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
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
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.
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 2,640 students from 45
states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average
starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find
us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.