Pioneers break molds. They challenge the status quo.
They exceed expectations. They swim upstream. The women in the SD Mines class of are no exception.
For years the male-dominated demographic at Mines has mirrored the science and engineering professions. History began to change in when the largest group of freshmen women to date registered.
Many of the women who attended Mines in the s lead amazing careers and we caught up with three of them for this article. Being at a school with so few other women was intimidating at first, and not without some challenges. Hammond, Stechmann, and Dorland dove headfirst into the college life, getting involved in extracurriculars there were no sororitiestutoring, and working on campus.
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Then in my sophomore year, I began to work for the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences. They jumped on the opportunity to be advisors and enjoyed taking part in Mines longstanding traditions. Things were still slow to change in the business world.
After complaining to a campus official, Stechmann says the group realized there was little they could do to fix the unfair situation at the time. But in following years, this group of women of the Mines class of were part of an initial wave creating change. These women credit their time at Mines as an integral part of the successful careers they went on to lead.
After graduation, Hammond moved to Minneapolis and landed a position in market research at General Mills. She got her MBA at the University of Houston, and then worked at the University of Denver doing research studies for corporate and government entities, including socio-economic analyses for some of the largest mines and power plants built during the s and '80s.
Her time at Mines taught her the enduring values of perseverance, hard work, and patience. Stechmann went into education after finishing her math degree at Mines. She taught in Minneapolis for 34 years and was widely recognized in her district and by parents as an exceptional math teacher.
She also was highly renowned as a mentor of new teachers beginning their careers. Today, female students have an abundance of resources at Mines. Were you among the early women graduates at Mines?
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