NE starts new student organization, MINES

The School of Nuclear Engineering has a brand new organization, Minorities in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences (MINES), which is intended to provide a means for public education regarding nuclear energy, policy and technology. Its mission also is to facilitate minority recruitment into the nuclear sciences and develop a cross-disciplinary network of minorities and allies across industry and academia.


The 2020-2021 student officers are: Destiny White, president; Jalen Rice, treasurer; and Joshua Rodriguez, secretary. NE Head Seungjin Kim is serving as the interim faculty advisor. Mines members participate in professional development and mentorship opportunities and outreach efforts to community colleges, elementary and high schools. “The nuclear field is shrouded in public misunderstanding, which makes recruitment of individuals of all races difficult. It is MINES’ goal to plant and spread the seed of positive nuclear knowledge in underrepresented minority populations so that the nuclear workforce and academia may reap the benefits from increased diversity and inclusion,” White said. “We also hope to develop a welcoming culture for people of all backgrounds at Purdue NE so that minorities and allies in nuclear STEM feel supported and uplifted.”