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Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at the Colorado School of Mines is the largest department on campus, accounting for more than a quarter of the undergraduate population.

With the downturn in the fossil energy industry, more students are turning to ME as a degree that offers a multitude of potential career paths including manufacturing, aerospace and the growing field of renewable energy.

Since 2013 our student population has exploded, growing by nearly 75% in three years. Today we serve nearly 1,200 undergraduate and 150 graduate students - but we can't do it without your support. This rapid growth has crowded classroom and lab space, and led to a serious need for additional equipment - particularly in our Machine Shop and Senior Design “Garage.” Your gift will ensure we maintain our mission of providing a unique hands-on design curriculum throughout our degree program.

A gift of any size will make an impact:

  • $25 = 15 ¼” drill bits used for laser cutting and designing projects

  • $50 = new countersink set

  • 62 gifts of $50 = a new mini-CNC for the CECS Garage

  • 25 gifts of $100 = replacement of one of our 3D printers

With bonus funding from the challenge gift and bonuses, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will expand the capabilities of The Garage to increase opportunities for undergraduate students to realize their design ideas in hardware through 3D printing, laser cutting and materials testing. Your support means we can upgrade our well-used 3D printers - a gift to not only ME students, but the entire campus, as our current printers will be donated to the Blaster Design Factory Makerspace.

Your support truly does make a difference to our students, our department and our future. You have our most sincere thanks.

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About #idigmines Giving Day

Do you dig Mechanical Engineering? #idigmines Giving Day is one day to show your Mines love for the campus causes you dig the most. Thanks to the generosity of the Family Fund Chairs, James Kastenholz and Jennifer Steans, $35,000 is up for grabs!

$30,000 Bonus

Each of the 31 featured causes are vying for a piece of $30,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.

Additional Bonuses

There are three other ways your favorite cause can earn up to $5,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.