School of Mines camp detonates summer boredom


RAPID CITY, S.D. - Seventeen high school students from South Dakota and around the country came to the School of Mines this summer for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get hands-on experience in the explosive academic field of mining and explosives engineering June 23-28.

The Mining & Explosives Engineering Institute is developed and taught by former SDSMT Mining Engineering and Management (MEM) department head and professor Shashi Kanth to give students an introduction to mining and the opportunities that can come from a MEM degree.

"With the world economy in a state of rocking turbulence, the mineral industries are thriving with record high prices of precious metals and ever-increasing demand for basic materials and energy," Kanth said.  "The students who graduate with a degree in mining engineering have seen near 100 percent placement with one of the highest starting salaries of graduating engineers."

The five-day curriculum included a tour of the Goldcorp Wharf Mine in Lead led by recent Mines graduates and Goldcorp employees Fred Shilplin (MEM 2013) and Jacob Thaler (GEO 2009). The campers also toured the Cloud Peak Energy Cordero Rojo coal mine in Gillette, WY.

Thanks to material donations from Century Drilling and Blasting and Davey Bickford Company, the campers were even able to get hands-on experience with a variety of explosives and detonators.
South Dakotan campers included Ayden Drabek of Belle Fourche, Dante Jeakins of Box Elder, Patrick Todey of Brookings, Jaden Wells of Kenel, Jonny Comeau of McLaughlin, Carl Petersen of Parade, Gabriel Taylor of Rapid City, Riley Biegler of Sturgis, Cyrus Albright of Vermillion, and Mesa Jacobson of Watertown.

Campers from out of state included Samuel Scherrer of Eau Claire, WI; Alexander Cantrall of Manlius, NY; Raphael Bonanno of New York, NY; William Huelsen of Ely, NV; Dom Iamsam Ang of Laurel, MT; Dalton Walker of Sharon Springs, KS; and Sarah Hemler of Arvada, CO.

For 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 as it becomes available.

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Chris Marshall



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