Vanessa Rael


Project Manager

Vanessa joined Mines in February 2019 in the Academic Affairs department as a Business Process Engineer. A year later, she joined the PCMO as a Project Manager (February 2020), bringing critical analysis and re-engineering skills to the department. Prior to joining Mines, Vanessa was in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & K-12 Outreach at the University of Colorado Denver as an Operations Services Manager. As a Colorado native, Vanessa enjoys camping, biking, and pretty much any outdoor activity with her family.  

Certificate: Project Management Professional (PMP®) 


  • Vanessa’s husband is a twin and together they have identical twin boys.
  • She has visited more countries than states in the US and her time. In college, Vanessa studied abroad with Semester at Sea, where she traveled around the world and visited several countries including Mexico, Japan, China Vietnam, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Brazil.
  •  On the side, Vanessa is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and teaches cycle, yoga, and strength training classes.
  • She once held a human heart (don’t worry, it was while she was an intern for a pathology lab at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, CO)
          Relator, Positivity, Futuristic, Learner,