Author: Anica Wong

Shooting for the Space Station

When Penny Pettigrew ’92 was a young girl in California, she dreamed of being an astronaut. Growing up in the era of space exploration, it wasn’t an uncommon aspiration for her and others her age. Further inspired by the 1986 movie SpaceCamp, Pettigrew hoped she’d be able to visit space one day.  Determined to achieve this goal, Pettigrew applied to Mines. She visited the school for a quick tour to make sure it was the right fit for her, then started on the path to earn a chemistry degree that eventually led to a job as the space station...

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Alumni golf tournaments support student success

Tournaments and Dates: 18th Annual Houston Endowed Scholarship Golf Tournament April 27, 2018 | Gleannloch Pines Golf Club 9th Annual Endowed Oklahoma Scholarship Golf Tournament May 4, 2018 | Rose Creek Golf Club   4th Annual Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament May 18, 2018 | Bear Creek Golf Club 34th Annual Golden Scholarship Golf Tournament June 8, 2018 | West Woods Golf Club “I was one of the original organizers for the Houston alumni scholarship golf tournament. Two other Houston colleagues and I spent more than ten years organizing and marketing a successful tournament that would help financially challenged students...

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Flying under a new call sign

During 13 deployments to the Middle East, Lt. Colonel Rob Aikman ’01 was a pilot in charge of refueling fighter and bomber aircraft mid-flight. Now, he pilots Air Force Two, a military plane with the radio call sign used for the Vice President of the United States. “It still blows me away to this day when we fly around the world and get off that aircraft and you see the blue and white, the ‘United States of America’, and the flag on the tail,” said Aikman. “We are flying around, spreading democracy and freedom and representing the United States...

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Improving Infrastructure, Strengthening Communities

The need for quality and thoughtful urban infrastructure across the nation continues to escalate, and with recent engineering technology advancements, engineers are stepping up to meet the growing demand. In this year’s annual report card put out by the American Society of Civil Engineers on the state of the nation’s infrastructure, America scored a D+. It’s clear there is still some work to do, and Mines is poised to make big impacts as one of the premier institutions educating tomorrow’s civil and underground engineers; Mines offers the only graduate degree program in underground construction and tunnel engineering in North...

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Supporting Critical Thinkers

Don Thorson ’55  has been an innovative problem-solver since his earliest days growing up on an oil field in Newcastle, Wyoming. When he was six years old, he found an abandoned eight-foot oil tower. “I could make myself a drilling rig and I could drill holes in the ground with that. It worked just like the big ones did,” Thorson recalled. His father, who first owned a small oil field containing five wells and then went on to mine bentonite, was always trying his hand at different things and encouraged Thorson to think about problems with fresh eyes. In...

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