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Release Date Friday, April 12, 2019

SD Mines Design Fair Showcases Cutting Edge Technology

This images shows two researchers testing prototype sensors that could someday be used in space suits.  This NASA funded research is one of many projects set to be featured at the upcoming 2019 Student Design Fair at SD Mines.

RAPID CITY, SD (April 12, 2019) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students will show off a year’s worth of technical design, research and achievements at the 2019 Senior Design Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom on the Mines campus (map here). The event is free and open to the public.

The interactive fair will contain various projects from each department such as a smart glove intended for use on NASA spacesuits, cutting edge augmented reality applications, designs for a new fire station in the town of Pine Ridge, design for solar energy on tiny houses, a new very high-speed radar and new advancements in robotics. Traditional student design projects from Mines’ Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) will also be on display, including the Formula SAE car, the Clean Snowmobile and the Baja vehicle.

In addition to demonstrating their projects, students will be available to answer questions about their work and interact with the public and the media.

All graduating seniors in engineering disciplines and computer science are required to participate in two semesters of team design. Many of the projects receive sponsorship from private industry, government agencies and local businesses. Some projects can also contribute to spin-off start-up companies that support tech-sector growth in the local economy.


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: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, Mike.Ray@sdsmt.edu