CITY, S.D. (April 18, 2014) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology computer
science student Alex Wulff recently took first place for his research studying
the formation of wormhole defects in friction-stir welds.
80 scientists from around the state gathered for the conference held in Rapid
City on March 28-29.
friction-stir weld defects using a Micro CT machine and has become a campus
expert on use of the machine for non-destructive testing. He has written
complex software to process image data and allow users to look at a defect as
if it was a solid object. His work, which was done in part during the Research
Experience for Undergraduates hosted at Mines in the summer of 2013, also took
second place at the Mines Undergraduate Research Symposium held on campus
earlier this month.
to graduate in May 2015 and has already been accepted to the Mines
Computational Sciences & Robotics master’s program. He has accepted a
software development internship with Amazon and will be working in California this
completed his research under the guidance of Antonette Logar, Ph.D.; Ed Corwin,
Ph.D., Bill Cross, Ph.D., Mike West, Ph.D., and Bharat Jasthi, Ph.D.
organizers of this year’s South Dakota Academy of Sciences meeting were Department
of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Professor Andy Detwiler, Ph.D., and
Department of Electrical Engineering Professor Thomas Montoya, Ph.D. Several
Mines faculty members and students presented at the meeting.
South Dakota Academy of Science mission is to develop interest in science;
strengthen the bonds of fellowship between scientists, students and others interested
in science; preserve information of scientific value; and stimulate research in
areas that relate to the natural resources of the state. The 100th
anniversary of the South Dakota Academy of Science meetings will be held next
spring at the Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.
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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