Mines News

Release Date Thursday, January 26, 2023

South Dakota Mines Takes Over State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday

Mines students use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream inside the South Dakota State Capitol Rotunda. The process is one of many highlights common at the annual Mines Day at the Capitol in Pierre.

South Dakota Mines will host its annual Mines Day at the Capitol event in Pierre from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The event allows Mines to share the innovative work happening on campus with state lawmakers and business leaders.

Mines President Dr. Jim Rankin will join various faculty, staff and students to visit with guests and host hands-on activities for all ages. Various academic departments and student organizations will have displays and interactive projects. University chapters of the American Chemical Society, American Society of Chemical Engineers, Society of Physics Students, Student Senate, the Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement, and CAMP will be on hand with displays and demonstrations.

Research is an important industry in South Dakota and Mines’ student and faculty research has a positive economic impact on the state. Mines landed a university record $20.1 million in research funding in fiscal year 2022. Investments in research at Mines came from organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. The university has a track record of turning research into local start-up companies such as VRC Metal Systems and Endlas; in turn, these companies create local high-paying jobs.

Mines also supports the emerging high-tech economy in South Dakota with a talent pipeline of well-trained scientists, engineers, and business leaders. Mines’ graduates provide the backbone for a range of companies and organizations with South Dakota offices such as AEsir, B9Creations, Daktronics, Memsense, Banner Associates, Black Hills Info Sec., Caterpillar, IMP, POET, Raven, RESPEC, Vishay, Sanford Underground Research Facility, Black Hills Energy, and many more.



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: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu