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Release Date Monday, June 5, 2017

SD Mines American Society of Civil Engineers Named Ridgway Finalist

The SD Mines ASCE chapter takes part in a volunteer project to improve a nature trail near Canyon Lake that was washed out in previous flooding.

RAPID CITY, SD (June 5, 2017) – The SD Mines chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been named a Ridgway Award Finalist. The annual award recognizes the top ASCE student chapters in the United States.

“I’m really proud of the accomplishments of the SD Mines ASCE chapter this past year. They are certainly deserving of this award,” says Christopher Shearer, Ph.D., advisor to the SD Mines ASCE chapter.

The SD Mines ASCE chapter is recognized for excellence in community service with volunteer projects like improvements to a nature trail near Canyon Lake that was washed out in previous flooding and the building of a retaining wall on M-Hill to prevent erosion. The chapter was also recognized for building a display that helped boost a Feeding South Dakota canned food drive. Past ASCE projects include the renovation of Willy the Whale in Storybook Island.

The SD Mines ASCE chapter also placed first overall at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held in Utah on April 6-8. The team will participate in the National Concrete Canoe Competition held June 17-19 in Colorado, and already competed at the National Steel Bridge Competition held May 26-27 in Oregon.

The ASCE’s Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award is given annually based on judging of student chapter annual reports by a committee of ASCE student members from around the United States. Each year five finalists are named alongside an award winner. SD Mines has won recognition from ASCE as a Ridgway Finalist in years past including in 2012 and 2013.

The SD Mines ASCE website has more information on the group. 



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