An Oredigger Finds Community Far From Campus

Like many transplants to the Washington, D.C., area, Katie Huckfeldt ’13 struggled at first to find her footing. But, she says, the Mines Alumni Association’s D.C. M Club smoothed her transition when she relocated there after graduating from Mines with an environmental engineering degree. “It was so nice to come to a new city and find people from my school,” says Huckfeldt. “It was really beneficial, not just professionally but personally.” After reaching out to other alumni, Huckfeldt found a career as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Now, she spends her days reviewing applications for inventions related to electronic shopping to determine whether they meet the basic rules and legal requirements to...

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