Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SD Mines Celebrates 40th Annual Engineers Week

More than 500 middle school students will participate in 2017 E-Week activities with Mines faculty Feb. 21-24.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 15, 2017) – The 2017 Engineers Week is being celebrated at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Feb. 21-24. The week features free events for area middle school students and the general public, as well as the university community.

The public is invited to Mines Myth Busters from 6-7 p.m. on Feb. 21, in the Surbeck Center ballroom, where Mines professors and students will not just talk about curiosity-driven research, they’ll show it with hands-on demonstrations. The event is free.

Mines hosts about 500 middle and high school students for Engineering & Science Day on Thursday, Feb. 23. The day’s event include: tours and demonstrations by academic departments, chemistry shows, a concert and a NASA presentation.

The Magic Chemistry Shows on Thursday, Feb. 23, will be in the lecture hall of the Chemistry Building, room 2228, from 9 a.m.-noon. The shows feature experiments involving chemicals that create colorful smoke and flames.

Engineering & Science Day also includes a special lunchtime concert, “Music in Engineering,” from noon-1 p.m. in the Music Center.

The NASA presentation “The Expanding Universe” also takes place on Feb. 23 from 1-2 p.m. in the Surbeck Center ballroom. Throughout history, we have repeatedly underestimated the size of the universe. This talk, by Tom Durkin from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, will focus on the current understanding of Hubble’s Law and the Hubble constant, which measures the expansion rate of the universe where velocity increases with increasing distance from the observer.

Highlights of E-Week follow. Click here for the full schedule.

Tuesday, Feb. 21:

  • Order of the Engineer Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Surbeck Center ballroom 
    Click here for details on the luncheon
    • Mines Myth Busters, 6-7 p.m., Surbeck Center ballroom
      Click here for details on this free event 

    Wednesday, Feb. 22:

    • South Dakota Engineering Society Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Christensen Hall of Fame, King Center
      Click here for details on this luncheon.

    Thursday, Feb. 23: 

    • Engineering & Science Day Department Tours and Chemistry Show, 9 a.m.-noon; Campus Wide
      Click here for details on this tour
    • Music in Engineering Special Lunchtime Concert, noon-1 p.m., Music Center 
    • NASA Presentation by Tom Durkin, The Expanding Universe, 1-2 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center 
    • Museum of Geology Hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 24:

    • Communicate, Innovate, Fabricate: Apex Gallery reception 5-7 p.m., gallery talk at 6 p.m. 
    • Mr. & Miss Mines Pageant, 7 p.m., Surbeck Center ballroom.
      Click here for details on the pageant    

     Here is a campus map for help finding the locations of the events listed above.


    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 2,654 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

    Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu