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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( August 26, 1998)
EAGLE BUTTE STUDENTS COMPLETE ENGINEERING BRIDGE PROGRAM AT SDSM& T
Conway Betone, Fabian Betone and Marcia LeClair of Eagle Butte recently completed the Engineering Bridge Program at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T). Twelve students from western South Dakota participated in the new program at SDSM& T.
The Engineering Bridge Program was a full week, residential academic program designed to provide entering Native American students with opportunities to learn more about engineering as a career choice. The program also focused on developing skill- building strategies that will help them succeed in college and complete an engineering degree.
Dr. Robb Winter, R. L. Sandvig Professor of Chemical Engineering, organized and ran the Engineering Bridge Program held on the SDSM& T campus the week of August 17- 21. Other students who participated in the Engineering Bridge Program were from Kyle, Midland, Pine Ridge, Porcupine and Wall.
During the week- long program, several SDSM& T faculty members introduced the Engineering Bridge students to various engineering disciplines as possible career paths. Participating faculty members included Dr. Dale Arrington, Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Robert Corey, Assistant Professor of Physics; Dr. Zbigniew Hladysz, Chair and Professor of Mining Engineering; Dr. Wendell Hovey, Chair and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Jon Kellar, Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering; Dr. Jan Puszynski, Professor of Chemical Engineering; and Dr. Larry Simonson, Chair and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Also making presentations to the students were Cindy Davies, Associate Catalog Librarian, Devereaux Library; Jack Hunter, Director of Career Planning and Cooperative Education; and Rick MacDonald, Help Desk Supervisor, Instructional Technology Services.
For additional information about the Engineering Bridge Program, contact Dr. Robb Winter at 394- 1237 or via email at rwinter@ silver. sdsmt. edu.
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