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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Since 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been a national leader in preparing world-class engineers and scientists. Award-winning undergraduate education is enhanced by graduate education and research and development in areas of critical need to South Dakota, the nation, and the world. Our graduates design, construct, and operate the most modern technology to meet today's complex challenges and are held in the highest regard by their fellow leaders in industry, consulting, government, health, research, and education.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is well-known in spheres of academia, research and industry for the quality engineering and science education we provide. Our reputation rests on the excellence of our faculty, students, and alumni, our intimate size, strong sense of community, affordability, and return on investment.
National and international companies recruit our students for employment and co-ops and internships, and our distinguished alumni demonstrate the Mines 'Legacy of Excellence' in their impact on their fields and their support of the university.


The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is engaged in cutting-edge research in a number of important areas of science and engineering. These research activities provide students with special opportunities to become involved in discovery and invention and to participate in the excitement of developing new concepts that can make our world a better place.

Strategic Research Areas

In the fall of 2009, the SDSM&T President named a Task Force on Research Plan Development to prepare a "comprehensive research plan for the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology." This task force, co-chaired by the Vice President for Research and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, recommended that the School focus its limited resources on further development of a small number of research areas. After much discussion, the task force evaluated ten candidate research areas and recommended four areas as most suitable for future development: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; underground science and engineering; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Most of the research taking place involves one (or more) of four strategic areas:

Participants in a recent SDSM&T Workshop on Carbon Nano Materials and Applications. Holding the banner are the president of the Georgia Institute of Technology  and the former president of SDSM&T.
For inquiries related to SDSMT Research, contact:

Research Affairs
Suite 102, O'Harra Building
(605) 394-2493
Research Laboratories at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology provide facilities and equipment for the high-level, specialized work we do. These include:


P.O. Box 41368
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55441-0368


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