (November 1, 2018): 1198–1211.

Submitted Papers

  • Hamilton, William T., Mark A. Husted, Alexandra M. Newman, Robert J. Braun, and Michael J. Wagner. “Dispatch Optimization of Concentrating Solar Power with Utility-Scale Photovoltaics.” Optimization and Engineering, Submitted, 2019.
  • Wales, Jesse G., Alexander J. Zolan, William T. Hamilton, Alexandra M. Newman, Michael J. Wagner. “Integrating Dispatch Optimization with a Maintenance Simulation Model for Power Plant Operations.” INFORMS Journal on Computing, Submitted, 2019.

Interests

  • Hiking/Backpacking/Camping
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing
  • Traveling

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