Mines News

Release Date Monday, March 3, 2014

Andrew Pierson represents Mines at state research poster session

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 3, 2014) – Andrew Pierson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., has been selected to represent the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at the 2014 Student Research Poster Session.

The senior computer science major is among 13 undergraduates from colleges and universities statewide who will showcase their research endeavors before state lawmakers in the State Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, March 6. The poster session, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to the public.

Pierson’s studies at SDSM&T combined with his hands-on industry experience have led him and the rest of his senior design team, Jonathan Richardson of Douglas, Wyo., and Derek Stotz of Sioux Falls, to the research area of computer vision. Raven Industries, an industry leader in high-tech agriculture equipment, is sponsoring the team whose research may eventually be implemented in semi-autonomous agriculture equipment.

The group developed a method to accurately test and compare technology which could make the current labor-intensive, multi-step hay-making process more efficient. Using a different type of distance sensor along with clever edge-detection and guidance algorithms, an inexpensive alternative can be achieved allowing tractor drivers to minimize the amount of overlap on each pass and maximize the amount of crop they can collect over a period of time.

Pierson will graduate in May with a B.S. degree in computer science. Faculty advisors are Jeff McGough, Ph.D., of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, and Randy Hoover, Ph.D., of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

“Student involvement in this level of research goes well beyond the regular classroom, but the payoff is great in developing specialized skills and expertise,” said Jack Warner, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which helps sponsor the event. “We want state policymakers to meet these beneficiaries of their research investments. At the same time, students will take this unique opportunity to learn more about how public policy decisions impact higher education.”

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About SDSM&T

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 $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.

 

 

 

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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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat