Mines News

Release Date Monday, February 11, 2019

SD Mines Day Slated for Feb. 14 at the Capitol

Mines’ American Chemistry Society and the Society of Physics Students will team up to make dry ice root beer with liquid nitrogen ice cream. Here, a group of elementary students visiting the state capital has fun, while learning about science, by dipping graham crackers into liquid nitrogen.  


The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology takes over the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, Feb. 14. The event allows Mines students, faculty and staff to share their innovative work with state lawmakers and state officials.

One theme this year is the important impact of the mineral industries in our state. More than $522 million in minerals, oil, gas and metals are extracted from South Dakota each year. The spin-offs from this industry, including job creation in auxiliary services, equates to $2.5 billion in annual economic impact. With its central and convenient location, SD Mines is the hub of regional industrial, academic and governmental collaboration related to mineral industries.

This year. representatives from Ascent Innovation will also be on hand. This organization is part of the backbone of the economic growth now underway in the Black Hills. Well-known companies such as  Daktronics, RESPEC, RPM Associates, and recent successes such as VRC Metal Systems and B9 Creations demonstrate that nurturing high-tech start-ups is the way to build a more vibrant economy.

These tech-based companies often spring from innovative ideas at SD Mines and thrive because of the pool of brilliant and motivated engineers, scientists and young professionals trained at the university. In the past five years, 266 Mines graduates accepted jobs with 129 employers in South Dakota. SD Mines key to empowering the next generation of South Dakota based high-tech companies.

Faculty and students from the university’s mining engineering and management department, admissions, Abergast Materials Processing & Joining Lab, esports and students who participate in our CEO Business Plan Competition will also be attending the event. To top it all off, Mines’ American Chemistry Society and the Society of Physics Students will team up to make dry ice root beer with liquid nitrogen ice cream. The university will also host lunch for guests on the rotunda.



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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Mike Ray , 605-394-6082, Mike.Ray@sdsmt.edu