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Materials, Metallurgy & Forensics

If you already know what a metallurgical engineer does and what doing a ‘forensic investigation’ entails, then you know how cool this camp will be! 

In case you do not know about this field of engineering, here are just some of the things you will do at this camp:

  • Learn about metals, nanomaterials, composites, and polymers
  • Get hands-on with heat treating, blacksmithing, welding, and casting
  • Do materials testing (i.e., impact and tensile strength testing) and materials characterization using an optical and scanning electron microscope
  • Practice forensic engineering by investigating how materials fail and investigate the authenticity of historic metal artifacts.

This day camp is supported by the ASM Materials Education Foundation. Students will learn from professors at South Dakota Mines.


All prospective campers must complete the following items before their summer camp application will be evaluated.

  1. Submit the online registration
  2. Complete student statement
  3. Submit waivers

Please note that this camp requires acceptance through a faculty review process. The review will take place in April and students will be notified of their admission decision on April 17, 2023


This is a free camp – For the benefit of other students that may be on the waitlist, please notify Brittani Webb at or 605-394-6144 of camper cancellation.


Camp Interest Form

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2022-2023 Grades: 9th-12th
June 19-23, 2023

  • Day Camp 9 AM-4:30 PM
  • Lunch is provided
  • Registration 8:30 AM Monday June 19th

For more information

Contact Camp Director
Dr. Mike West
(605) 394-1283

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Mike West MET

Faculty from the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering which offers both undergraduate and graduate studies. (Learn more about what material scientists and metallurgical engineers do.)

This camp is directed by department head Dr. Mike West, who can find the magic in any material. Students enjoy a fun combination of indoors and outdoors activities and lots of hands-on learning.


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