Chinese science society exec, descendant of 1914 Mines grad, visits campus

One of the leaders of the largest professional society of scientists and engineers in China – who has an interesting historical connection to Colorado School of Mines -- paid a visit to the university Feb. 19.

Dr. Cheng Donghong, vice president and executive secretary of the China Association for Science & Technology (CAST), toured campus labs and met with faculty, staff and students at Mines before giving a talk regarding the activities of her organization.

Dr. Cheng, who has studied physics and has a doctorate in science education, is the descendant of a 1914 graduate of Mines. Her grandfather earned degrees in mining and mechanical engineering and eventually returned to China to make important contributions to mining.

CAST, which is the Chinese counterpart of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is responsible for promoting public science education and scientific research in the largest country in the world.

For more information on CAST, see the organization’s website.