Research at the School of Mines
Congratulations to Henok Tiruneh for being named the recipient of the 2012 Mines Medal Fellowship for his Geological Engineering research!
A proud tradition of research.
Whether it's a manned voyage to Mars, using DNA-based forensics to fight terrorism, or simply designing a truly environment-friendly SUV, the simple fact is that tomorrow's leaders will be those skilled enough, curious enough, intelligent enough, to research ... discover ... and invent tomorrow. At the School of Mines, these are the kind of scientists, engineers, and leaders we've been graduating since 1885.
More than a hundred years later, our commitment to research and development continues to result in powerful economic, social, and lifestyle benefits for the region, the state, and the nation. In fact, we receive more than $21 million annually in research funding from a variety of organizations including NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and the State of South Dakota.
What do you have in mind?
As a graduate student at the School of Mines, you'll work in high-tech laboratories and collaborate with faculty on cutting-edge scientific research and development initiatives. Graduate students research everything from national defense to nanotechnology to remote sensing, global warming, fiber-reinforced composites, ultra-lightweight space systems, futuristic transportation, energy resource development, and mineral extraction and processing.
Students design, build, and test alternative fuel vehicles at our Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), win international engineering competitions, make presentations at national conferences, and conduct research at off-campus sites as far away as Norway, Guatemala, Mozambique, and Mongolia.
Eager to build a better world?
At the School of Mines, we believe that the next big leap in the quality of human life could very well depend on you. So if you're curious about tomorrow, why not help invent it?
Research and Development at the School of Mines:
In addition to research and teaching opportunities within the departments, many graduate students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology work with researchers from one of our 5 research centers and 8 research laboratories:
- Center for Bioenergy Research and Development (CBERD)
- Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development (CBRD)
- Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP)
- Mining Center of Excellence
- Repair, Refurbish and Return to Service (R3S) Center
- Additive Manufacturing Lab (AML)
- Arbegast Materials Processing Laboratory (AMP)
- Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory (CAPE)
- Direct Write Laboratory (DWL)
- Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES)
- Experimental and Computational Mechanics Laboratory (ECML)
- Museum of Geology (MOG)
- Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (RER)