Tracy Gardner ’96

Tracy Gardner ’96, Faculty Trustee

Term began January 1, 2021
Term expires December 31, 2022

Tracy Gardner is a Teaching Professor in the Chemical & Biological Engineering (CBE) Department at the Colorado School of Mines.  She has taught over 20 different courses at Mines, with her current main CBE courses being Material & Energy Balances, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, and Reaction Engineering. She also teaches Distance Running for the Athletics Department every semester!  She is active in many campus committees and initiatives including the Faculty & Staff Giving and Campus Culture Change Committees and working with Admissions on events like Preview Mines and Discover CSM. 

She earned B.S. degrees in Mathematical & Computer Sciences (MCS) and in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering (CPRE) (’96) and an M.S. degree in CPRE (’98) from CSM.  She earned her Ph.D. at CU Boulder and did Postdoctoral research at TU Delft in the Netherlands, both focusing on transport in inorganic membranes/catalytic membrane reactors.  Since returning to Mines in 2004 as faculty, her research focus has shifted more toward pedagogy – understanding how students best learn and retain information and skills – and has particular interest in finding the best ways to engage, motivate, and authentically assess learners in any type of course.  Prior to the 2019 pandemic, Tracy had developed and facilitated a hybrid version of Heat and Mass Transfer and an online version Material and Energy Balances at CSM.  She has also worked on developing online resources and assessments for face-to-face (F2F) courses, including Field Session in CBE when it had to be offered remotely in 2019.

Tracy loves everything Colorado School of Mines and says that her blood runs blue and silver.