Professor and two students in McNeil Hall classroom

VIDEO: Introducing McNeil Hall and its new Capstone and Cornerstone Design classrooms
This week marked the opening of McNeil Hall—a new facility that will be home to, among other things, new classrooms for Cornerstone & Capstone Design. Classes, which had been meeting elsewhere or online for the first two weeks of the semester, began using the building’s classrooms this week. Carrie McClelland, associate professor in Engineering, Design and Society, had her class building “frankentoys” during their class on Thursday, while Yosef Allam, professor and director of Cornerstone Design (pictured above), was leading his section in defining and designing solutions to problems related to COVID-19. McClelland, in a Mines Minute segment taped yesterday, called McNeil a “fun, cool, state-of-the-art place to work.” Check out the full video, which certainly supports that claim, on the Mines YouTube channel.

McNeil was named in honor of alumnus and trustee Charles “Charlie” McNeil ’71 and his wife, Judy McNeil, who recently made a $5 million gift to Mines to support entrepreneurship and innovation programming. Read more on Mines Newsroom.

COVID-19 dashboard updated today—Mines’ COVID-19 dashboard was updated today with the latest results of Mines’ ongoing COVID-19 testing program, as well as other cases that the Mines COVID-19 Response Initiator Team (CRIT) is tracking. Next week, the dashboard will be updated further to share the results of Mines’ first two on-campus testing cycles. The dashboard is updated on Tuesdays and Fridays and is available here.

Mines Market will temporarily shift to takeout-only service tonight (Friday, Sept. 11)—The dining room will be closed this evening for cleaning and will reopen for regular service at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. This alteration in service is tied to a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community. Students and employees who have accessed this facility in recent days are not being asked to take special actions other than continuing to practice the virus precautions we must all follow on campus and off.

Answering community questions

Q: Will Mines discount fees for remote students this semester? 

A: Mines is not waiving mandatory student fees for the 2020-21 academic year. Aggregated student fees support vital student services, instruction, programs and operations across semesters and classes—not just in the current term.