Cathy Skokan ’70, MS ’72, PhD ’75

Dedicating nearly 45 years to Mines and being the longest serving female faculty in the school’s history, Cathy Skokan is a well-known figure on campus. But her legacy extends beyond her time as a faculty member. Skokan received her bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering from Mines in 1970 as one of only a few female students on campus and made history when she became the first woman to receive a graduate degree from Mines, receiving both a master’s and PhD. Yet, she didn’t even realize she held this honor until about 10 years after graduating. “That shows you how much anybody paid attention,” she says. “We were just too busy doing it.”

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