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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( December 20, 1999)
DOW CORNING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MAJOR GRANT FOR
M. A. P. S. LABORATORY TO SDSM& T
The Dow Corning Foundation, based in Midland, MI, recently announced that the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology would receive a $ 200,000 Grant to establish the Dow Corning Enhanced M. A. P. S. Laboratory for the Chemical Engineering program. Anne DeBoer, Executive Director of the Dow Corning Foundation, contacted the University with the news that the Dow Corning Foundation Board of Directors approved the grant to SDSM& T, allocated over the next four years. “ We are pleased to work with SDSM& T to improve the practical, hands- on educational experiences that prepare chemical engineers for work in industry,” said DeBoer.
The Dow Corning Foundation exists, consistent with their namesake’s vision and values, “ to make grants in specific areas of interest that result in sustainable improvements in facilities, programs and services ... for society at large.” The Dow Corning Enhanced M. A. P. S. Laboratory grant, ( M. A. P. S. for Materials, Automation, Processing and Simulation) represents the cornerstone funding for an innovative and practical approach to Chemical Engineering laboratory experiences at SDSM& T focused on design, processing, and testing of materials.
“ Our faculty is dedicated to realizing this vision of a new learning experience,” said Dr. Jim Munro, Interim Dean for the College of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering. “ This grant provides the direction and momentum for an educational journey that ultimately benefits all our educational partners.” Representing one of a limited number of grants in the nation from the Dow Corning Foundation’s 2000 giving program, this grant recognizes their commitment to enhancing the longstanding relationship between Dow Corning and SDSM& T.
Dow Corning has recruited graduates from SDSM& T for more than forty- five years, and has been the top employer of Tech’s Chemical Engineering graduates for the past ten years. School of Mines graduates continue to excel in all areas of Dow Corning.
In order to continue providing new employees who are prepared to navigate a constantly changing industrial environment, the Chemical Engineering graduates from SDSM& T must be exposed to state- of - the- art equipment, computer control technologies, and meaningful laboratory experiences. The M. A. P. S. Laboratory will include a central operations control room for the Chemical Engineering laboratory and three innovative open- ended hands- on design experiments.
- more - Dr. Dave Dixon, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, notes that the future success of Tech graduates at Dow Corning “ depends on preparing employees who can integrate theory and process simulation with innovative design skills and solid hands- on materials processing expertise.”
“ We are grateful for the very generous support which the Dow Corning Foundation is providing to South Dakota Tech. Their decision reflects Tech’s national reputation as a top- notch science and engineering institution that offers the disciplines and the type of quality graduates that Dow Corning is seeking,” said SDSM& T President Gowen. “ This grant marks a new level in our partnership with Dow Corning, while providing an outstanding educational experience for students at South Dakota Tech.”
Jim Chittick, Corporate Vice President of Supply Chains for Dow Corning joined Dr. Gowen, and SDSM& T faculty and staff, for this announcement on Friday, December 17, following a reception on campus for seniors graduating at Saturday’s 140th Commencement ceremonies. Mr. Chittick – a native of Aberdeen, SD – is an alumnus of South Dakota Tech, graduating in 1963 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is one of many SDSM& T graduates employed by Dow Corning, and he is “ thrilled to see this level of commitment from the Dow Corning Foundation to his alma mater.” Mr. Chittick was in Rapid City to be honored along with four other graduates with this year’s SDSM& T Distinguished Alumni Award at the commencement ceremony on Saturday.
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Photo from left to right:
Dr. M. Steven McDowell, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Dr. Karen Whitehead, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Richard Gowen, President; Dr. David Dixon, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; James Chittick, Corporate Vice President of Supply Chains for Dow Corning; and Dr. James Munro, Interim Dean, College of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
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