Winter, 2017



Winter, 2016

Rising Stars

STEM from Space Grant Consortium

View photos of SD Mines students at NASA

To The Top of the World

Alumnus RC Scull climbs each continent's tallest peak


Internships with Impact

Students aid cancer patients, improve military surveillance, and bring Wi-Fi to the world.

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology sent 530 students on internships to over 230 employers in 2015. From well-known companies like Microsoft, Ford, ExxonMobil, and NASA, to start-ups like VRC Metal Systems and local engineering firms, internships are an integral part of the Mines experience and a major contributor to the university’s 98 percent placement rate. Seventy-eight percent of last year’s graduates had at least one paid internship before graduation. That’s 40 percent higher than the 2013 national average according to US News & World Report.

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A Rivalry - For The AGES

On November 10, 1900, the School of Mines faced off for the first time against the Spearfish Normal School for a friendly game of football in Rapid City. The School of Mines would come out on top 27-0 in a game the 1960 edition of the Engineer later described as a “hard fought contest with dazzling plays.” And so began the rivalry with what is today Black Hills State University that would become the longest in NCAA Division II athletics history and the third-longest in all of college football, with 130 meetings to date. The biggest footnote in the history books occurred just this past season with a down-to-the-wire matchup that was broadcast to a national audience on ESPN3. The Hardrockers won that game, too, extending their overall lead in the series to sixty-one wins, fifty-eight losses, and eleven ties.

See Hardrocker Football and BHSU Rivalry

Summer, 2015


Reunion Recap

More than 1,200 School of Mines alumni and their families united on campus July 8-11, swapping old stories and making new friends at the five-year all-school reunion.
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Gold Rush

Metallurgical engineering students have been searching Smelter Hill behind O’Harra Stadium for remains from the century-old Gold Rush as part of a new mineral processing and resource recovery course.
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Summer, 2014

Founded 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 $62,020 with a 98 percent placement rate.