Scott Strong—Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for AMS (Applied Math and Statistics)
Scott Strong is not your typical college mathematics professor. He bounds into class with more energy than all 30 students combined, uses the room as a coordinate system to model quadric surfaces, and always manages to evoke many more questions than calculus can possibly answer. Professor Strong is the epitome of an engaging lecturer, challenging each and every student who steps into his room to consider the real world application of a subject often considered too abstract.
"Would you rather wear a hard hat or a lab coat?" Professor Mark Seger is generally known around campus as the pyromaniac who teaches in Coolbaugh Hall. He makes the day of his students, putting on engaging demos that are not only educational but also entertaining. But what has made Mark Seger who he is today?
"Even though we are in Colorado, we still haven't legalized dividing by 0." Professor Rod Switzer brings humor into his lectures from every possible angle (no pun intended). This is one of the reasons why most students have enjoyed taking his classes. He is able to make students laugh and smile during his job as lecturer at Colorado School of Mines.
There is one person on campus that does not get nearly as much respect as he should. Every student, faculty, and staff member has heard of him but no one knows the real story and even fewer have even tried to talk to him. He is campus's only ghost.
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."