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Release Date Friday, March 11, 2022

Mines Hosts Sessions at Black Hills Defense & Industry Symposium

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Koby I. Saunders

South Dakota Mines hosted a roundtable discussion and technical information session on Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at the Black Hills Defense & Industry Symposium on March 14-16 at The Monument in Rapid City.

PFAS are a diverse group of human-made chemicals used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. They are long-lasting chemicals in the environment that can cause harm to human health. The chemicals have been commonly used in fire retardant, textile manufacturing, grease-resistant paper for food packaging, stain and water repellents and non-stick cookware. Military installations commonly used aqueous film-forming foams containing PFAS for training and emergency response. PFAS contamination is a concern nationwide.  

  • Mines hosted a roundtable discussion on PFAS innovation on March 14. The discussion included experts from academia, government and industry. 
  • Mines President Dr. Jim Rankin was among the featured speakers during the general symposium session on March 15. President Rankin spoke on the wide range of research topics at Mines in support of Ellsworth Air Force Base and across the Department of Defense. 
  • Mines hosted a technical information session on PFAS on March 16. This session included technical research presentations by leading scientists on PFAS from academia, government, and industry.
  • Mines Provost Dr. Lance Roberts was a featured panelist on March 16 on the topic of Building the Future of Defense Tech in the Black Hills.

You can find general information on the Black Hills Defense & Industry Symposium on the event website here. The symposium was hosted by the Black Hills Military Advisory Coalition.


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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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