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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 1999
STUDENTS COMPLETE ENGINEERING BRIDGE PROGRAM AT SDSM& T
Eight Native American students from five west river communities recently completed the Engineering Bridge Program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). The Program was a full week, residential academic program designed to provide entering Native American students with opportunities to learn about engineering as a career choice. The Program also focused on skill- building strategies to help 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 16- 20, 1999.
Students who participated in the program included: Charlotte Gonzalez ( Rapid City, Oglala Lakota College); Santiago Gusman ( Rapid City, SDSM& T); Hopa Haas ( Rapid City, Oglala Lakota College); Shane Herrod ( Oglala, Oglala Lakota College); Shaun Herrod ( Oglala, Oglala Lakota College); Justin Hooper ( Pine Ridge, SDSM& T); Robert Pille ( Manderson, Oglala Lakota College); Paul Zimiga ( Wanblee, Oglala Lakota College).
During the week- long program, SDSM& T faculty members introduced the Engineering Bridge students to various engineering disciplines as possible career paths. Participating faculty members included, Drs. Steven McDowell ( Chemistry & Chemical Engineering), Brian Hemmelman ( Electrical/ Computer Engineering), Michael Batchelder ( Electrical/ Computer Engineering), David Dixon ( Chemistry & Chemical Engineering), Donald Teets ( Mathematics & Computer Science), Wendell Hovey ( Civil & Environmental Engineering), and Dan Dolan ( Mechanical Engineering). Ms. Donna Neal ( Library) and Mr. Darrell Sawyer ( Career Planning) were also involved in the program.
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