Activities and Organizations

Extracurricular Activities

There's plenty to do at the School of Mines! Here are just a few examples:

ASCE chapter with concrete canoe

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Our ASCE chapter is very active and has many participants. Join us to build your engineering, teamwork, and leadership skills - and have fun doing it. (Photo right - ASCE team pilots concrete canoe.)

Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP): Join CAMP to design, build, test, and compete in a variety of engineering challenges. CAMP is a hands-on engineering program in which you can demonstrate leadership and apply what you learn in class to real-world situations that involve fundraising, planning, deadlines, and international competitions.

Global Activities
CEE project in Chile
ESA students in Mongolia in May 2014  

Engineers and Scientists Abroad (ESA): Experience the adventure of international travel while helping others. ESA has projects based in the Chile, Suriname, and other countries, and gives you the opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge to humanitarian efforts on a global scale.

CEE faculty have been involved in over 75 international projects and trips over the past 10 years and were interested in using similar activities to help students gain professional experience in global engineering. ESA has since developed into a largely student-led organization with ongoing projects in regions all over the developing world. ESA students have engineered solutions for boarding schools, universities, medical clinics, orphanages, and conference centers that have improved the lives of over 1,500 people in developing countries. Other projects have included securing clean drinking water, site surveying, pollution abatement, high quality concrete, developing alternative energy sources, and providing water drainage. We encourage all students to include an international or cross-cultural engineering experience in their undergraduate studies at SDSM&T. These experiences lead to a broader understanding of the engineering profession and increased opportunities for challenging careers in the global engineering marketplace.

ESA students have the opportunity to earn credit from their work on projects abroad. Currently, 30 CEE students have used international design activities for course credit in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America! Students are also encouraged to incorporate their ESA experience into course of study by applying it to the new Global Engineering Certificate. 

For more information, contact:
Thomas Fontaine, PhD, PE
CEE Global Experiences Director and ESA faculty advisor
Thomas.Fontaine@sdsmt.edu