Mines News

Release Date Monday, November 7, 2016

Speaker Series Features Scientists from National Labs, Universities

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 7, 2016) – This year’s South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Chemical & Biological Engineering speaker series will feature scientists, medical doctors and entrepreneurs from national laboratories, elite research universities and hospitals.

The public is invited to all presentations, which will include topics such as energy conversion and generation, nanomaterials, health science, biomedical engineering, catalysis and reaction engineering and the Earth’s climate.

The three remaining presentations for the fall semester are from 11 a.m.-noon in room 252 of the Electrical and Engineering Physics Building. They are:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8. – Head Noble Chair Professor Dan Hill, Ph.D., of Texas A&M will speak about shale gas, upstream oil and enabling technologies. Hill is an industry expert in production engineering and holds five patents in oil recovery and well injection processes.
  • Nov. 15 – Martin Kocanda, Ph.D., a forensic scientist with the Rapid City Police Department and formerly with Northern Illinois University. Kocanda will speak about the process of resolving fingerprints.
  • Nov. 29 – Max Lampert of Darmstadt University. He will discuss polyethylene plant design.

The speaker series will continue next semester with speakers from MIT, CalTech, the University of California, Berkeley and others on topics ranging from cardiology to atmospheric composition. The speaker series spring dates:

  • Jan. 24 – Clayton Radke, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, catalysis, surface and colloidal science
  • Jan. 31 – Bhasker Purushottam, M.D., Rapid City Regional Hospital, cardiology research, health/biomedical research
  • Feb. 14 – Alan Marshall, Ph.D., Florida State University and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, specialized FT-ICR MS for detection of hundreds of intermediates
  • March 7 – Faye McNeill, Ph.D., Columbia University, Earth’s climate and atmospheric composition, aerosols
  • March 21 – Alexander Neimark, Ph.D., Rutgers University, nanostructured materials, porous materials, molecular dynamic simulation
  • April 4 – Linda Broadbelt, Ph.D., Northwestern University, catalysis, depolymerization and polymerization chemistry
  • April 11 – Arup Chakraborty, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, adaptive immune response, infectious diseases, pathogens
  • April 25 – David Tirrell, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, macromolecular design, protein evolution, biological imaging, and proteome-wide analysis of cellular processes

Click for a map of the South Dakota Mines campus.


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 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