Mines News

Release Date Thursday, March 15, 2018

Schools.com Ranks Mines Mechanical Engineering Department in Top 10 Nationwide

RAPID CITY, SD (March 15, 2018) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology department of Mechanical Engineering has been ranked sixth in the nation by Schools.com.

Schools.com bases its rankings on data from the United States Department of Education. Utilizing a 13-point rating system, Schools.com ranks more than 1,600 U.S. schools based on affordability, flexibility and other quantitative factors, including graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio and size of the program.

SD Mines offers undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as six online programs. Currently, the three mechanical engineering programs have more than 600 students enrolled.

“We are extremely proud that our department of mechanical engineering has been named sixth in the nation” said department head Pierre Larochelle, Ph.D. “Our faculty and staff work diligently to ensure that our students receive the very best education. We are proud to be educating the next generation of mechanical engineers.”

The mechanical engineering department at SD Mines is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2018. The program began in 1943, graduating its first two mechanical engineers four years later. More than 3,300 mechanical engineers have graduated from the SD Mines Mechanical Engineering Department since 1947.


About SD Mines  

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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554 , Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu