RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 16, 2013) - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter will unveil its educational sculpture in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, on the northwest side of the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Building at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
From 2-4 p.m., students will affix the final pieces and accessories onto the sculpture, the culmination of a project begun last spring.
To date, sculptures have been installed on more than 130 campuses nationwide and a number around the globe through the help of the American Institute of Steel Construction.
The ASCE student chapter secured community partnerships with Sherwin-Williams, Fastenal, Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory and TrueNorth Steel - responsible for fabricating the steel structure. The students, in turn, laid the foundation.
Designed to bridge the gap from the classroom to the real-world, the functional steel artwork features a few common and 40 to 50 rarer welds, bolts, connections and other accessories, allowing professors to help students visualize theoretical concepts in tangible ways.
TrueNorth Steel representatives will be on hand for the event, which will also feature a barbecue by ASCE.
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.