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Rapid City, SD – A unique collaboration between South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) researchers, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Army Research Lab has resulted in a technology-driven manufacturing process that is changing the way metals are repaired and maintained. VRC Metal Systems was founded in 2013 by Rob Hrabe and Christian Widener after obtaining an exclusive license for the commercialization of a patent-pending innovation for a hand-held, high-pressure cold spray system. Located in Rapid City, VRC currently has 36 employees and is actively hiring additional staff with the goal of reaching 50…

October 21, 2016 BOOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) recently completed the first series of its 2016-2017 Educator Academy programs that provide professional development activities to encourage and support science fair participation among K-12 students. This fall’s SD EPSCoR Educator Academy series took place at six campuses across South Dakota throughout September and October engaging 45 middle and high school science teachers representing 33 school districts. The workshops were the first segment of the annual academy that focuses on providing teachers the knowledge, skills and tools to assist students in the development of…

–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– Brookings, SD — From biopharmaceutical companies that are leading the fight against disease to industry-leading electronics companies that light venues throughout world, South Dakota is home to hundreds of science and technology businesses thanks to a unique partnership of state government, higher education and the private sector. The result of this partnership was the South Dakota Science and Technology (S&T) plan, first created in 2010 at the request of Governor Mike Rounds. In 2013 Governor Dennis Daugaard tasked the SD EPSCoR Advisory Committee to update the plan to help guide and focus infrastructure development investments, as well…

South Dakota Receives US Small Business Administration FAST Grant (http://www.sdreadytowork.com/SD-FAST-GRANT.aspx) PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has been awarded a $125,000 FAST (Federal And State Technology) grant from the United State Small Business Administration (SBA) to support technology based entrepreneurs and commercialization of innovations. “The SBA FAST project is focused on developing management teams involving business and technical expertise to not only develop innovative new products but also bring them to market,” said GOED Commissioner Scott Stern. “Development and growth of these innovative new businesses will help to fuel continued growth of South Dakota’s economy.” With…

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Students, faculty and industry experts from institutions across the state gathered in Pierre, South Dakota July 31 – Aug. 1 to participate in the SD EPSCoR program’s third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium showcased summer research projects from more than 151 undergraduate students representing South Dakota’s public, private and tribal universities who participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) summer research programs. The symposium was first established in 2014 to bring together undergraduate students across the state to gain real-life research…