From the Chapters

The Presidents of local USAEE Chapters are cordially invited to submit write-ups with photographs about their chapter activities.  Please contact the Editor at robertborgstrom2@gmail.com for further information and submission guidelines.



Welcoming our newest affiliate,

Colorado School of Mines Chapter (Golden, CO)


CSM Chapter Officers:[from left] Mathew Doyle, Vice President; Jacquelyn Pless, Secretary; Braeton Smith, President; and Ernesto Guzman, Treasurer


The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Chapter, the newest affiliate of USAEE, has been close to a year in the making and finally kicked off with its first meeting in April 2014. CSM is the ideal place for a USAEE chapter as it has a thriving energy community and houses the well-known Mineral and Energy Economics program, where an abundance of students and faculty researching energy issues reside. The chapter was primarily borne out of a strong desire to see better representation of the program at the USAEE conferences, but the chapter objectives have grown to include a speaker series, Denver-area networking events, discussion lunches, USAEE conference scholarships, and other activities.

The CSM chapter already made its mark at this year’s IAEE International Conference in New York this past June. Officers Braeton Smith, Matt Doyle, Jacquelyn Pless, and Dr. Harrison Fell all presented research, with Jacquelyn being nominated as a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award.  The chapter is now in the process of gearing up for its fall agenda, which will include a chapter-hosted speaker series, a networking event, regular membership meetings, and other events. The chapter currently has about 21 members (17 students, 2 faculty, 2 alumni), 8 of which are members of the USAEE (7 student, 1 full). Membership is expected to grow after the Fall Kickoff Meeting on September 2nd.

Although the chapter is headquartered at CSM in Golden, Colorado, membership is open to anyone in the Denver/Front Range area with a strong research or professional interest in energy economics. We encourage any current  USAEE members in the area to please contact the chapter president, Braeton Smith, or vice president, Matt Doyle, to become a member and help grow this network.

CSM Chapter President: Braeton J. Smith (PhD Student, Mineral and Energy Economics), bsmith3@mines.edu