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Global Energy Future Innovation Forum and Challenge

September 7, 2022 - September 8, 2022

Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative for the first-ever Innovation Forum and Innov8x Challenge event.

The Global Energy Future INNOVATION FORUM on September 7, 2022 from 9:00am – 6:00pm will showcase some of the most ground-breaking research that makes Mines the leader in solving the world’s biggest challenges to the global energy future. The Innov8x CHALLENGE on September 8, 2022 from 11 am – 1 pm will feature presentations from Mines Students, pitching solutions to the most pressing Challenges and Problems facing industry today, and competing to win funding from GEFI to further pursue their innovative research.

This challenge event brings together Mines students, faculty, staff, and a world-class list of industry problem sponsors. Problem sponsors will supply students with challenges, that will push their skills to brainstorm innovative ideas by truly identifying the beneficiaries (people who would benefit when the problem is solved) and the innovation needed to successfully solve a presented challenge.

All innovative and entrepreneurial problem-solving #HelluvaEngineer students are welcome to join, including hard sciences to economics, business, and public policy. During the challenge, these #HelluvaEngineers will solve the challenge problems with the support of faculty and staff mentors, and our challenge problem sponsors.

For more information, or with questions please contact Sid Saleh, shsaleh@mines.edu, or Greg Clough, gclough@mines.edu.


September 7  (9am – noon) – Innovation Forum Event – Session 1
Location: Bunker Hall, Green Center

September 7 (noon – 1:15pm) – Innovation Forum Lunch (pre-registration required) 

September 7  (1pm – 4:30pm) – Innovation Forum Event – Session 2
Location: Bunker Hall, Green Center

September 7  (4:30pm – 6pm) – Innovation Forum Networking Reception (pre-registration required) 

(all times are in MT)


August 18 (4:30pm – 6:30pm) – Challenge Problem Sponsor workshop (virtual)

August 24 (4pm – 6pm) – Challenge Pitch Day (Problem Sponsors pitch challenges to students & student teams formed)

September 8 (11am – 1pm) – Challenge Event (student teams present solutions) – with networking lunch for everyone
Location: Grand Ballroom,
Mines Ben Parker Student Center


Keynote Speakers

(detailed Keynote Speaker Biography here)

Nima Brooks, BS’13 and MS’20, Global Head of Innovation & Ventures, Strategy and Integration for BHP

Alice Jackson, Senior Vice President, System Strategy and Chief Planning Officer, Xcel Energy

David C. Lawler, ’90, Chairman and president, bp America, Inc. and CEO, bpx energy, and Colorado School of Mines Trustee

Special Guests

John Hickenlooper, United States Senator for Colorado

Walter Copan, PhD, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Colorado School of Mines

Morgan D. Bazilian, Director, Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines

Faculty Speakers

(detailed Faculty Speaker Biographies here)

Linda A. Battalora, Teaching Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Sebnem Düzgün, Fred Banfield Distinguished Endowed Chair and Professor, Mining Engineering

Dorit Hammerling, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Andy Herring, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Elizabeth Holley, Associate Professor, Mining Engineering

Rennie Kaunda, Associate Professor, Mining Engineering

Ian Lange, Associate Professor, Economics and Business

Michael McGuirk, Assistant Professor Chemistry

Jennifer L. Miskimins, Department Head and Professor, Petroleum Engineering; Director FAST; Director Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics and Characterization

Manika Prasad, Professor, Geophysics; Director Mines CCUS Innovation Center; Co-Director, Center for Rock & Fluid Multiphysics

Ryan Richards, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Director, Joint Mines/NREL NEXUS Center

Jenifer Shafer, Professor, Department of Chemistry

Jonathan (Josh) Sharp,Director, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kamini Singha, Professor and Associate Dean of Earth and Society Programs, Geology and Geological Engineering

Jessica Smith, Professor, Engineering, Design, & Society, Director, Humanitarian Engineering Graduate Programs

Neal Sullivan, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Director Colorado Fuel Cell Center

Lori E. Tunstall, Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Bradford, Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Global Initiatives

– Moderator

GEFI Premier Events Sponsors

GEFI Innov8x Challenge Sponsors


September 7, 2022
September 8, 2022