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South Dakota Mines
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Our VISION is to develop world-class leaders in science and engineering to benefit society.

Our MISSION is to educate scientists and engineers to address global challenges, innovate to reach our creative potential, and engage in partnerships to transform society.

We VALUE integrity, ingenuity, inclusion, and impact.

We have four focus area to help us achieve our mission: Academic & Co-Curricular Excellence, Research and Innovation, Outreach & Engagement, and Campus Culture.

  • ACADEMIC & CO-CURRICULAR EXCELLENCE: Graduate innovative students in the fields of science and engineering who are prepared to contribute to solving global challenges and serve as leaders in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.


  • RESEARCH & INNOVATION: Promote an innovative and research-driven culture that discovers knowledge and creates wide-ranging partnerships that benefit society through economic growth.


  • OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT: Build recognition and respect by promoting the unique achievements of our students, faculty, and staff and increasing engagement with alumni, stakeholders, and the community.


  • CAMPUS CULTURE: Strive to make our campus a place where students, faculty, and staff thrive in an inclusive, equitable, diverse, and creative environment.

We seek to graduate innovative students in the fields of science and engineering who are prepared to contribute to solving global challenges and serve as leaders in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.

  • Develop and implement a strategic enrollment plan to effectively recruit and retain students.

  • Continuously improve on the curriculum and experiences that make our university both extraordinary and distinctive.

  • Advance innovative, hands-on, project-based learning strategies integrated across disciplines.

  • Advise and mentor students to maximize their opportunities for academic, professional, and personal success.

  • Create and maintain distinctive programs that are responsive to changing industry and societal needs.


South Dakota Mines strives to produce graduates in the fields of engineering and science who are prepared to contribute to solving global challenges and serve as leaders in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world. Becoming a KEEN partner provides recognition for the successes we've had in providing innovative hands-on project-based learning experiences and enables us to work with our KEEN partners to adopt their best practices to further advance the entrepreneurial minded engineering education we provide.
--President James Rankin
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Aaron Lalley
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Design for Manufacturing mentors have been developed to train all undergraduate students in design for manufacturing.

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Micah Lande
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Engaging students through their own frustrations & curiosities about their own engineering learning experience to make qualitative research opportunities