Copan, who officially joins Mines on July 6, is the former Under Secretary for Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce and 16th Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Mines held commencement ceremonies over three days, celebrating graduate and undergraduates students in the Spring 2021 class, as well as graduates from the Class of 2020, who returned for an in-person celebration.
Through the new collaboration, Mines academic and research faculty will gain greater access to laboratory staff, facilities, and resources, including prestigious Laboratory Directed Research & Development funding.
Mines conferred a total of 884 bachelor’s degrees during two outdoor ceremonies May 14 at Marv Kay Stadium. Class of 2020 graduates are also being welcomed back to campus for an in-person celebration on Saturday, May 15.