Research at Mines:

The Art of Inquiry, Discovery and Development

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is engaged in cutting-edge research in a number of important areas of science and engineering.  These research activities provide students with special opportunities to become involved in discovery and invention and to participate in the excitement of developing new concepts that can make our world a better place.

Shale Drilling

SD Mines faculty and students engaged in drilling in Fort Pierre, SD, for the first shale samples to be analyzed in a range of advanced laboratory tests that could lead to enhanced energy production, carbon dioxide sequestration, underground hydrocarbon storage and waste disposal.


Research conducted at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology falls generally into one or more of these four strategic research areas:

Strategic Research Areas

Research Administration

Oversight and/or support of SD Mines research initiatives are provided by:

Research Laboratories and Centers

    Special Programs

    For inquiries related to School of Mines Research, contact:
    Research Affairs
    Suite 102, O'Harra Building
    (605) 394-2493

    Research Inquiries

    For inquiries related to SD Mines Research, contact:

    Research Affairs

    S.D. School of Mines & Technology
    501 E. St. Joseph Street
    Suite 102, O'Harra Building
    Rapid City, SD  57701

    (605) 394-2493