Mines News

Release Date Thursday, April 12, 2018

SD Mines Student Teams Take First, Second in Governor’s Giant Vision Business Plan Competition

Plateau Energy Films, a company started by Mines student Bill Trevillyan, a double major in chemical engineering and chemistry, was awarded the first place in the student division. Pictured is David Owen, executive director of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trevillyan and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 13, 2018) – For the fourth year in a row, a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology student earned top honor in the student division of the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition held in Sioux Falls. 

A second Mines student team took home second place in the student division; and a third Mines team tied for second in the business division. 

Plateau Energy Films, a company started by Mines student Bill Trevillyan, a double major in chemical engineering and chemistry, was awarded the first place in the student division. Plateau Energy Films produces and sells transparent energy saving window films. As winner of the student division, he was awarded $5,000. 

Plateau Energy Films also won the SD Mines 2017 CEO Student Business Plan Competition in December, making this the first time a competitor won both competitions. Trevillyan was recently awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and will be conducting undergraduate research at Stanford University this summer. 

Argent Bottles, a company started by SD Mines student Abi Fuller, an industrial engineering and engineering management major, placed second in the student division. Argent Bottles makes travel water bottles designed to accomplish military grade decontamination. As second place winner, she was awarded $4,000.

In the business division, SD Mines students Nick Hutchinson and Tom Voboril tied for second place for their business Hutchinson Car Audio. Both Hutchinson and Voboril are mechanical engineering majors at Mines. Hutchinson Car Audio makes high end speakers for the competitive auto sound industry. They were awarded $7,500.  

Five teams from SD Mines competed in the annual business competition, which is hosted by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce. The competition is held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Office of Economic Development Conference. Each competitor presented their business idea privately to a panel of judge. 

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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

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