Professional graphics cards exist to fill a lucrative niche market. Professional software – like SolidWorks or ANSYS Fluent – and the time of the engineers using this software is extremely expensive. Companies that have spent a minimum of $5,000 on a single seat license for a professional program are willing to pay drastically increased hardware costs to maximize the productivity of their engineers. Professional graphics cards do this by carefully optimizing their drivers for specific programs and workloads. If your sole interest in graphics cards is pumping out higher framerates in Quake or Doom (or whatever kids are playing these days), these cards are not for you. If you are more interested in getting the most out of SolidWorks, you may want to consider a professional card.
Like many Mines students, Professor Nigel Kelly began his time in college knowing he was good at science but not knowing what direction to take from there. Originally Professor Kelly did not even want to go to college, as he was more interested in music, but with a little encouragement from his mother he applied and was accepted into the University of Sydney. He then took a gap year and traveled. Upon reflection during his year off from school Kelly realized he was "really really good at science," always getting his best grades in these classes. But during high school his "passion was always ancient history and politics and music, but science was actually more what [he] was able to do."
The NSBE Cultural Festival displayed both African and African-American customs and traditions in a fun and enriching celebration of culture and history. The festivities facilitated cultural celebration and blending through sharing traditional foods, performances, and dancing. The evening began with NSBE hosts providing attendees with foods such as moinmoin, efo, jollof rice, beans, chopped barbeque pork, and beef and chicken turned in Nigerian stew. While eating their fill and admiring the decorations, the audience was treated to a performance by a four-member, soulful jazz band by the name of JoFoke aNem. After the band, the NSBE brought slam poets Mahogany and Niyah from Slam Nuba to the stage to recite some powerful poetry ranging in topic from discussions of slam poetry and what it meant to each of the poets, to stories about life and personal struggles, to culture appropriation, to the bonds of family and humanity in general. Afterwords, the Ujamaa Dance Collective finished the night with a high-energy return to music through their performance with African drums.
A few students manage to make it out of Mines almost entirely normal. From start to graduation, they are able to largely conform to societal standards for acceptable behavior. The rest of the Mines geeks understand that complete normalcy is boring. Those in the latter category, like senior Aaron Gunzner, usually wind up just as successful and having a lot more fun.
Everyone has that one movie they watched over and over again as kids, and sometimes the viewing ended in rewinding, for DVDs had not become wide-spread yet in the 90's. This week, Minds at Mines asked, "What was your favorite movie from your childhood?"