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April 11, 2005
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School of Mines Forms Partnership With RESPEC
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and RESPEC have formed a
partnership that will create new research and development opportunities.
Tom Zeller, president of Rapid City-based RESPEC, and Dr. Charles Ruch,
president of the School of Mines, signed the agreement Monday.
“RESEC and the School of Mines have unique resources,” Zeller said. “This
agreement will allow us to jointly pursue larger projects that will bring more
research dollars into our community.”
“We are pleased to enter this partnership with RESPEC,” Ruch said. “It will allow
us to formally work together as partners on a variety of research projects.”
Both RESPEC and the School of Mines will be able to leverage the partnership
when applying for research grants. Those projects could allow RESPEC to grow
and will offer School of Mines students new opportunities to learn the skills future
employers want and need. The projects also will help the two investigate new
technologies and products.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with important businesses
and industry in our community to advance science and technology,” Ruch said.
RESPEC is an integrated consulting and services firm with about 110 full-time
employees and annual revenue of about $10 million. Since its founding in 1969,
RESPEC has remained committed to its original purpose of providing clients with
high-quality technical and advisory services. RESPEC currently has offices in
Rapid City, South Dakota; Albuquerque and Carlsbad, New Mexico; Rochester,
New York; and Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. www.respec.com
About the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology serves the people of South
Dakota as their technological university. Its mission is to provide a well-rounded
education that prepares students for leadership roles in engineering and science; to
advance the state of knowledge and application of this knowledge through research
and scholarship; and to benefit the state, region, and nation through collaborative
efforts in education and economic development. It is dedicated to being a leader in
21st Century education that reflects a belief in the role of engineers and scientists
as crucial to the advancement of society. www.sdsmt.edu
CUTLINE: Tom Zeller (left), president of RESPEC, and Dr. Charles Ruch,
president of the School of Mines, sign a memorandum of understanding
that forms a partnership between the company and university.
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