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Release Date Wednesday, April 22, 2020

South Dakota Mines Students Keep Up Winning Streak at Governor’s Giant Vision Awards Business Competition

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 22, 2020) – For the sixth year in a row, a student from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology took home first place in the student division of the Governor’s Giant Vision Awards Business Competition.  


Anahita Haghizadeh, a doctoral student at South Dakota Mines, nabbed the top prize for her business NanoHSink, taking home $5,000. NanoHSink focuses on fabricating nanostructures to increase surface area for heat sink materials inside LED bulbs. 


Haghizadeh also won the CEO Business Plan Competition at SD Mines, held in December 2019.


A second Mines doctoral student, Maryam Amouamouha, brought home fourth place at Giant Vision with her business Aqua Smart Solutions. The business would provide green, stand alone and advanced systems for residential and commercial wastewater treatment.


Sponsors of the student competition are South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Citibank N.A. and South Dakota EPSCoR. 


In the business category, South Dakota Mines research scientist Haiping Hong and alumnus Greg Christensen were part of a team from the startup Novum Nano to take home first place for the company Novum Nano, LLC, winning $20,000. Novum Nano is an advanced materials and process technology and manufacturing startup company specializing in boron nitride and carbon fiber nanotube innovative research with applications in a broad range of industrial markets.


Taking second place in the business category were South Dakota Mines students William Trevillyan and Timothy Ford for their business HomeMetrics, LLC. Second place comes with a $10,000 prize. HomeMetrics produces an Internet of Things-driven wireless sensor network that monitors and controls the health of a home’s plumbing and electrical grids.


Sponsors of the Giant Vision Business Competition are South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Black Hills Energy, Christiansen Land & Cattle Ltd., Dacotah Bank, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, MidAmerican Energy, Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Wheeler Manufacturing and Xcel Energy. 


The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition and Governor’s Giant Vision Student Competition were established to help citizens realize that South Dakota is the very best place to start a successful business. The program was designed as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete for seed money and a chance to achieve their dream. This annual competition is held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Office of Economic Development Conference. This year’s competition was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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