CITY, S.D. (Sept. 27, 2013) – Rapid City and the South Dakota School of Mines
& Technology are being considered as a destination site for what is known
as the Olympics of computer science.
world finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) typically
draws more than 1,000 university students and faculty members from throughout
School of Mines student team qualified for the event and traveled to St. Petersburg,
Russia, this summer, the fifth team from the School of Mines to attend the world
finals. Additionally, longtime Mines computer programming coaches Toni Logar, Ph.D.,
and Ed Corwin, Ph.D., were honored by ICPC
organizers in Russia.
and Corwin have been instrumental in Rapid City being considered as a finalist
for the 2016 or 2017 event, according to Lisa Storms, sales and serving
director for the RC Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, who has helped organize a
packed itinerary for the site selection team which arrived in the area Thursday
evening from Baylor University.
team will spend the next three days at tourist sites within the Black Hills,
including attending the Governor’s Buffalo Roundup today, as well as Rapid City
facilities and convention sites for the event itself. They will also meet with
key stakeholders. Among those scheduled to meet with the site analysis team are
Melody Schopp of the state Department of Education; Mel Ustad, of the Governor’s
Office of Economic Development; Jim Hagen, state tourism secretary; Linda Rabe,
president of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Lintz, executive
director of the Rapid City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Mines alumnus and
former faculty member and technology business owner Qusi Al Haj of Sen. Jon
Thune’s office; Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker and School of Mines President
Heather Wilson, D.Phil.
opportunity to host such a prestigious group would be amazing, not only for the
city of Rapid City but the state. We look forward to the opportunity to work
with the School of Mines and doing everything we can to be awarded the World
Finals,” Storms said.
credited Logar and Corwin for persuading decision-makers to consider the School
of Mines and Rapid City. “Without their enthusiasm, persistence and connections
we wouldn’t be here at this time. The School of Mines has some very prestigious
people not only locally but worldwide.”
said she believes key factors in the consideration of Rapid City include the university's “track
record with the event and the unique nature of Rapid City as a quintessentially
American location with a rich Native American heritage.”
hopes the site analysis team will make a decision by the end of the visit.
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 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.