South Dakota: A state with huge manufacturing potential

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

When people visualize the next hot-spot for a high-tech manufacturing boom, a small rural state such as South Dakota might not be what be comes to mind. But it should.

In South Dakota, a symbiosis of leaders in education, business and state and local governments is harmonising to educate the next generation of savvy high-tech leaders and connect this eager talent pool to a new breed of companies that are changing the face of technological and manufacturing industries.

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) provides a talented group of hard-working scientists and engineers. Founded in Rapid City, S.D., in 1885, the university specialises in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and research. On average, the small school enrolls about 2,600 students, which is larger than engineering departments at many universities. SD Mines has a student-to-faculty ratio of about 15:1. The school boasts job placement of more than 97% and an average beginning salary of more than US$61,300. Beyond this, the university gets a high return on research investment, with a faculty that is three times more inventive than the national average.

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