Colorado School of Mines faculty were recognized for their research, teaching and mentorship at its annual awards celebration, held April 25 in the Student Center Ballrooms.Geoff Brennecka

Geoff Brennecka, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, received the Dean’s Excellence Award, which recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member for significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship.

Brennecka, who joined Mines in 2014, takes on an above-average teaching load and has earned exemplary teaching evaluations, said Interim Provost Tom Boyd.

“He has an affable, accommodating and inviting management style that allows students to flourish and feel comfortable asking for educational and career assistance,” Boyd said.

Brennecka has published more than 40 journal articles, established a research program with more than $2 million in external sponsorship and instituted a glass-blowing lab for students.

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