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Release Date Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SD Mines Day Slated for March 1 at the Capitol

SD Mines students using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream inside the state capitol in Pierre.

RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 28, 2018) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology takes over the capitol rotunda in Pierre from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. The event allows Mines students, faculty and staff to share their innovative work with state lawmakers and state officials.

Campus organizations on hand include the Professional Development Institute, Mines Advantage, the alumni association, the athletics department, the admissions office, as well as the Innovation Club for Entrepreneurs. Also, during the event, the Aero Design Team will have one of their radio-controlled aircraft set up. 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. Joseph Wright, SD Mines associate vice president for research and economic development, will also be on hand to speak about efforts like the Entrepreneurs in Residence Program (EIR).  The program brings seasoned entrepreneurs to SD Mines with a focus on new venture formation based on technology created through SD Mines' extraordinary research.

Efforts like EIR make SD Mines a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in South Dakota. In the last six years, Mines has fostered a number of successful high-tech start-up companies including VRC Metal Systems, Nanopareil and CalxAqua. The university not only creates jobs by nourishing high-tech start-ups, but also by educating the science, technology, engineering and math labor force. In the last six years, 272 graduates accepted jobs with 142 employers in 28 South Dakota communities. 

Over the years SD Mines graduates have also gone on to establish well-known businesses in the state. These companies have a global impact and employ thousands of people in the region, companies like Daktronics, RESPEC and RPM Associates



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

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