About Nexus

The world faces multiple challenges in energy and sustainability presented by global megatrends and needs. The Mines/NREL Nexus facilitates cooperation in areas of common mission, where combined capabilities can lead to solutions for key global challenges, and a means to pursue opportunities to address them.

Nexus is the embodiment of the decades-long Mines/NREL relationship. It is a joint partnership that strengthens, accelerates, and enhances all separately funded collaborative activities between NREL and Mines.

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The people are the driving force behind what we do.

Find out more about our affiliations and collaborators on the projects page.

Nexus Leadership

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Mines Lead

Dr. Ryan Richards
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Colorado School of Mines

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Dr. Ellen Morris
Director, University Partnership Programs
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Nexus leverages the combined capabilities of Mines and NREL to innovate solutions for key global challenges.

Affiliated Faculty at Colorado School of Mines

Sumit Agarwal, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Geoff Brennecka, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Cristian Ciobanu, Mechanical Engineering

Gabe Fierro, Computer Science

Prashun Gorai, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Andrew Herring, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Cynthia Howell, Critical Materials Institute

Eliot Kapit, Physics

Carolyn Koh, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ryan O’Hayre, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Corinne Packard, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Ryan Richards, Chemistry

Alan Sellinger, Chemistry

Meenakshi Singh, Physics

Vladan Stevanovic, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Paulo Cesar Tabares Velasco, Mechanical Engineering

Eric Toberer, Physics

Brian Trewyn, Chemistry

Jeramy Zimmerman, Physics


Adam Warren, Director Integrated Applications Center

Adele Tamboli, Material Science

Andriy Zakutayev, Physics

Benjamin Kroposki, Power Systems Engineering Center

Bryan Pivovar, Materials Science

Calvin Mukarakate, Biofuels

Daniel Ruddy, Inorganic & Materials Chemistry

David Ginley, Chief Scientist, Photovoltaics

David Robichaud, Computational Modeling

Janet Reyna, Building Energy Modeling

Jesse Hensley, Chemical Engineering

Jonathon Stickel, Senior Research Engineer, Renewable Energy

Judith Vidal, Building Energy Science


Justin Johnson, Chemistry

Kerry Rippy, Inorganic Chemistry

Matt Beard, Materials Science

Matthew Reese, Physics

Matthew Thornton, Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Center

Mike Guarnieri, Molecular Biology

Nancy Haegel, Center Director; Materials, Chemical and Computational Science

Panos Datskos, Senior Research Operations Director; Wind Manufacturing

Paul Stradins, Principle Scientist; Energy Sciences

Peter Green, Deputy Laboratory Director, Science and Technology; Chief Research Officer; and Alliance Senior Vice President

Ryan France, Materials Science

Steve Harvey, Materials Science

Todd Deutsch, Chemistry

Center Staff

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Debbie Haywood

Center Administrator

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Kelly Hummel

Operations, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations