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Arden Davis to receive Ivan B. Rahn Award
Release Date Tuesday, December 31, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 31, 2013) – Arden D. Davis, Ph.D., a professor of geological engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Ivan B. Rahn Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME).

The Rahn Award recognizes distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME. Davis is being honored for his outstanding contributions through teaching, advising and mentoring, and especially for his activities with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) on behalf of SME. The award will be presented during the SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Feb. 23-26.

Davis is chairman of SME’s Council of Education, the Accreditation & Curricular Issues Committee and the ABET Visitor Selection Committee. He is also a member of the Professional Engineer Exam Committee of SME and served as the SME representative on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET from 2002 to 2007, including work as team chairman for accreditation visits to engineering programs at educational institutions.

In 2007 he was appointed by SME to the ABET Board of Directors and in 2010 was re-appointed for a second three-year term. Since 2002 he has conducted ABET training sessions for SME program evaluators in mining engineering and geological engineering.

Davis has worked extensively on groundwater projects and geological engineering site evaluations, served as an investigator in more than 50 funded research projects, provided expert witness testimony in cases involving ground water and disposal of waste and has provided technical assistance to the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources in the review of mining plans and ground water concerns, including Superfund sites.

He and his co-researchers hold a U.S. patent for removal of arsenic from water, and they have applied for a second patent for removal of metals from water. Sixty graduate students have completed master’s or doctoral degrees under his direction.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Minnesota and master’s and doctoral degrees in geological engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.



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