Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SD Mines Design Fair Showcases Robots, Wheelchair Tester, Electric Motorcycle, Crop Health Monitor

The 2017 SD Mines Concrete Canoe is headed to the National Concrete Canoe Competition again this year! It was just one of many projects  featured at the 2017 Design Fair!

Graduating Mines students showcased their work over the last year at  SD Mines 2017 Senior Design Fair. The interactive fair in the Surbeck Center Ballroom at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology showcased more than 60 senior capstone projects. The event once again drew a large crowd.

A wide range of projects included an electric dirt bike, an imaging device to monitor crop health and increase food production, a testing track to aid in the design of new wheelchairs and the Moonrockers robot, which is designed to navigate a lunar landscape for the annual NASA competition.

Traditional student design projects from Mines’ Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production were also on display, including a steel bridge, concrete canoe, Formula racing car, Baja off-road vehicle and the Hardrocker supermileage car, which can travel 1,000 miles on a single gallon of gas.

All graduating seniors in engineering disciplines and computer science are required to participate in two semesters of team design. Many of the projects receive sponsorship from private industry, government agencies and local businesses.


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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


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