South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... October 8, 2019 Show 675 Hour 2

Throughout the month of October, SDPB explores the future of agriculture in the state. Today we welcome a panel from the School of Mines to discuss the future of ag from a decidedly scientific point of view. 


Robb Winter is the department head and professor of chemical and biological engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology – he leads a team that is working on the recently announced NSF grants on 2D materials, biofilm, and microbial research.  In the past three years, the National Science Foundation has awarded $32 million in funding for research led by faculty from multiple institutions to expand human understanding of the microbial world.

2D-Atom Sized-Material Used To Coat Metals At SDSMT

Sep 27, 2019

  The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has received 32 million dollars in National Science Foundation Grants. Some of that money is funding the research of microbes and biofilms that can lead to corrosion in metals. A team of researchers is preventing corrosion with two dimensional materials. 


Even though his findings are big, Dr. Govind Chilkoor works out of a small office room scattered with several pieces of lab equipment. But that’s plenty of space to study two dimensional materials.



In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 2

Each month, Chuck Parkinson hosts Where Do We Go From Here from the South Dakota Community Foundation Gallery in Rapid City. Today's episode explores how Black Hills colleges are partnering to enhance opportunities.

Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Tech, joins Parkinson on In The Moment for a preview. 

Innovation: CubeSat

Aug 23, 2019
Chynna Lockett/SDPB

Dr. Hadi Fekrmandi is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Skye Rutan-Bedard is a mechanical engineering undergraduate researcher.  The difference between a satellite and a cube sat is more than just the price tag. Research at School of Mines is looking at cameras used in a CubeSat as the goal is to expand from one small satellite to a swarm of smaller satellites working together to focus on specific research areas.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... August 19, 2019 Show 640 Hour 1

Hangup Man: A Most Dangerous Job is the title of the next STEAM Cafe presentation at Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City Tuesday (Aug 20th) at 6:00 p.m.   The hangup man played a vital role in the underground blasting process, but there was a saying, "There are no old hangup men." 

Mark Bowron is an Instructor of Mining and Engineering Management at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... July 30, 2019 Show 626 Hour 1

The state's public universities and schools are asking the South Dakota Board of Regents for around $90 million to complete projects they say are high priority. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is requesting money from the state legislature for a Mineral Industries Building that would become "the hub of regional industries, academic and governmental collaboration related to mineral industries."

School of Mines President Jim Rankin and Provost Lance Roberts discuss the proposal. 

In The Moment ... July 15, 2019 Show 615 Hour 1

When you think of engineering, does nature come to mind? Nature is often our best teacher.

A species of termites cultivates a fungus for decomposing dead plant material within colonies. This serves millions of termites in several capacities.

Bret Lingwall is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He speaks in detail Tuesday night during STEAM Cafe at Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City.

Aaron Siders

Cabot-Ann Christopherson, researcher with the Majorana Demonstrator and a chemistry instructor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology presents the “Case for Curiosity”.  Christofferson explains why researchers pursue the experiments underground. She says often the best discoveries happen on accident.

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Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... June 18, 2019 Show 598 Hour 1

In 1845, two ships and 129 men left Greenland with the hope of locating the Northwest Passage. They never returned and were lost to human history and to science.

Within the last few years, thanks to modern science, technology, and exploration, the two ships have been found.

In The Moment ... March 14, 2019 Show 535 Hour 1

For double mothers, the roles of being both a biological mother and a step-mother can make for a real balancing act.

Dr. Kayla Pritchard discusses "The Boundary Work of Double Mothers" at the next STEAM Cafe, Tuesday, March 19, at Haycamp Brewing Company in Rapid City.

Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 1

Humans sometimes seem like they're only out for themselves. However, acting in your own self-interest can have a negative impact on community or organization.

Dr. Saurav Kumar Dubey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He's presenting at the upcoming STEAM Cafe on Tuesday at Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City at 6:00 p.m. His talk is titled "Despite Our Nature: Incentivizing Cooperation."

Biomedical engineering applies creative problem solving to a wide variety of medical issues. It's expected to be one of the fastest growing career fields in South Dakota.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry reports that the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are partnering to offer a new four-year bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... December 20, 2018 Show 484 Hour 1

Each year firefighters prepare themselves for Black Hills wildfires. The Legion Lake fire was in December of last year and the conditions were just right albeit surprising that it was that late in the year. Darren Clabo is the state Wildland Fire Meteorologist and research scientist at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

LNI Cheerleaders Team With SDSMT Squad

Dec 13, 2018

Eighteen cheerleading squads are teaming together to perform an opening dance during the Lakota Nation Invitational. The students had three hours to learn a group routine this year. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology cheer team helped prepped the high schoolers and are joining in their performance.

One Hundred and thirty cheerleaders are practicing for the pre-cheer competition dance.

