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Release Date Thursday, August 10, 2017

Students Present Research on Affordable Housing, Buffalo Water Supplies, Food Production & More to Tribal Agencies

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 10, 2017) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Oglala Lakota College (OLC) students will present their research to Tribal agencies, community organizations, citizens and students from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Oglala Lakota College in Kyle.

Ten students will present research on topics including:
  • Drought Monitoring
  • Makerspace At OLC
  • Affordable Housing
  • OLC Sustainable Greenhouse
  • Land Suitability for Food Production on the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Geothermal Resources at Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Buffalo Management Plan: Water Supply
  • Sand and Gravel Resources at Pine Ridge Reservation
“The Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative program focuses student research on sustainable food, water and energy resources, as well as projects aimed at issues such as affordable housing and developing engineering design capacity at Oglala Lakota College. The poster session is an excellent opportunity for students to share and discuss their work with local stakeholders, including Tribal agencies and organizations and the general public, who can benefit from the results of these studies and can put these concepts into useful practice in their daily lives,” said Foster Sawyer, Ph.D., geology and geological engineering department at SD Mines.
The student poster presentation is part of the Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative, which helps Native American students at OLC enter pre-engineering programs and then finish their degrees at SD Mines or SD State. The project also provides professional development for college educators to help boost the number of Native American students who enter pre-engineering classes.
The research will be presented in the math and science department at OLC. The event is free and open to the public.


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: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu

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