Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Largest-ever Design Fair Showcases Virtual Reality, Robots, Flight Simulator

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 12, 2016) – A year’s worth of technical design research culminates Tuesday, April 19, for graduating Mines students, as they demonstrate their achievements at the 2016 Senior Design Fair. The largest ever, the interactive fair will showcase more than 70 senior capstone projects from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Surbeck Center ballroom at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The public and media are invited to attend.

Projects include a virtual tour of the Dahl Arts Center, flight simulator, 3D printing project, wind turbine research, mobile apps and software, and the Moonrockers robots, which is designed to navigate a lunar landscape for the annual NASA competition.

Traditional student design projects from Mines’ Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production will also be on display, including a steel bridge, concrete canoe, Formula racing car, Baja off-road vehicle and Hardrocker supermileage car, which can travel 1,000 miles on a single gallon of gas.

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

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.


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 is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, Danielle.Mason@sdsmt.edu

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