Military/Veteran Spotlight

Veterans Helping Veterans

Veterans Helping Veterans

In October 2012, student veterans from the School of Mines assisted a fellow veteran in the Rapid City community by felling, removing, and replacing twenty pine trees on his property that were damaged in a wildfire in the spring.


Aaron Baker

Aaron Baker wins AFCEA General Emmet Paige Scholarship

Aaron Baker (center)
(Navy | Chemical Engineering)
wins AFCEA General Emmett Paige Scholarship

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown wins two scholarships

Ryan Brown (center)
(Army | Electrical/Computer Engineering)
wins R. B. Hughes Computer Engineering
and Electrical Engineering Memorial Scholarship

Students Soar with NASA Placements

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 26, 2012) – Ten South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students have spent recent months immersed in NASA and aerospace industry internships.

The students were placed either in 15-week spring or 10-week summer internships, with about $80,000 in stipends awarded either by the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC), headquartered at the School of Mines, or directly from NASA.

“Of the 60 students who were supported by the Space Grant Consortium this past year with $208,000 in fellowship/scholarship funding, we are very pleased with the fact that 11 of them have conducted internships at NASA Centers and aerospace industries,” said Tom Durkin, SDSGC deputy director. “These types of hands-on, high-tech experiences give our students an excellent taste of what it is like to work at NASA and for NASA contractors after they graduate. These internships also play an essential role in developing our nation’s workforce in the important fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”

School of Mines military veteran students placed were:

  • Ryan Brown (Army), junior from Rapid City, computer engineering, NASA Johnson Space Center, spring
  • Trisha Michael (Air Force), junior from Rapid City, interdisciplinary sciences (ATM track), summer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center