We are excited to be a part of this day in Pierre at the state Capitol.
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology takes over the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, Feb. 14. The event allows Mines students, faculty and staff to share their innovative work with state lawmakers and state officials.
One theme this year is the important impact of the mineral industries in our state. More than $522 million in minerals, oil, gas and metals are extracted from South Dakota each year. The spin-offs from this industry, including job creation in auxiliary services, equates to billions of dollars in annual economic impact. With its central and convenient location, SD Mines is the hub of regional industrial, academic and governmental collaboration related to mineral industries.
This year, representatives from Ascent Innovation will also be on hand. This organization is part of the backbone of the economic growth now underway in the Black Hills. Well-known companies such as: Daktronics, RESPEC, RPM Associates, and recent successes such as VRC Metal Systems and B9 Creations demonstrate that nurturing high-tech start-ups is the way to build a more vibrant economy.
These tech-based companies often spring from innovative ideas at SD Mines and thrive because of the pool of brilliant and motivated engineers, scientists and young professionals trained at the university. In the past five years, 266 Mines graduates accepted jobs with 129 employers in South Dakota. SD Mines key to empowering the next generation of South Dakota based high-tech companies.
Faculty and students from the university’s mining engineering and management department, admissions, Abergast Materials Processing & Joining Lab, esports and students who participate in our CEO Business Plan Competition will also be attending the event. To top it all off, Mines’ American Chemistry Society and the Society of Physics Students will team up to make dry ice root beer with liquid nitrogen ice cream. The university will also host lunch for guests on the rotunda.
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