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September 23, 2003
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Donation Benefits Biochemical Engineering Students
A $10,000 donation from a leader in the ethanol industry will support biochemical engineering students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The donation from the Broin Companies, based in Sioux Falls, will provide 10 scholarships to Tech students pursuing the biochemical engineering curriculum.
At its most basic, biochemical engineering is the application of chemical engineering to biological systems. Biochemical engineers work in the ethanol industry, design biological systems for environmental remediation, engineer improvements to pharmaceuticals, and work in other areas that combine biochemistry, microbiology, and chemical engineering.
The Broin Companies have become the leader in the ethanol industry. Starting from a small, farm-scale plant on the Broin family farm near Kenyon, Minn., the firm has developed into a design, construction, management and marketing company offering turnkey ethanol facilities to investors.
"I am proud that the Broin Companies have seen the value of supporting the growth of the biochemical engineering program at South Dakota Tech," Frank Blaine, senior process engineer for Broin and Associates, said. Blaine graduated from Tech in 1987 with a Chemical Engineering degree. "An education in biochemical engineering could keep some of South Dakota's engineering graduates in state instead of exporting this talent to other regions of the country. Support and development of the biochemical engineering program at South Dakota Tech has a potential ripple effect of promoting growth throughout rural America in value-added agriculture."
Steve Lewis, director of research and process development for Broin & Associates, agreed.
"South Dakota Tech is trying to provide the type of student we will need tomorrow," he said. "This, in our minds, is a very good thing for South Dakota and the Midwest. If Broin & Associates continues to grow and innovate in the fuel and value-added agricultural processing field, everyone will benefit from our investment at South Dakota Tech."
The scholarships will be awarded during the current and 2004-2005 academic years. #30#
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