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Science & Technology

From the tree-lined campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) to the mile-deep darkness of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, science and technology are center stage in the Rushmore Region.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

For more than 130 years, SDSMT has produced top-notch graduates in science and engineering academics and research, developing the next generation of problem solvers and future leaders. Whether it’s exploring the latest in robotics, computer programming, building a concrete canoe, or pushing the limits of 3D printing, their students have helped their institution evolve into one of the leading science and engineering universities in the country. Visit Site

David Lust Accelerator Building

In 2006, the Rapid City business incubator originally opened its doors on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. After receiving significant support from the community, state, and US Economic Development Administration, the David Lust Accelerator Building was constructed at 18 East Main.

Conveniently located between the SD Mines Campus and Downtown Rapid City, the DLAB is symbolic of the developing concept of an innovation district in Rapid City. As more companies like Property Meld grow in the region, the innovation district will create a community, connecting industry with the talented workforce graduating from SD Mines, Western Dakota Tech, Black Hills State University, Oglala Lakota College, and more.

The state of the art facility is 40,000 square feet of tenant space and meeting rooms – with the purpose of serving STEM-related startup companies. The goal of the DLAB is to provide new and existing small businesses with management assistance, cost-effective space, and a nurturing, professional environment.

Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF)

At the Sanford Lab, deep below the earth’s surface in Lead, scientists from around the world are working to unravel the mysteries of the universe. SURF supports world-leading research in particle and nuclear physics and other science disciplines. While it was still a gold mine, the facility hosted Ray Davis’s solar neutrino experiment, which shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics. Sanford Lab’s overall impact on the Rushmore Region economy totals nearly $200 million in spending since 2008 and includes a $28.1 million total annual budget. Sanford Lab’s dedication to science, research and development, and engineering, as well as its innovative approach to education, make it a world-leading science research facility. – Visit Site