Miners of Tomorrow: Alex Nathe

Welcome to Miners of Tomorrow, a look at how recipients of Hexagon Mining scholarships are faring. Alex Nathe studies Mining Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Alex Nathe studies Mining Engineering at University of Arizona and receives a Hexagon Mining scholarship.

Bring us up to date with your progress at UofA.

From Fall 2016 I will be a Junior studying Mining Engineering with an emphasis on mineral processing. I am also an active member of the student chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).

How did the scholarship come about? Did you apply or were you picked?

Every spring I begin my annual hunt for scholarships and through my searches I found this scholarship. It seemed perfect being that it was coming from a mining company and was targeted exclusively towards mining engineering students. I am very honored and grateful to have received it.

Do you use MineSight or any other Hexagon Mining technology at UofA?

MineSight is utilized in many of the courses required for a mining engineering degree at the U of A. I haven’t used it yet, but in the next year, I know I will have at least two or three classes where it is used and I am excited to learn this complex and effective program.

What attracted you to mining as a career?

My favorite part of mining is that you can go anywhere with it. As with most college students, I experience the urge to explore new places and with mining I can stay with the same company and still live in multiple countries within a number of years while still doing important work. I also like the idea that mining is timeless. While techniques may change, the world is always going to need mining. It is a job that will never go out of style.

What are your life ambitions beyond career (family? travel?)

One day I would like to look around and see a house filled with 2.5 kids, a few dogs, and a loving husband. I would also like to peek in the garage and see a boat. A career is important but what fun is anything if you have no one to share it with?

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

I play a few instruments, including the violin and guitar. When I’m not playing those, I love to read, and of course I would be lying if I said I didn’t binge watch TV series on a regular basis.

Do you live on campus? What’s fun to do in Tucson?

I have never lived on campus. My first two years of college were spent at home with my parents because they supported me during the many mental breakdowns experienced by a science major. Plus my mom makes a mean pot roast. This year I will be living with a few friends in a house near campus. Having lived in Tucson all my life, I would say the best things to do relate to nature. Tucson is so beautiful and offers so many neat places to explore and hike and with Mt. Lemon nearby, you can enjoy the outdoors year round.

What’s in your iPod?

My iPod has over 600 songs on it as I never delete anything. It is a vast range of music that covers everything from classical to EDM. I never know what I’m going to hear next when it is on shuffle.

What’s the last book you read for pleasure?

The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. He is the same author who wrote The Great Santini and he just has this amazing ability to paint a clear image of the story.

Your top three dinner guests, dead or alive?

I like my dinner time conversation to be unpretentious so I would steer clear of classical painters or musicians. Instead I would invite people with whom I know I could have a lighthearted conversation, such as Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki along with Chris Pratt. I just feel that hanging out with the three of them would be a really good time.

Anything else to add?

I am excited to see what these final two years of school bring and cannot wait for my career afterwards. Thank you to Hexagon for lightening my financial burden and enabling me to further my education at the U of A