Nanoscience and Nanoengineering students and faculty are interviewed about their involvement in the statewide biotechnology research center BioSNTR funded by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program and the State of South Dakota.

Graduate Education

Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Admission to the Nanoscience and Nanoengineering MS and PhD programs requires a bachelor's or master's degree in an engineering or science discipline based on physical science. The Introduction to Nanoscience course is offered for students from a range of backgrounds as an introduction to nanotechnology. 

Biomedical Engineering MS and Biomedical Engineering PhD

Biomedical engineering is concerned with the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems to the delivery of health care. The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems and may work in either direction, applying the patterns of living organism to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health. 

The master’s and PhD degrees are both cross-disciplinary degrees. The objective of the MS program is to prepare a student for research and development careers in the biomedical industry and further research at the doctoral level. The PhD program will prepare a student for a career as a researcher who advances the frontiers of biomedical science and engineering with attention to generating new ideas for commercialization.

Current focus areas of faculty activity within the program are biomaterials, bioimaging (instrumentation, methods, and visualization), biomechanics (experimental and computational modeling/simulations), assistive technology/rehabilitation engineering, and tissue engineering. Students in these programs will be associated with one or more of several departments, research centers, and laboratories.

Admission to either program will be based on the established graduate admission standards at South Dakota Mines. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a GPA of 3.00 or better are expected of all applicants for the PhD program. The TOEFL exam is required for students whose native language is not English. Students seeking exceptions warranted by special circumstances are requested to contact the biomedical engineering graduate program coordinator.

Program Contact

Dr. Steve Smith
Department Head
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Phone: (605) 394-5268
Office: EP 220  

Dr. Johnica Winter
NANO-BME Program Coordinator
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Phone: (605)-394-1911
Office: EP 235A


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