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April 22, 2004
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Tech To Dedicate M.A.P.S. Laboratory
South Dakota Tech will dedicate the Dow Corning Foundation Enhanced Materials, Automation, Processing, and Simulation (M.A.P.S) Laboratory during a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, in Room 209 of the Chemistry Building.
Anne DeBoer, director of the Dow Corning Foundation, will participate in the dedication, as will South Dakota Tech faculty, administrators and students. Tech invites the media to attend.
South Dakota Tech partnered with Dow Corning in an effort to keep up with the fast pace of changing industrial technology, and to better prepare students for success navigating in the industrial environment. The partnership resulted in Dow Corning Foundation awarding $200,000 for the M.A.P.S. Laboratory in the chemical engineering program. The laboratory represents an innovative and practical approach to chemical engineering education based in design, processing and testing of materials. Through laboratory experiences that build in complexity, students integrate experience in materials handling, pilot plant automation, process control and simulation software. The laboratory work will give students experiences and knowledge that can be readily applied as future industrial employees. “The addition of the Enhanced M.A.P.S. Laboratory to the chemical engineering curriculum has benefits that stretch beyond what we can measure,” Dr. David Dixon, associate professor of chemical engineering, said. “The future success of South Dakota Tech graduates at Dow Corning and industries worldwide depends on preparing future employees who can integrate theory and process simulation with innovative design skills and solid hands-on materials processing expertise.”
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