SD School of Mines and Technology

Abena Songbird, SD School of Mines Office of Multicultural Affairs

February is National Black History Month, and it's a time when the National Society of Black Engineers comes into focus at the School of Mines and Technology. Two of that group's student representatives tell SDPB's Victoria Wicks that race relations have changed over the years, but not nearly enough. And they say South Dakota's overwhelmingly white population makes it a lonely place for them to live.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 21, 2017 Show 160 Hour 2

A new Honors program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invites highly motivated students to seek a deeper education, one that's tied closely to the challenges of the real world. We're joined by Dr. Scott Kenner and Dr. Demitris Kouris from SDSMT.

Shon Anderson is with B9Creations, an international 3D printer company based in Rapid City. He joins us to talk about building an international business from the Black Hills of South Dakota and building a culture of innovation and imagination.

Victoria Wicks

There is a difference between science and science fiction, of course. But the two converge at events like Comic Con. At the Denver Comic Con this summer, real scientists included three students and a lecturer from the physics department at the School of Mines and Technology.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 4, 2017 Show 149 Hour 1

The 2017 Folk Off winner for the Sioux River Folk Fest is Lil’ Red and the Medicated Moose Band. They're a married musical couple and they're joining us live from our studios at the University of South Dakota for this week's Moment in Sound. They play at Sioux River Folk Fest in Canton tonight at 6 p.m.

In The Moment ... August 3, 2017 Show 148 Hour 1

Deb Peters is a South Dakota state senator. She serves on the Government Operations and Audit Committee. She's also president elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In that role, she recently traveled to Washington to testify against the No Regulation without Representation Act. We talk about the balance between federal oversight and state sovereignty, then Peters provides an update on the Government Operations and Audit Committee's summer meetings.

Victoria Wicks

The School of Mines and Technology is hosting a conference to discuss research at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The event started Friday, May 12, and continues to Tuesday, May 16.

This is the second conference of this sort. The first was held in 2015. Associate physics professor Richard Schnee chairs this year's conference organizing committee. He says holding the conference every two years seems to be the right timing.

Victoria Wicks

Hundreds of costumed children celebrated Halloween surrounded by dinosaur bones inside the School of Mines and Technology Museum of Geology on Saturday evening. This is the ninth year the school has hosted trick-or-treaters for its Night at the Museum.

One of the organizers tells SDPB's Victoria Wicks that children's interest in dinosaurs can lead to careers in science.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Fueled by a $172 million software donation from the Schlumberger Oil and Gas Company, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has launched an interdisciplinary energy initiative with the goal of advancing knowledge and better serving the oil and gas industry.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

Thursday is Constitution Day, celebrating a document that provides the framework for the government of the United States. It was signed in 1787, with 12 amendments—the Bill of Rights—added three years later. The document consists of words written in a different time. Over the years the courts have refined definitions and interpreted intent, giving meaning to constitutional laws that without that further refinement would be vague or ambiguous.

Cyber-physical systems technology is a new field that researchers say will transform the way people interact with engineered systems in the same way the internet has transformed the way people interact with information. But because cyber-physical systems are subject to threats that could undermine the national and economic security of the United States, researchers are looking for ways to strengthen the systems.

Victoria Wicks

There’s a lab in Rapid City where nanoparticles, the tiniest bits of matter, are used to create new materials.
Since its inception eight years ago, the Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory, or CAPE Lab, has grown a large infrastructure of machinery, equipment, and instrumentation. This allows scientists to do everything from molecular manipulation of materials to industrial manufacture of products to lab and field testing.

School of Mines Announces Final President Candidates

Apr 16, 2013

The final interviews to select the next South Dakota School of Mines and Technology president are this week. The Board of Regents announced the final four candidates Tuesday. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, the presidential-hopefuls come from diverse backgrounds.