Welcome to the SD Mines Alumni Association

The SD Mines Alumni Association promotes communication and interaction among alumni, students, faculty and administrators of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with the objective of strengthening the school's academic, research, and service roles. The Alumni Association maintains an alumni network and support services for SD Mines graduates and friends throughout the world.  

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Tom Zeller (ME70), Alumni Association Executive VP, click for a short video.     


Our organization appreciates and relies on the time, talents, and financial support of our many alumni to carry out our purpose and mission.  Here are projects that need your help today:

  • Area Meetings and events - events all over the country to reminisce and connect.
  • 50-Year Reunions and All School Reunions - to connect SD Mines alumni; July 2020 - 5 Year Reunion.
  • Alumni Networking - aid new graduates in finding employment; help for alumni changing careers; resources for moving to areas; and having fun!
  • Zero Year Reunion - connect with graduating seniors to induct them into their lifetime legacy as SD Mines alums.

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Give Back to SD Mines by Adopting a High School


Looking for a way to give back to SD Mines?  

Consider spreading the word about SD Mines by adopting a local high school in your area.  It requires 3 easy steps:

1.  Contact Samantha Dunn, admissions counselor, at (605) 394-6144 or by email at samantha.dunn@sdsmt.edu to request a packet of information along with your personal School of Mines experiences.

2.  Make an appointment with a school administrator, counselor, teacher, or other point of contact.  In this meeting you will share the packet of information along with your own SD Mines experience.

3.  Complete a visit summary form and return it to Samantha Dunn.

For additionaly information please visit sdsmt.edu/alumniambassador.

Please hlp spread the SD Mines good word!  For more information on attending SD Mines, visit the www.gotomines.com webpage.



Hardrocker Heritage Award         

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has established the Hardrocker Heritage Award to offer in-state tuition and fees to highly qualified, first-time, full-time nonresident freshmen who have at least one parent or legal guardian who earned a degree from SD Mines.  It is designed to attract exceptional students to South Dakota in areas of critical need, this award recognizes that children of alumni have a stronger connection to the region and are a priority for the state to support.
With a 98 percent placement rate and average early-career salaries of $65,500, SD Mines is already a valuable investment for out-of-state students.  In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the University topped the list of "Best Public Universities for Returns on Investment" and has been ranked one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for 17 consecutive years.
Now, with the Hardrocker Heritage Award, equivalent to approximately $3,000 a year for the average student in 2014-15, nonresident students with a connection to South Dakota have even greater incentive to attend the university.  

Event Calendar Highlights                

Phoenix, AZ - February 23 - SME, join us at SME  at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in the Alahambra room, need not be a conference participant to enter, for light appetizers and drinks beginning at 5 PM.

Rapid City, SD - February 24 -Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Bar, join us for drinks and reminiscing at 4 PM then make your way to the Women’s and Men’s basketball games in the Ice Arena against BHSU; women tip off at 5:30 PM and men at 7:30 PM. Cash bar.

Midland, MI - February 27 - Alumni curling event at the Midland Curling Center.  Please RSVP to Dan Hines (ChemE13) at dehines@dow.com.

Casper, WY - March 5 - Join us for dinner at the Casper Country Club.

*Denver, CO - March 7 - Location TBD

*Minneapolis, MN - March 14 - Location TBD

*Omaha, NE - April 4 - Location TBD

Rapid City, SD - May 5-7 - 50 Year Graduate Reunion honoring the class of 1966, contact katie.harwood@sdsmt.edu for details.

*Denotes a multi-layer event; hosted by the President’s Office to bring together prospective students, current students, and alumni.