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 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

Bio coming soon

Prof. Andres Guerra, Civil & environmental Engineering

Bio coming soon

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

Bio Coming Soon

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.


Pr. Ashlyn Munson – AMS



Pr. Renee Falconer – Chemistry



Allyce Horan

Pr. Allyce Horan – Writing Center



Faculty in CASA Alumni
  • Terry Bridgman, MA, Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
  • Kristine Callan, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Physics
  • Holly Eklund, MA, Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
  • Renee Falconer, PhD, Teaching Professor, Chemistry
  • Andres Guerra, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Courtney Holles, MA, Teaching Associate Professor, LAIS
  • Scott Houser, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Economics & Business
  • Vince Kuo, PhD, Teaching Professor, Physics
  • Justin Latici, MA, AdjunctTeaching Professor, LAIS & Writing Center
  • Todd Ruskell, PhD, Associate Department Head, Physics
  • Angie Sower, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Scott Strong, Teaching Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics