South Dakota Mines EMES Facility Expands to Include Array of Instruments with Environmental Applications

Dr. Scott Beeler uses a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) in the Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES) at South Dakota Mines. The GC-MS is used to identify and quantify organic compounds with applications in a wide range of fields such as environmental monitoring, medicine, and oil and gas.

The Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES) at South Dakota Mines has begun overseeing the operation and maintenance of instrumentation within the Shimadzu Environmental Research Laboratory (SERL).

The EMES was founded on the Mines campus in 1903 with a mission to serve mining industry research. Today the mission has expanded to include a much broader range of academic and industry needs with a wide array of scientific equipment that is utilized by industry professionals and university researchers across the region. The EMES has seen equipment investments by the South Dakota Board of Regents and the National Science Foundation totaling more than $2.8 million since 2011. The EMES website lists the range of scientific equipment available for academic research and industry use including the Shimadzu instrumentation.

The SERL was established in 2015 in partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments by Lisa Kunza. Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Chemistry Biology and Health Sciences at Mines. The SERL is a multidisciplinary research facility that contains a suite of state-of-the-art instrumentation with a focus on environmental applications. SERL instruments enable the chemical characterization of a wide range of sample types including natural waters, biological materials, rocks and minerals.

The EMES and South Dakota Mines research community thank Dr. Kunza for her years of dedication in creating and maintaining the SERL. User access and maintenance for SERL instrumentation will now be managed by Scott Beeler, Ph.D., a research scientist who joined the EMES in June 2019. Beeler brings experience in a wide range of geochemical analytical methods with a focus in environmental science and biogeochemistry.

In the future the newly expanded EMES is expected to play an increasing role in the expanding high-tech industry in the Black Hills. The effort to build a new Mineral Industries building on campus to properly house the cutting-edge equipment in EMES is a critical part of the university’s mission to support regional economic development.


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