Welcome to the Alumni Association webpage
The SDSM&T Alumni Association promotes communication and interaction among alumni, students, faculty and administrators of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with the objective of strengthening the school's academic, research and service roles. The Alumni Association also maintains an alumni network and support services for SDSM&T graduates and friends throughout the world.
The Alumni Office is located in Surbeck Center on campus If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions feel free to contact us.
Watch short Alumni videos by clicking on the images above.
Three Reasons to Give
Our organization relies on your time, talents, and financial support to carry out our purpose and mission. Here are three projects that need your help today.
- Area Meetings and events
- 50-Year Reunions and All School Reunions
- Alumni Networking
Heather Wilson was inaugurated as the 18th president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on Thursday night in a ceremony change prompted by a potentially record-breaking fall blizzard. What had been long scheduled as the Fifth Annual Mines Medal Dinner and Award event to honor Anna Balazs, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, (See www.sdsmt.edu/About/Mines-Medal) was quickly transformed into a combination celebration due to an approaching winter storm. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard introduced Balazs at the event which attracted more than 500 guests. Wilson, D.Phil., had been scheduled to be formally inaugurated on Friday morning in a ceremony featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Barbara Barrett delivering the inaugural address. Barrett, in town for the Mines Medal award dinner, described her friend as “caring, hardworking, honorable, focused and outcomes-driven,” someone whose leadership is sought throughout Washington, D.C. and the globe. “I regret that more faculty and students weren’t with us this evening at our impromptu ceremony. We will also miss the wonderful music from the Mines Master Chorale and Brass Choir that students have worked hard to prepare. But with the travel warnings as they are, blending the ceremonies was the right decision. I’m very proud to formally be the president of Mines and a Hardrocker!” Wilson said. A Rhodes Scholar and former Congresswoman, Wilson is the first female president in the university’s 128-year history. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations from Oxford University in England. Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is a pioneer in the area of predicting the behavior of complex polymeric materials through her theoretical modeling. Her research has significant impact on the scientific world. She leads a team that predicted the behavior of Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) gels, gels with far-reaching applications such as artificial skin that could be sensory, “a holy grail in robotics,” she said.
Reflections from the Archives
SD School of Mines & Technology enters the Computer Age.
“In April 1961, the Board of Regents approved expenditure for computers at SDSM&T. A completely transistorized digital computer, an IBM 1620, was purchased and installed in the McLaury Building”, together with a 1623 Core Storage, a 1622 Card Read-Punch Unit, a 870 Document Writing System, an Auto-plotter, and a Card Sorter. The memory size of the 1620 computer combined with the 1623 core storage was 40,000 addresses. The 1622 had an input capacity of 250 cards per minute and an output capacity of 125 cards per minute. Initially, Professor Bill Reuter (EE56) and Dr. Bill Hixson of the EE department directed the operations of the Computations Center. In the spring of 1964, SDSM&T President Partlo appointed a faculty committee to administer the Center. The committee consisted of six faculty members, including Professor Bill Reuter and Professor Paul Gnirk (MinE59), the latter being elected Chairman. These two faculty members created and first taught CC200, the computer course that began its existence during the academic year 1964-1965 and continued for many years thereafter. In early 1966, George Gladfelter was appointed fulltime Director of the Computations Center and served in that capacity for more than three decades. (Centennial – An Illustrated History 1885-1985, Publ. by SDSM&T, 1985, p. 109; The Hardrock, Vol. XXX, No. 5, 1964; The Hardrock, Vol. XXXII, No. 3, 1966). Correction: Last week’s ‘Reflections’ listed the year of the School of Mines Land Grant as 1989 instead of the correct 1889.
December 18, 2013 to January 13, 2014
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Offices closed December 24 & 25