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Raven donates $150,000 for avionics minor at Mines

Flight Sim
South Dakota Mines
Two South Dakota Mines students use the university flight simulator in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Raven Industries gift will enhance Mines’ new minor in avionics.

Raven Industries is donating $150,000 to support a new minor in avionics at South Dakota Mines, according to a news release.

Raven’s Aerostar division is a global leader in stratospheric balloon technology, and its platforms are used for near-space applications in aerospace, defense and scientific research. Avionics are the electrical systems used in aircraft.

The donation expands on the Sioux Falls company’s connection to the university in Rapid City, where Raven has a branch office on campus. Over 50 South Dakota Mines alumni work for Raven.

The gift endows a Raven Aerostar scholarship to support students in the avionics program. It also allows the department to buy equipment for improved design, test and prototyping capabilities for high-speed electronic circuits needed in aircraft and space avionics applications.

“For decades, Raven has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with South Dakota Mines, and we know first-hand the value of their education, learning experiences and programs,” said Dan Rykhus, president and CEO of Raven Industries.