You may remember Steve Holmes. He's the UA mining engineer alumnus who worked for Asarco who, along with Asarco LLC President Manuel Ramos, coordinated the refurbishment and donation of a 40-foot drill jumbo to the UA's San Xavier mining lab, for training future mining engineers.
Holmes was the general manager at Asarco's copper- and silver-producing mine near Kearny, Ariz. He's since resigned from Asarco to take on a new, exciting position in Chile, South America. He and his wife Cindy (also UA alumna) are preparing for the move to Antofagasta, Chile, where Holmes will be leading the construction, commission and operation of a large copper-molybdenum mine. "Working in a foreign country and learning a new culture and language have always been on my 'bucket list,'" Holmes says of the move. "Now is the time to do it."
Holmes took a break from concerns about the satellite TV and high-speed internet connectivity in Antofagasta ("so I can watch the Cats play!') to share some thoughts and memories of his time at the University of Arizona with the readers of Arizona Engineer Online.
How has your UA education benefitted you?
The UA gave me the engineering and social skills to be a successful problem solver and communicator. It taught me that working hard to do well academically pays off and opens all types of life opportunities.
What are your favorite memories from your time at UA?
Football games, passing tough tests, meeting all kinds of different people, painting Wildcat foot prints across campus, and just having a blast!
Tell us something about yourself that people might be surprised to learn.
I married my high school sweetheart, who attended the UA on a track and field athletic scholarship, and who is also a Golden “A” award winner. Keeping the tradition of being a Wildcat, my oldest daughter Mandy was a UA cheerleader, assuming the duties and responsibilities of squad co-captain for three years. GO CATS!
How did you come about attending the UA?
My brother Jeff (also UA alumnus) and my girlfriend and future wife Cindy were attending -- plus the UA had a terrific engineering program.
Tell us about your hobbies and pastimes.
I love spending time with my children and grandkids, getting together with friends, hitting the golf ball and attending UA football and basketball games. I also love to travel and have been to over 30 countries.
Describe something remarkable or noteworthy you have experienced since graduating.
That your university experience is just the beginning of what the world has to offer. In working in many countries you learn to appreciate the opportunities we have in the United States. It’s too easy to take what we have for granted.
What are your hopes for the future of UA?
I hope the UA maintains its rich traditions of providing a terrific learning opportunity plus the diverse social networks that thrive there. I hope that the state of Arizona is willing to support this unique land grant university and that the university doesn’t become driven mostly by private funding. Small niche programs give the UA much of its great character and history, and need to be supported.
Anything else you'd like readers to know?
That even in South America we’ll be cheering on the Cats -- thank goodness for satellite technology!
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