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Students showcase research in State Capitol
Release Date Friday, March 7, 2014

Pictured (from left): Jack Warner, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents;  Derek Stotz and Andrew Pierson, students at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; and Paul Turman, system vice president for research and economic development for the Board of Regents.


The important link between research and higher education was demonstrated first hand at the 2014 Student Research Poster Session at the State Capitol on March 6. 

The School of Mines was represented by Andrew Pierson, who was accompanied by his senior design teammate Derek Stotz. They were among undergraduate research students from colleges and universities throughout the state who showcased their projects before Gov. Dennis Daugaard, legislators, the Board of Regents and members of the public in the State Capitol Rotunda.

Pierson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Stotz of Sioux Falls, and fellow teammate Jonathan Richardson of Douglas, Wyo., developed a method to accurately test and compare technology which could make the current labor-intensive, multi-step hay-making process more efficient. Using a different type of distance sensor along with clever edge-detection and guidance algorithms, an inexpensive alternative can be achieved allowing tractor drivers to minimize the amount of overlap on each pass and maximize the amount of crop they can collect over a period of time.

Their research is sponsored by Raven Industries.