Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SD Mines Celebrates 41st Annual Engineers Week


Local students participating in E-Week activities learn about the concept of erosion from SD Mines geology and geological engineering professor Kurt Katzenstein, Ph.D.


RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 14, 2018) – The 2018 Engineers Week will be celebrated at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Feb. 20-24. 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 featuring professors and students from SD Mines from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Goodell Gymnasium in the King Center. Join our team of Mines Myth Busters who will debunk or prove some of history’s most popular urban legends. This event is free and open to all: the curious spectator, the serious scientist, and everyone in between. Mines professors and students will talk about curiosity-driven research and present hands-on demonstrations. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the SD Mines Professional Development Institute hosts the first annual Professional Student Organization Showcase in the Surbeck Center Ballroom from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. That evening, Youth in Science Rapid City hosts a free movie showing of “Dream Big” at the Elks Theatre at 6 p.m. “Dream Big” shows “inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration,” and demonstrates what it takes to be an engineer and what motivates engineers to “create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.” This is a first come, first serve event and door prizes will be available for those who attend.

SD Mines will also host over 500 middle and high school students for Engineering & Science Day on Thursday, Feb. 22. The day begins with demonstrations by academic departments held across campus and chemistry magic shows in room 2228 of Chemistry Building from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The shows will feature Dr. Justin Meyer, senior lecturer of chemistry and applied biological sciences, and students from the American Chemical Society conducting exciting experiments involving chemicals that create colorful smoke and flames. 

Engineering & Science Day also includes a special lunchtime concert, “Music in Engineering,” from 12-1 p.m. in the Music Center followed by the presentation: “By Jove, It's Juno! NASA's Mission to Jupiter” from 1-2 p.m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. This presentation by Tom Durkin from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium will focus NASA’s most recent venture to the unknown world of Jupiter.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

  • Mines Myth Busters, 6-8 p.m., Goodell Gym, King Center, Click here for more details

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

  • PDI Professional Organization Showcase, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center
  • Free Dream Big showing, 6 p.m., Elks Theatre, door prizes included    

Thursday, Feb. 22:

  • Department Tours and Chemistry Magic Shows, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Campus Wide 
  • Music in Engineering Special Lunchtime Concert, 12-1 p.m., Music Center 

  • NASA Presentation by Tom Durkin, 1-2 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center

Friday, Feb. 23:

  • Order of the Engineer Initiation, 3:00-4:30 p.m.; Ballroom, Surbeck Center, for graduating seniors only. Click here for more information.
  • Apex Gallery opening reception Communicate, Innovate, Fabricate, 5-7 p.m., Classroom Building room 211.

Saturday, Feb. 24:

  • Math Counts Contest, 12 p.m., Room 204, Classroom Building. Click here for more information.

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


About South Dakota Mines  

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
King Center
Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Campus Wide
Saturday, Sep. 30, 2023
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Stadium Parking Lot and Rocker Trails
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Crazy Horse