History: the 2000s
— Students experience zero-g with NASA research program on KC-135.
— CAMP receives honored Boeing Outstanding Educator Award.
— Civil/Mechanical Building undergoes complete renovation; creates living laboratory.
— SDSM&T Foundation receives first million dollar gift.
— Governor Janklow’s Digital Dakota K-12 Internet Distance Learning project completed.
— Terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania take the lives of 2,998 people.
— The School of Mines holds the first Youth Engineering Adventure, a summer residential program for high school students to experience hands-on engineering.
— Dr. Keith Whites named the first recipient of the Steven P. Miller Endowed Chair in electrical engineering.
— Golf program reintroduced with men’s and women’s teams.
— Solar car competes in the Formula Sun Grand Prix solar vehicle national competition, taking second place.
— Alumnus Steven P. Miller donates $1.2 million to create telecommunications laboratory.
— School of Mines team wins the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge for third consecutive year.
— Former South Dakota senator and presidential candidate George McGovern speaks on campus.
— School of Mines dedicates Rama Materials Laboratory in honor of Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan.
— Student Andrew Farke earns Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
— Students vote to expand the Wellness Center, adding modern exercise equipment, television sets, and a sound system.
— Robotics team wins Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers regional robotics competition.
— Dr. Charles P. Ruch named sixteenth president of the School of Mines.
— Dr. Stu Kellogg, Ervin Pietz professor and industrial engineering chair, selected as the 2003 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching South Dakota Professor of the Year.
— Advanced Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory (AMP) dedicated.
— New bachelor’s degree program in mining engineering and management established.
— School of Mines joins Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 900 colleges and universities committed to the civic purposes of higher education.
— Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale (CAAN) created through State of South Dakota Governor’s 2010 Initiative.
— Howard Peterson Residence Hall opens to students.
— Freshman Introduction to Real Success at Tech (FIRST) program implemented, helping students develop connections with each other and the university.
— Tech Development Laboratory (TDL) opens, housing several modern research activities and projects.
— School of Mines creates Multicultural Action Committee.
— Christensen Hall of Fame completed.
— Interdisciplinary Sciences degree realigned into four specializations.
— School of Mines adopts higher admissions standards, leading to more better-prepared students and higher retention.
— Higher Education Center — West River opens.
— School of Mines signs memorandum of understanding with RESPEC.
— President Charles Ruch appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
— Tablet PC program implemented.
— Ph.D. program established in nanoscience and nanoengineering.
— Women’s basketball team advances to NAIA National Tournament after being crowned conference champions.
— First American Indian student receives Ph.D. from the School of Mines.
— School of Mines and EROS Data Center sign memorandum of understanding.
— Concert Choir and Master Chorale return from international music competition with three first-place trophies and a second-place certificate.
— Master’s and Ph.D. programs in biomedical engineering established.
— Black Hills Business Development Center opens on School of Mines campus.
— Aero Design team takes first place at national competition for the second consecutive year.
— School of Mines reorganizes into two colleges: the College of Science and Letters and the College of Engineering.
— Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team takes first place at the International Aerial Robotics Competition.
— The Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development (CBRD) created through State of South Dakota Governor’s 2010 Initiative.
— Computational Mechanics Laboratory (CML) opens.
— Museum of Geology unveils most complete juvenile plesiosaur specimen to come out of Antarctica.
— Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program implemented.
— The School of Mines experiences its highest retention rate — 75.8 percent.
— Dr. Hamid Al-Bayati, Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations and a Deputy President of the U.N. General Assembly, addresses the campus.
— Montileaux print accepted into Smithsonian’s Museum for the American Indian permanent collection.
— Ph.D. program in chemical and biological engineering established.
— The Good, The Bad, And The Nerdy takes home first place at the Red Bull Soapbox Race.
— Website www.GoToMines.com recognized as one of the top admissions websites in the country.
— The Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
— One hundred and twenty-one employers from 25 states attend the Fall Career Fair, the largest in campus history.
— School of Mines receives Dakota Athletic Conference Scholars Award for third consecutive year.
— National Science Foundation selects Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at Homestake as the development site for the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).
— School of Mines named one of “America’s 100 Best Buys” for 10th consecutive year.
— Economic Impact Report finds that the university generates approximately $200 million in economic impact to the state.
— Nucor donates $1 million to establish the Nucor Endowed Professorship for Metallurgical and Steelmaking Technologies and names Dr. Dana Medlin as the endowed professor.
— New master’s degrees in physics and construction management added.
— Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., named 17th President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
— Dr. Jon Kellar named 2008 South Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
— The Center for Bioenergy Research and Development, a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, established.
— The School of Mines is the only university in the nation where starting salaries for graduates are equivalent to the cost of a four-year degree, the nation’s best college investment.
— Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, addresses university roundtable about the opportunities presented by the DUSEL project.
— Cargill donates $500,000 for a bioprocessing laboratory in the planned Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry building.
— President Wharton establishes four strategic foci to guide the university
• Optimizing Enrollment
• Securing Resources
• Growing Graduate Education and the Research Enterprise
• Continuous Quality Improvement
— The School of Mines breaks ground on the Paleontology Research Center, ushering in the future for one of the world’s finest fossil collections.
— The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education recognizes the university with the Bronze Award for Excellence in Communications.
— The Repair, Refurbish, and Return to Service Applied Research Center (R3S) created through State of South Dakota Governor’s 2010 Initiative.
— School of Mines welcomes DUSEL collaborators to campus; group includes representatives from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and more.
— The School of Mines chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) finished first at the ASCE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference.
— Dr. Duane Abata, executive director of the Center for Bioenergy Research and Development, named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
— The School of Mines breaks ground on the Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry Building.
— School of Mines researchers awarded nearly $21 million in research and development funding, the highest amount in the history of the university.
— Dr. Jan Puszynski, professor, chemical and biological engineering, named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
— School of Mines named Military Friendly School for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine.
— Surbeck Center renovations complete.
— Master's program in construction management established.
— Mines Medal Award created. Cindy Van Dover, Ph.D., named inaugural Mines Medalist.
— Zhou Wenzhong, ambassador of the People's Republic of China, addresses the campus.
— Dr. Dan Dolan, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), named 2009 South Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
— Black Hills Power Renewable Energy Research Facility unveiled.
Next: the 2010s