Lynn Clark

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation's $1M gift will improve Edgar Experimental Mine

Edgar Mine is one of only five university-owned mines in U.S. — and the only one with a Wi-Fi-enabled underground classroom
Rendering of new Edgar Mine lower site building

The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has made a $1 million gift to the Edgar Experimental Mine Modernization Plan. It’s the company’s second $1 million gift in 10 years, establishing Freeport as the mine’s biggest supporter since Colorado School of Mines purchased it in 1921.

“We recognize the importance of learning facilities like the Edgar Mine in attracting and retaining students and faculty to help ensure a future talent pipeline,” said Tracy Bame, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation president. “We value the long-term partnership we’ve built with Mines to make sure future mining engineers receive high-quality, real-world education.”

The Edgar Mine is likely the largest and most sophisticated of five university-owned mines in the United States and the only one with a Wi-Fi-enabled underground classroom. The mine serves as an underground laboratory for future engineers responsible for finding, developing and processing the world’s natural resources. Many Mines departments conduct training and research there—some supported by industry—including work on improving mine safety and environmental impact.

Read more about the modernization plan on the Campaign for MINES@150 website

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Lynn Clark

Advancement Communications Writer, Colorado School of Mines Foundation
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Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and innovations to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future.