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( September 8, 1998)
SDSM& T TO PARTICIPATE IN 1998 SOUTH DAKOTA EPSCOR CONFERENCE
Thirty faculty, graduate students and administrators from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) will participate in the 1998 South Dakota EPSCoR ( Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Conference being held Friday, September 11, at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Officials from the National Science Foundation ( NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) will meet with research faculty from SDSM& T, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota during the conference to describe their agency’s programs and research funding opportunities.
The EPSCoR program in South Dakota is a three- way partnership among the National Science Foundation, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and South Dakota's three research universities ( SDSM& T, SDSU, and USD) designed to enhance the state's scientific research competitiveness. South Dakota is one of 18 states that currently participates in the national EPSCoR program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, EPSCoR promotes scientific research and development by utilizing a state’s academic science and technology resources. Dr. Royce C. Engstrom, Professor of Chemistry at USD, serves as Project Director of the South Dakota EPSCoR program.
SDSM& T participants and their respective departments are as follows: Michael Connell, Materials & Metallurgical Engineering ( Materials/ MetE); Sheryl Cossins, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering ( Chem/ ChE); Dr. William Cross, Materials/ MetE; Dr. Arden Davis, Geology & Geological Engineering ( Geol/ GeoE); Denis Demchenko, Physics; Dr. David Dixon, Chem/ ChE; Dr. Edward Duke, Engineering & Mining Experiment Station; Anthony Egan, Chem/ ChE; Dr. Sherry Farwell, Dean of Graduate Education and Research; Heather Ferguson, Physics; Dr. Richard Gowen, President of SDSM& T; Dr. Kenneth Han, Materials/ MetE; Brian Hemmelman, Physics; Dr. Mark Hjelmfelt, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences ( IAS); Christopher Johnson, Geol/ GeoE; Farrah Johnson, Materials/ MetE; Dr. Jon Kellar, Materials/ MetE; Ravindra Kharde, Chem/ ChE; Patrick Kozak, Geol/ GeoE; Dr. Mike Langerman, Mechanical Engineering; Haining Liu, Chem/ CheE; Kata McCarville, Director of Instructional Technology Services; Cheryl Naus, Geol/ GeoE; Jim Niggemann, Physics; Dr. Larry Stetler, Geol/ GeoE; Dr. Cathleen Webb, Chem/ ChE; Dr. Karen Whitehead, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Robb Winter, Chem/ ChE; Xiaodong Zhang, Chem/ ChE; and Dr. Patrick Zimmerman, IAS.
Additional information about the South Dakota EPSCoR program is available on its web site at www. usd. edu/ epscor. For additional information about SDSM& T’s participation in the EPSCoR Conference, contact Dr. Sherry Farwell, SDSM& T Dean of Graduate Education & Research, at 394- 2493.
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