Seven School of Mines cheerleaders volunteered to choregraph the performance. They count steps and help hold high schoolers in in the air.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology University Relations

A team of students from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is heading to the world finals in competitive computer programming. This is the fourth year in a row that a School of Mines team has qualified, and the ninth time in the program’s history. 

The School of Mines team bested more than 200 other college teams from across the Midwest Canada. They qualified after a five-hour competition in which teams solve math-based problems of varying difficulties. If a team submits a solution that turns out to be wrong, they receive a 20-minute time penalty.

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The Hillard Brothers have built a unique electric paramotor. The two have visions of starting their own company creating ultra-light aircraft.

200th Anniversary Of Frankenstein

Oct 4, 2018

In The Moment ... October 4. 2018 Show 436 Hour 2

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. Readers and scientists across the globe celebrate Mary Shelly's look at love and fear, power and humanity.

October 16th at 6pm, the next STEAM Cafe presents Dr. Laura Kremmel from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Humanities Department.

She joined In The Moment today from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital studio at SDPB Black Hills Studio in downtown Rapid City.

Dr. Jennifer Benning, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also a leader of the Engineering and Science Projects in Community Service Projects (EPICS). Dr. Benning is the featured speaker at the STEAM Café at the Hay Camp Brewing company on Tuesday, September 18th. The EPICS program provides students an opportunity to partner on community projects and earn course credits. Projects include tackling homelessness by designing tiny houses; building greenhouses or saving historic buildings.

Adria Botella

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students took home second place in a student bridge contest.

The contest was sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2018 Student Bridge Contest.

The Mines students designed a bridge weighing just 12.5 ounces that can carry a 2.000-pound load. Seventu Teams from 30 universities were tasked to design , build and test a 24-inch-long structural composite bridge using fiber reinforced plastics and high-performance materials. 

U.S. Defense Department

In The Moment ... June 25, 2018 Show 365 Hour 2

Heather Wilson is Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. She's also former president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She returns to the Black Hills to present a lecture on "Computers and War" as she addresses how technology has changed the rules of engagement.

Lee Strubinger

Dr. Richard Schnee on Radon Reduction – associate professor and head of the SD Mines Department of Physics research related to radon reduction efforts in SURF and SNOLAB as laid out in this article.

School of Mines Welcomes Varsity Esports Team

May 17, 2018
SDSMT University Relations

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and many colleges around the country are capitalizing on the broad appeal. This fall the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology joins the ranks of schools that sponsor so-called esports teams.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 1

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Hay Camp Brewing Company and South Dakota Public Broadcasting bring you the S.T.E.A.M. Café, held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp.

The May 15 event is "Linguists at War: Allied Translators and Interpreters in the War against Japan." It's presented by Allison Gilmore, Department Head of SD Mines Humanities & Social Sciences.


Internships, Industry, and Keeping SD Grads Local

May 11, 2018
Lori Walsh

Education and workforce development are increasingly intertwined. About 60% of South Dakota graduates stay in the state after they finish their degree.   Partly to encourage that trend, Governor Dennis Daugaard has established partnerships between universities and industry. SDPB’s Jackie Hendry looks at two schools in western South Dakota: one setting the stage for a growing tech economy, and the other responding to community needs.

Joree Sandin is a recent graduate with a mechanical engineering major from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is the student leader of the Moonrockers team consisting of 16 Tech students. The team is on its way to the 2018 NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. This event brings together more than 500 college students from around the country. The competition challenges students to design and build a robot that can mine the icy gravel from the planet Mars. 

Dr. Frank VanNuys

May 2, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 2, 2018 Show 328 Hour 1

Who are you? Where do you come from?

A new exhibit at the Journey Museum & Learning Center in Rapid City looks at the "Music and Immigrants of the Dakotahs." The exhibit opens Friday, May 4, with a reception at 5:00 p.m., featuring a special presentation by Frank Van Nuys.

VanNuys is a professor of history at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

Christian Widener, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of VRC Metal Systems was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018 by South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development. VRC Metal Systems manufactures cold spray equipment and advanced manufacturing systems. Widener is also an associate professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is director of the Arbegast Materials and Processing Laboratory, a research facility for advanced metals and processing.

Terri Colgrove

   The international students who attend South Dakota’s colleges and universities have plenty of challenges.  From language barriers to the weather--there’s a lot to navigate. But perhaps the biggest and most important challenge is finding a sense of home away from home.

 As part of an ongoing series on international students in the state, SDPB’s Jackie Hendry shares how some students adjust and what one family gained from welcoming students into their home

In The Moment ... April 16, 2018 Show 316 Hour 2

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology launches a new venture this week called STEAM Cafe. It's a partnership with SDPB and Hay Camp Brewing Company. The project features South Dakota Mines faculty and staff exploring topics ranging from cutting edge research to history.

STEAM Café, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp Brewing Company. The first talk is slated for April 17.