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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Cardiovascular mechanics/pathology/devices, biomaterials, computational biomedical engineering, or rehabilitation engineering/assistive technology to the creation of new knowledge and applications.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Compressed and super critical fluids,
combustion synthesis and densification inorganic material. Ethanol bioprocessing. Polymers, membranes, rubber recycling, Biotechnology, bioprocessing, microbial processes, green chemistry, nano-engineering, and molecular modeling.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

High performance concrete and
reinforced concrete, friction stir welded structures, advanced composities materials, fiber reinforced polymer materials, repair and strengthening of structures, watershed and water quality modeling, ecohydraulics, environmental assessment, BioGeo Chemistry, environmental remediation and reclamation, asphalt recycle.

Computer Science

Database design, including data warehousing and data mining. Image processing, signal processing, and computer vision. Pattern recognition with applications to remote sensing. Neural networks and machine learning. Distributed and parallel computing. Expert systems. Computer networks. Cryptography and security. Performance monitoring of secured internet services. Quality of service on the internet.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Applied electromagnetics, electromagnetic materials, antennas, microwave circuits, direct-write printing of electromagnetic devices, signal and image processing, pattern recognition, neural networks, fuzzy logic, FPGA-based computationally intelligent architectures, robotics and unmanned vehicles, and real-time and embedded computer systems.

Geology & Geological Engineering

Ground water modeling and contamination.
Environmental site evaluations.
Abandoned mines and water quality.
Aquifer protection. Surface-water and ground-water drainage at a superfund site.

Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

High Temperature Extractive Metallurgy
Interfacial Phenomena in Materials Engineering, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Hydrometallurgy.

Mechanical Engineering

Intelligent controls, robotics, advanced materials processing, computational mechanics, micromechanics, advanced vibrations and smart structures, cardiovascular engineering, and tissue mechanics.

Mining Engineering and Management

Computerized geoscience modeling in Mining and Geology


Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite materials, photo-activated nano-inks for direct write applications, nano-energetic materials, polymer chemistry, theory of spintronic devices, and structural and optical characterization of nano-materials for solar energy, bio-fuels, and other forms of renewable energy.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

Dispersion and Alignment of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes In Ceramic Slurries by Pot Milled Method.
Design of a Calorimeter for Experimental Determination of Effective Absorptivity of Metal Substrates During Laser Power Deposition.
Direct Write Laboratory for Mesoscale Materials Research and Fabrication.
Development of Functionally Graded Materials for Manufacturing Tools and Dies and Industrial Processing Equipment.
Characterization of Novel Soft Magnetic Material deposited with M3D Technology.
Simulation of Laser Glazing using FEM
Laser Ultrasonic Detection of Defects in Laser Powder Deposition (LPD). Fabricated Materials.
Assessing the Environmental Effects of Processing with Nanoparticles.
The Application of Laser Powder Deposition for Repair and Manufacturing of DoD Components.
Dispersion and Alignment of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Ceramic. Slurries by Pot Milling Method.
Characterization of a Conductive Silver Ink Deposited with Maskless Mesoscale Material Deposition (M3D).
Thermal Stability of Refractory Alloys. Deposited on H13 by Laser Powder Deposition.
Biomedical Applications of Direct Write Technology.
Formula SAE Laser Deposited Titanium Uprights.
Wear Testing of Laser Deposited Materials.

Arbegast Center for Friction Stir Processing

State of the art ultrasonic spot welding and virtual reality joining equipment.

Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Lab

Friction Stir Welding and Direct Laser Deposition, state of the art ultrasonic spot welding, pulsed fusion, and virtual reality joining equipment

Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development

The CBRD focuses on developing the fundamental understandings and technologies to convert lignocellulose (or biomass) to fuels and key building block chemicals. The research foci of the CBRD include pretreatment, conversion, extremophiles, separations, and process simulation and economic analysis.

Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory

CAPE provides expertise and facilities that have created the first monocot body for the Human Powered Vehicle, the unified inverted wing under-carriage for the Formula SAE race car, the wing structures for this years first place SAE Aero team, and the sub-vehicle for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, to name a few. CAPE plays a critical role in supporting polymer and composite research and innovation. For example, faculty and students are investigating advanced nanocomposites, protective face gear for soldiers, low thermal coefficient of expansion composites and new in-situ sensors for the health monitoring of composite structures.

Engineering and Mining Experiment Station

The mission of the Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES) is to provide analytical and technical services for students and faculty at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as well as for off-campus clients in the public and private sectors. Principle facilities include scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. In addition to providing a variety of analytical services, EMES maintains and upgrades analytical facilities, develops new analytical methods, and offers training courses to both the campus and industrial community on the use of EMES laboratories.

Experimental and Computational Mechanics Laboratory

The Computational Mechanics Laboratory CML) was established to provide the basic infrastructure required to promote, support, and perform, academic and research activities in the field of computational mechanics at the School of Mines. The CML (built as an addition to the Civil/Mechanical Engineering Building) started its operation in January 2006 and provides much needed space for a variety of high-end computing activities. The lab supports both state-of-the-art computer hardware and software, providing School of Mines students access to the modeling capability used in industry. The lab houses specialized computer laboratories, classrooms, office space, one visualization room, a small meeting room, and a computer server room. Drs. Karim Muci and Michael Langerman, both in the mechanical engineering department, are co-directors of the lab.