RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 4, 2014) – The South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology will host the 2014 North Central Region 6 Student
Conference for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) this week,
attracting nearly 200 people to the Black Hills.
Most of the 189 attendees are engineering students from
universities in eight states. The conference hosted by Mines’ Department of
Industrial Engineering will be Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8.
a unique kick-off event Thursday night, SDSM&T Industrial Engineering
professor Carter Kerk, Ph.D., will lie between two beds of nails as a concrete
block is crushed on his chest. The 9 p.m. demonstration will illustrate some of
the scientific principles underlying safety engineering. The opening event will
be held at the Alex Johnson Hotel in downtown Rapid City.
The agenda also includes a Friday afternoon community
service-oriented competition in which student teams design workstations and
assemble pedal tractors in a timed event. Teams from 10 universities will
compete in the Kaizen/manufacturing efficiency competition, building tractors
provided by Scale Models & Dyersville Die Cast. The competition finals will
be held on Saturday evening, and all 10 tractors will be donated to Rapid City
Youth and Family Services at the final banquet held at Mount Rushmore.
Friday morning tours are scheduled at Rapid City Regional Hospital, RPM and
Associates, GCC Dakotah cement plant and Nash Finch Distributing Center. In the
afternoon 10 students will give project presentations for the IIE Region 6
Student Paper Competition, sponsored by John Deere.
activities include breakout sessions with industry speakers Anna Boyd of 3-M,
Ben Mollman of Polaris, Dennis Oates of FedEx SmartPost, Paul Elder of Strider
Bikes, and Dan Thury of Andersen Corporation.
sessions provide a chance for industry professionals to connect with each
student and provide insight to making that transition from student to
professional,” says Terry Nguyen, Mines senior industrial engineering major who
is conference co-chair.
Roger Johnson, Ph.D., of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science,
will speak about his statistical prediction models of NFL games at the noon
luncheon. Johnson has developed a model used for many years, and this year
predicted the Super Bowl winner.
those registered are representatives from the University of Chicago, the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois University, the
University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska, North
Dakota State University, Montana State University, the Milwaukee School of
Engineering and both the Madison and Platteville campuses of the University of
details, click http://www.sdsmt.edu/conferences/IIE-Regional/
or contact Mines conference co-chair Terry Nguyen at (605) 858-9500; or
Hardrocker Student Chapter co-advisors Dean Jensen, Ph.D., at (605) 394-1278,
or Adam Piper, Ph.D., (605) 394-1930.
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
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