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Release Date Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mines Vice President of Research Presents Constitution Day Talk

Jan Puszynski, Vice President of Research at SD Mines, is back by popular demand as the 2018 Constitution Day Speaker.  

RAPID CITY, SD (Sept. 13, 2018) – In honor of 2018 Constitution Day, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s Vice President for Research, Jan Puszynski, Ph.D., will return to share the story of his family’s immigration from Poland to the United States following the Cold War. 

Puszynski was also the featured speaker in 2017. His lecture was so well received that he has been invited back for a second year in a row. He will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Surbeck Ballroom on the campus of SD Mines. The public is welcome.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, recognizing as citizens all who are born in the U.S. or those made citizens by naturalization.

Puszynski, who has been at SD Mines for 27 years, received his Ph.D in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in 1980. While a chemistry professor in Poland, Puszynski supported the solidarity movement, a 10-year “revolution” that lead to the collapse of communism in Poland.

Puszynski immigrated to the United States in 1982, first teaching at State University of New York in Buffalo, NY, before joining the SD Mines faculty in 1991.  During his tenure at Mines, he has worked as a full professor of chemical engineering, college dean, interim President and Vice President for Research. Puszynski has published extensively and co-authored several patents.

“I’m a boy from the mountains of southern Poland. This is the only country in the world where someone like me could succeed,” Puszynski says. He encourages students to live a life of service to others. “This country is in your hands,” he says. “You must work hard and not only give back to your employer, you have to give back to your community and to your country.”


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

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