History: the 2000s


— Students experience zero-g with NASA research program on KC-135.
— CAMP receives honored Boeing Outstanding Educator Award.
— Civil/Mechanical Building undergoes complete renovation; creates living laboratory.
2000 Civil_Mechanical Renovation  
— SDSM&T Foundation receives first million dollar gift.
— Governor Janklow’s Digital Dakota K-12 Internet Distance Learning project completed. 


— Terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania take the lives of 2,998 people.
2001 Terroist Attacks 

— The School of Mines holds the first Youth Engineering Adventure, a summer residential program for high school students to experience hands-on engineering.
2001 Youth Engineering Adventure

— Dr. Keith Whites named the first recipient of the Steven P. Miller Endowed Chair in electrical engineering.
2001 Dr. Ken Whites

— Golf program reintroduced with men’s and women’s teams.
2001 Golf Program


— Solar car competes in the Formula Sun Grand Prix solar vehicle national competition, taking second place.
2002 Solar Car

— Alumnus Steven P. Miller donates $1.2 million to create telecommunications laboratory.
2002 Alumnus Donation

— School of Mines team wins the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge for third consecutive year.
2002 Army ROTC Ranger Challenge 

— Former South Dakota senator and presidential candidate George McGovern speaks on campus.
2002 George McGovern

— School of Mines dedicates Rama Materials Laboratory in honor of Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan.
2002 Rama Materials Lab

— Student Andrew Farke earns Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
2002 Andrew Farke


— Students vote to expand the Wellness Center, adding modern exercise equipment, television sets, and a sound system.
2003 Wellness Center

— Robotics team wins Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers regional robotics competition.
  2003 Robotics Team

— Dr. Charles P. Ruch named sixteenth president of the School of Mines.
2003 Dr. Ruch President

— Dr. Stu Kellogg, Ervin Pietz professor and industrial engineering chair, selected as the 2003 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching South Dakota Professor of the Year. 
2003 Kellogg

— Advanced Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory (AMP) dedicated.
2003 AMP


— New bachelor’s degree program in mining engineering and management established.
2004 Mining Engineering Program 

— School of Mines joins Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 900 colleges and universities committed to the civic purposes of higher education.

— Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale (CAAN) created through State of South Dakota Governor’s 2010 Initiative.
2004 CANN  

— Howard Peterson Residence Hall opens to students.
2004 Peterson Hall
— Freshman Introduction to Real Success at Tech (FIRST) program implemented, helping students develop connections with each other and the university.

— Tech Development Laboratory (TDL) opens, housing several modern research activities and projects.
2004 TLD

— School of Mines creates Multicultural Action Committee.

— Christensen Hall of Fame completed.
2004 Hall of Fame

— Interdisciplinary Sciences degree realigned into four specializations.
2004 IS Degree


— School of Mines adopts higher admissions standards, leading to more better-prepared students and higher retention.

— Higher Education Center — West River opens.
2005 West River Opens

— School of Mines signs memorandum of understanding with RESPEC.

— President Charles Ruch appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

— Tablet PC program implemented.
2005 Tablet PC Program

— Ph.D. program established in nanoscience and nanoengineering.

— Women’s basketball team advances to NAIA National Tournament after being crowned conference champions.
2005 Women's Basketball

— First American Indian student receives Ph.D. from the School of Mines.
2005 First American Indian Student


— School of Mines and EROS Data Center sign memorandum of understanding.

— Concert Choir and Master Chorale return from international music competition with three first-place trophies and a second-place certificate.
2006 Choir and Chorale

— Master’s and Ph.D. programs in biomedical engineering established.

— Black Hills Business Development Center opens on School of Mines campus.
2006 Black Hills Business

— Aero Design team takes first place at national competition for the second consecutive year.
2006 Aero Design

— School of Mines reorganizes into two colleges: the College of Science and Letters and the College of Engineering.

— Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team takes first place at the International Aerial Robotics Competition.
2006 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

— The Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development (CBRD) created through State of South Dakota Governor’s 2010 Initiative.

— Computational Mechanics Laboratory (CML) opens.

— Museum of Geology unveils most complete juvenile plesiosaur specimen to come out of Antarctica.
2006 Museum of Geology

— Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program implemented.


— The School of Mines experiences its highest retention rate — 75.8 percent.

— Dr. Hamid Al-Bayati, Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations and a Deputy President of the U.N. General Assembly, addresses the campus.
2007 Iraqi Ambassador

— Montileaux print accepted into Smithsonian’s Museum for the American Indian permanent collection.
2007 Montileaux print

— Ph.D. program in chemical and biological engineering established.
2007 PhD Program

— The Good, The Bad, And The Nerdy takes home first place at the Red Bull Soapbox Race.

— Website www.GoToMines.com recognized as one of the top admissions websites in the country.

— The Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
2007 CAMP

— One hundred and twenty-one employers from 25 states attend the Fall Career Fair, the largest in campus history.
2007 Fall Career Fair

— School of Mines receives Dakota Athletic Conference Scholars Award for third consecutive year.

— National Science Foundation selects Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at Homestake as the development site for the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).
2007 DUSEL

— School of Mines named one of “America’s 100 Best Buys” for 10th consecutive year.
2007 America's 100 Best Buys


— Economic Impact Report finds that the university generates approximately $200 million in economic impact to the state.
2008 Economic Impact Report

— Nucor donates $1 million to establish the Nucor Endowed Professorship for Metallurgical and Steelmaking Technologies and names Dr. Dana Medlin as the endowed professor.
2008 Nucor

— New master’s degrees in physics and construction management added.

— Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., named 17th President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
2008 Wharton President

— Dr. Jon Kellar named 2008 South Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
2008 Kellar

— The Center for Bioenergy Research and Development, a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, established.
2008 Center for Bioenergy Research

— The School of Mines is the only university in the nation where starting salaries for graduates are equivalent to the cost of a four-year degree, the nation’s best college investment.

— Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, addresses university roundtable about the opportunities presented by the DUSEL project.

— Cargill donates $500,000 for a bioprocessing laboratory in the planned Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry building.
2008 Cargill
— President Wharton establishes four strategic foci to guide the university
• Optimizing Enrollment
• Securing Resources
• Growing Graduate Education and the Research Enterprise
• Continuous Quality Improvement 


— The School of Mines breaks ground on the Paleontology Research Center, ushering in the future for one of the world’s finest fossil collections.
2009 Paleontology Research Center

— The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education recognizes the university with the Bronze Award for Excellence in Communications.
2009 Council for the Advancement

— The Repair, Refurbish, and Return to Service Applied Research Center (R3S) created through State of South Dakota Governor’s 2010 Initiative.

— School of Mines welcomes DUSEL collaborators to campus; group includes representatives from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and more.
2009 School of Mines Welcomes...

— The School of Mines chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) finished first at the ASCE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference.
2009 ASCE

— Dr. Duane Abata, executive director of the Center for Bioenergy Research and Development, named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
2009 Abata

— The School of Mines breaks ground on the Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry Building.
2009 CBE Building

— School of Mines researchers awarded nearly $21 million in research and development funding, the highest amount in the history of the university.

— Dr. Jan Puszynski, professor, chemical and biological engineering, named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

— School of Mines named Military Friendly School for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine.
2009 GI Jobs

— Surbeck Center renovations complete.
2009 Surbeck

— Master's program in construction management established.
2009 Master's Program

— Mines Medal Award created. Cindy Van Dover, Ph.D., named inaugural Mines Medalist.
2009 Mines Medal

— Zhou Wenzhong, ambassador of the People's Republic of China, addresses the campus.
2009 Zhou Wenzhong

— Dr. Dan Dolan, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), named 2009 South Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
2009 Dolan-Dan

— Black Hills Power Renewable Energy Research Facility unveiled.
2009 Renewable Energy

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