Chemical engineering camp mixes high school students, hands-on summer learning
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY, S.D. - Sixteen high-school campers from South Dakota and around
the country came to the School of Mines from July 21-26 for an
intensive, hands-on introduction to chemical and biological engineering (CBE),
and the opportunities that come with a degree in engineering.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Institute is a five-day residential
summer camp designed to get students excited about engineering through
hands-on activities and field trips. The curriculum is developed and
taught by SDSMT professors in the chemical and biological engineering
department, including Dr. Dave Dixon.
learned the breadth of the chemical engineering discipline, including
micro electronics, biofuels, petroleum, bio-fuels production,
alternative energy, polymers, catalysis, food, and pharmaceuticals,"
The CBE Institute exposes
students to careers chemical engineering graduates from SDSMT are
involved in and that impact South Dakota's workforce development.
Students toured Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, observing firsthand how chemical
engineering is used in the region.
had the opportunity to meet and talk with SDSMT alumni working in the
chemical engineering industry including Mat Peabody (BS ChE 1972), who
started CalxAqua in Rapid City and Keith Flanegan (BS ChE 2003) , who
started his own engineering consulting business called ideaChem.
South Dakotan students participating in the camp included Harley
Lindamood and Zachary Schmitz of Sioux Falls, SD; Joseph Bauer of
Piedmont, SD; Justin Bendesky of Vermillion, SD; and Jackson Peterson of
Box Elder, SD.
out-of-state included Matthew Green of Brighton, CO; Sarah Rees of
Parker, CO; Ariana Lopez of Worthington, MN; Kari Radko of Elk River,
MN; Connor Claus of Eden Prairie, MN; Tomas Romero of Fayetteville, NC;
Bryce Watson of Albuquerque, NM; Dorian Carter and Matthew Slizys of New
York City; and Kenneth Petry of Gillette, WY.
more information on this and other School of Mines camps in 2014,
interested students, parents, and counselors may call (605) 394-2693.
Updated information will be posted at sdsmt.edu/learn as it becomes