When Mines Magazine’s editorial board and I sat down to plan this issue months ago, there was still a lot of uncertainty as to what Mines would look like this fall and what the future might hold for all of us as we continue to navigate the nuances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were also uncertain as to what role an alumni magazine had in the conversation.
With so much of our daily lives consumed by news about illness, a falling economy, job losses and more, we weren’t sure that pandemic- related content was the right fit for this issue. Would our alumni readers want a break from these topics and prefer to sink into the nostalgia of their alma mater for an hour?
But we came to the agreement that if anyone is going to spur innovation and change during this time, it’s scientists and engineers—specifically, the Mines alumni reading this magazine and the others who make up the Mines community. So we set out to tell the success stories, sharing how Orediggers are helping move the world forward in spite of this crisis. And we also looked to the other challenges we’re facing, such as the fight against racism and inequality, to inform conversations about how scientists and engineers can be forces for positive change in their professional lives and industries.
And although we’re focused on getting through these challenging times and taking care of the Oredigger community in the current moment, Mines also has an eye on the future. With the launch of the Campaign for [email protected] this fall, we’re focusing in on how we can spend the next four years further distinguishing Mines as a world leader in providing the innovation and knowledge the world needs. And Mines alumni will have a vital role in that effort.
I’m continually inspired by the hard work and dedication Mines alumni bring to the world, especially during difficult times such as these. I can’t wait to hear more about your work, successes and great ideas. Stay well, and keep thriving.