CAPE Vision and Mission


The mission of the CAPE Lab is:

  • to provide a stimulating and collaborative environment for innovative research and rigorous education in polymers, polymer matrix composites and related areas;
  • to build strong, productive relationships with our industrial, governmental and academic partners;
  • and to create dedicated teams of SD Mines students, faculty and staff focused on advancing knowledge in the polymer and composites field.


  • An active focal point for multidisciplinary research collaborations in polymers and composites, within SD Mines and with external partners
  • Leading capabilities in polymers and composites, from materials science to prototyping and testing
  • Research and development projects with regional, national and global industry, with special emphasis on entrepreneurial projects
  • Force for economic development in South Dakota
  • Provider of rigorous education to expand the pool of well-educated scientists and engineers in the field of polymers and polymer composites
  • Internationally recognized for research excellence, creativity and industrial relevance
  • A driver for start-up companies and an incubator for new technologies and commercialization

Our Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Search for Understanding
  • Project Success
  • Safety Throughout

Mines Strategic Plan

Learn more about the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Strategic Plan for education, research, facilities, human resources, administration and development.

CAPE Director
David Salem
Professor, MET and CBE
Office: (605) 394-5271
CAPE lab: (605) 394-5279
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