Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nathan Streyle Selected as National Co-Op Student

Nathan Streyle, SD Mines mechanical engineering senior.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 24, 2016) – Nathan Streyle, a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology mechanical engineering senior from Sioux Falls, has been selected for the national Co-op Student Achievement Award, recognizing his outstanding efforts during his work at Emerson Process Management, Fisher Controls International LLC.

The Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) selects just one student each year from throughout the nation to receive the honor.

It is the second consecutive year that a student from South Dakota Mines has received a prestigious honor for their work during an internship or co-op experience. Last year, Mark Mazzucco received the Intern Student Achievement Award from the same national organization.

Seventy-eight percent of Mines students have at least one paid internship or co-op before graduating, giving them a competitive advantage in the job market. Last year, Streyle was one of 530 South Dakota Mines students who gained professional work experience through an internship or co-op at 225 companies throughout the country.

“The integration of study with professional work experience prepares our students to succeed,” said Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines.  “Mines places a lot of emphasis on experiential learning, and we are very pleased that Nathan has been recognized nationally for his success.”

Streyle is working at Bobcat this spring semester on a separate co-op work experience and will receive his award at the CEIA Conference in Dallas in April.

As an Emerson co-op last spring, Streyle worked as a test and evaluation engineer who designed, built and ran test setups for fugitive emission testing, cycle testing and step response testing. He also worked with design engineers, customers and manufacturing to determine testing parameters and analyzed, reported and presented test results for the Fortune 500 company.

“We are very proud of Nathan’s accomplishments. Between his excellent performance as a co-op student and his outstanding record on campus, Nathan is taking advantage of the Mines experience to become an exceptional engineer,” Wilson said.

Streyle will graduate from Mines next year and plans to enter the engineering field in research and development, eventually earning a master’s in business or engineering management.

“The test engineering co-op with Emerson has profoundly impacted my college and future career by providing what the classroom could not: hands-on application. Not only do I now have a better grasp on the theory and concepts taught in class, I also have a better focus for my education,” Streyle said. “Down the road I hope to see myself in a team lead position continually pushing the development of new engineering solutions.”

His supervisor, Andrew Kinser, Emerson team leader in standard testing, said Streyle quickly gained the trust of co-workers and fellow engineers and thoroughly researched the governing standards for all of his projects. “This independent research, along with his curious attitude allowed him to contribute to the direction of the projects that he was involved in. This is a point that not all co-ops reach during their term and shows deeper understanding of the results, their significance, and the impact on future development and testing,” Kinser said.

While on his Emerson co-op in Marshalltown, Iowa, Streyle invested himself as a leader within the community, volunteering to help feed the hungry and participating in local youth and Bible study groups.

As an SD Mines student, Streyle has been on the Robotics Design Team, Human Powered Vehicle Design Team and participated in the Global Summit Leadership Conference. He has also been a leader in the Intervarsity campus organization and has participated intramural sports.

He will receive a $500 cash award from the national organization and an additional $500 from the university’s Career & Professional Development Center, which nominated him for the honor. 


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.


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