SD Mines Summer Camp National Summer Transportation Institue

National Summer Transportation Institute

The Summer Camp that takes you places!

Students will explore engineering careers in transportation during this week-long residential camp sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) emphasizes how math is used to design transportation systems for land, air, and water. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at how transportation systems work, along with classroom instruction and hands-on activities in our labs.

With one-on-one attention from faculty and staff, students will come away understanding the career opportunities in the transportation sector and will be encouraged to pursue college degrees that prepare them for transportation-related degree programs, such as Civil and Environmental Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

During this one-week overnight camp, campers will:

  • Tour of Dakota Water Science Center of US Geological Survey to understand water inland navigation.
  • Tour of Pennington County Highway Division to learn about extreme winter weather protocols.
  • Tour of Rapid City Regional Airport to understand airport operations and ground handling. 
  • Leadership Development through recreational activities emphasizing team building, leadership, and communication.
  • Experience campus living, learn about fun things college students do, the kinds of jobs they get when they graduate, and much more.
  • Gain an understanding of the college admissions process and how to prepare.

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This is a FREE Residential Camp. Accepted participants will receive full scholarships to cover the cost of room, meals, tuition, supplies, and field trips.


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

  1. Submit the online registration
  2. Submit waivers

It's important to note that acceptance into each camp is not guaranteed. Evaluation and notification will take place for each student after the registration form and personal essay are completed and returned to South Dakota Mines Summer Camps at email to
NSTI 2021


      Camp Details

      2023-2024 Grades: 9th - 12th 
      June 9-14, 2024

      • Check-In Sunday June 9th at 4:00 PM
      • Overnight Camp
      • Supplies, meals, and lodging are provided during camping days

        For more information

        Dr. Saurav Kumar Dubey
        Project Director of the National Summer Transportation Institute and
        Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

        (605) 394-5171

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        Dr Saurav Kumar DubeyThe National Summer Transportation Institute is directed by Dr. Saurav Kumar Dubey, an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering who likes to motivate students of all ages to discover the excitement of transportation in the field of science and engineering. The summer program will also involve faculty from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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