RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 12, 2013) – A distinguished panel of leaders from a variety of backgrounds are visiting the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus this week to conduct a comprehensive review of its research endeavors.
The eight-member team is on campus today and Thursday, Sept. 12, interviewing research faculty and touring facilities. The group is expected to immediately report its recommendations to President Heather Wilson, D.Phil., who will work with faculty and executive leadership to develop a strategy to counteract a climate in which federal research funding has shrunk for universities nationwide.
Individuals have traveled from peer institutions, as well as from private and government sectors throughout the country, at Wilson’s request.
“This external review is the first step toward strengthening the School of Mines’ research program,” said Wilson, who has pledged to make research a top priority. “The team is conducting a top-to-bottom review of our strategies and processes, interacting with junior faculty members as well as center directors and others, and I look forward to hearing their feedback.”
Wilson has embraced fundraising for both research and scholarships since assuming the university’s presidency in June.
The research review team is comprised of:
- Dr. Raymond Bye, director of Federal Relations and Economic Development and former research vice president, Florida State University
- Dr. Timothy J. Collins, executive of Precision Engagement Business Area at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory
- Dr. James F. Decker, former principal in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy and current principal consultant with Decker Garman Sullivan and Associates in Alexandria, Va.
- Dr. Delores M. Etter, director of Caruth Institute of Engineering Education at Texas Instruments and distinguished chair at Southern Methodist University
- Gen. Peter Hennessey, vice president of business development, National Security Global Business Unit, Battelle Memorial Institute
- Dr. John Poate, vice president of research and technology transfer, Colorado School of Mines
- Dr. Van Romero, vice president of research and economic development, New Mexico Tech
- Dr. Paul Turman, vice president of research and economic development, South Dakota Board of Regents
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 more than 2,400 students from 32 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $62,696 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.