RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 5, 2013) - A civil and environmental engineering team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology placed third nationally in the PCI Engineering Design Competition, taking home a prize of $1,500. The seven-person team fabricated and tested a precast, prestressed 20 -foot-long concrete beam.
Prizes are awarded to the top three in each of the seven zones for efficient design, highest load capacity and other categories. The School of Mines team placed first in Zone 3, enabling it to compete nationally.
M.R. Hansen, Ph.D., a recently retired professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and concrete expert, served as the team's faculty advisor. Brian Jenner at Montana Prestressed Concrete (Cretex West), in Billings, Mont., acted as the PCI producer, advising the team and offering expertise.
Team members, comprised of graduates and undergraduates, included: Kody Heller, Platte; Steve Barnett, Sioux Falls; Madisen Lane, Fort Collins, Colo.; Dusty Daniels, Sheridan, Wyo.; Molly Pruess, Lincoln, Neb.; Zach Grapentine, Belle Fourche; and Matthew Henderson, Mason City, Iowa.
Lehigh University placed first nationally in the competition, followed by the University of Texas at Austin in second and the University in Notre Dame in fourth.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls more than 2,400 students from 32 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $62,696 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sdsmt.