CASA Faculty

We believe faculty and staff should work collaboratively to assist our students. The Faculty in CASA program breaks down traditional and structural barriers with faculty and students inhabitating a mutually shared commons.Each semester, four professors host the entirety of their required faculty hours within the CASA office. While in the office, faculty may assist their students, provide guidance and support and even tutoring. In addition, faculty may program impromptu study sessions with pizza provided!

The Faculty in CASA program was recently recognized by the National Academic Advising Association as an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program. CASA is honored to be recognized for the time, dedication and commitment faculty invest in supporting the needs of Mines students through this invaluable program.

Faculty Schedule

Faculty Bios

Prof. Vibhuti Dave, Computer Science & Electrical ENgineering

Vibhuti is a teaching faculty in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She has a MS in Electrical Engineering (2002) and PhD in Computer Engineering (2007) from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her first teaching job was at Penn State Behrend in Erie PA. However, she decided to move to CO in 2011 to get away from the 100 inches of snow every year and lack of sunshine. She enjoys teaching courses in the area of computer engineering such as, digital logic, computer architecture, and VLSI design. Her research interests include engineering education, computer arithmetic, and VLSI design. Teaching her classes is the highlight of her day. She loves being able to connect with students outside of class and is thrilled to become a part of the CASA community in Fall 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys remodeling and redecorating her house, hiking, and exploring CO.

Prof. Renee Falconer, Chemistry

Hi all!  My name is Dr. Renee Falconer but my students usually call me Dr. F.  I’m in my 7th year at Mines but have been teaching general and environmental chemistry for way longer than I am willing to admit!  I love talking with students about chemistry, science, books, travel, family, and life in general.  I’m originally from PA but have lived in a number of places and traveled to even more.  I hope you will come see me in CASA so we can study, learn and explore your future together.  Just remember – life is the ultimate journey, enjoy it to the fullest!

Prof. Andres Guerra, Civil & environmental Engineering

Andres (Dre) is a graduate of CSM, earning his BS in Civil Engineering and his MS and PhD in Engineering Systems. Dre is a professional engineer and has been teaching at Mines since 2009. He incorporates innovative approaches to educate Mines students about civil engineering applications in geotechnical and structural engineering, land development, construction practices, risk assessment, and optimization. He is the course coordinator for CEEN 241 and is part of the team of professors who leads the Civil Engineering Field Session.

Prof. Vince Kuo, Physics

Vince is a teaching professor in the Physics Department. Vince earned his BS and MS in Physics and his PhD in Physics Education. His area of expertise is physics education research and is working to further refine the studio physics curriculum.  Vince teaches Physics I, Physics II, and the Physics Field Session. He has received the Mines Alumni Teaching Award, the Martin Luther King Recognition Award, and Outstanding Physics Faculty Award.

Prof. Ashlyn Munson, Applied Math & Statistics

Ashlyn is a graduate of CSM, completing her MS and Ph.D in the AMS Department (known then as the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department) After finishing at CSM in 2009, she joined the Mathematics department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA for 7 years. She joined the AMS department here in 2016, and she and her family are thrilled to be back in Golden, CO and back at Mines. Ashlyn has taught courses in the Calculus sequence, and her specialty is in Statistics. She is now teaching the courses MATH 201, 334, and 335. In her spare time, she chases after her 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter as they explore Colorado.

Prof. Angie Sower, Chemistry

I am on the teaching faculty in the Chemistry Department, here at Mines, and am excited to be working at CASA this  academic year!  I look forward to working with General Chemistry students on both content and learning strategies, that will not only be applicable in a chemistry setting, but also throughout students’ education.  My background is in Biochemistry and I have been teaching at the college level for about 20 years in a variety of academic settings.  Colorado School of Mines provides a very special and unique teaching and learning atmosphere and I feel privileged to be a part of this community. When not at Mines, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, eating chocolate, and spending time outdoors!  Hope to see you at CASA!

Prof. Allyce Horan, Writing Center

I received my Master’s Degree in History from Florida State University in 2013 and promptly moved to beautiful Colorado! I’ve been a Writing Consultant at the Writing Center for two years, and I am also an Adjunct Teaching Professor for Nature and Human Values. I enjoy writing and hope I can impart some of my enthusiasm to you with each appointment. I understand writing is a process which may seem scary at first, but I believeit can lead to several fulfilling aspects both personally and professionally. Please feel free to stop by at any point in your writing process, whether it is brainstorming, outlining, or a rough draft! I have a passion for language which I am happy to share with you.
Faculty in CASA Alumni
  • Terry Bridgman, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
  • Kristine Callan, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Physics
  • Allison Caster, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Holly Eklund, MA, Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
  • Courtney Holles, MA, Teaching Associate Professor, LAIS
  • Scott Houser, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Economics & Business
  • Justin Latici, MA, AdjunctTeaching Professor, LAIS & Writing Center
  • Todd Ruskell, PhD, Associate Department Head, Physics
  • Scott Strong, Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
  • Bethany Wilcox, PhD, Teaching Professor, Physics