Ethan Palay is a clean energy scientist driven by a vision of a truly sustainable world, which is enabled by a paradigm shift in the way we generate, distribute and use energy. He has worked on next generation, printable solar cells, and on sustainable hydrogen production for fuel cell cars. Throughout his education, he experienced first-hand the mysteries which a research grant can unlock, and became compelled by a mission to help provide the urgently needed resources to the clean energy research community. Shortly after graduating from the School of Mines, he teamed up with other clean energy scientists and experts to create a mechanism for concerned citizens to fund clean energy research directly: the Alt-E Fund.
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Gus Greivel is a Teaching Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Colorado School of Mines. He has taught courses in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, as well as within the Interdisciplinary McBride Honors Program at Mines. He is interested in developing strategies to effectively teach mathematics within the STEM environment.
When he’s not on campus, he enjoys cycling, skiing, ice hockey and supporting his kids activities.
Jahi Sauk Simbai is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at Colorado School of Mines. His responsibilities center on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of graduate students. Mr. Simbai started at Mines in 2000 as the Associate Director of the Minority Engineering Program (MEP). Before moving to higher education Mr. Simbai worked as a Structural Analyst for Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. He has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from the Leeds School of Business and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of Mines, Mr. Simbai is known as Providence “The Verse” Lione, lead MC for the electro/hip-hop group “Reverb And The Verse” headquartered in Denver, CO. His overall passion is combining his love of education and love of entertainment to reach the community through ‘edutainment.’ Mr. Simbai is married to Alvina Vasquez, enjoys making music, playing basketball, and traveling.
Lauren Cooper is a passionate educator at Colorado School of Mines and loves teaching classes in both the first-year design program and the Humanitarian Engineering program. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, an M.S. in Building Systems Engineering from CU Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from CU Boulder, where she researched project-based service-learning and student motivation. She has industry experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and workforce training. She enjoys being a mom, doing yoga, and public speaking.