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May 4, 2001
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Dow Corning Foundation Gives $ 50,000 to Tech
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology alumni Doug Aldrich, now Dow Corning’s Global Manager of Laboratory Facilities, presented a $ 50,000 check to Tech on Friday.
The money is the second installment of the $ 200,000 the Dow Corning Foundation has pledged to Tech. Tech’s Chemical Engineering program is using the money to create the Enhanced M. A. P. S. ( Materials, Automation, Processing, and Simulation) Laboratory.
The grant funds an innovative and practical approach to Chemical Engineering education. The laboratory will focus on the design, processing, and testing of materials. Through laboratory experiences that build in complexity, students will learn about materials handling, pilot plant automation, process control and simulation.
“ It is not just the lab that is going to be beneficial,” Aldrich said. “ It is really tying together all the course work, labs, and independent research. Getting the professors and students really collaborating on this is what is going to make this M. A. P. S. lab an absolute step change in how schools prepare their engineers for the future. I am just glad that Tech is one of these making these changes. This is looking forward to a very bright future for both the School of Mines and Dow Corning.”
What students will learn in the laboratory will enable them to hit the ground running when they enter industry. The experiments students will perform parallel the work being done in industry today.
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