Activities and Organizations

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Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

South Dakota Mines Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences students at South Dakota Mines formed the Weather Association in the spring of 2011. The purpose of this organization is to encourage increased knowledge of and interest in atmospheric science and meteorological phenomenon among its members. The organization is committed to community involvement through outreach and education programs aimed at individuals of all ages. Further, the organization is aimed at unifying students with interests in the atmospheric and earth sciences through group activities.

The Weather Club has been very active in both on- and off-campus events. They have coordinated  with the National Weather Service, the Black Hills Local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the South Dakota Climate Office, and the Brad Derby Agency - Farmers Insurance, to present various storm safety sessions to the public. The club has participated each year in the M-Week homecoming parade and the Parade of Trees contest, winning awards on several occasions. They also have given presentations to several area schools on weather science and safety. The group has also joined the "Adopt-a-Highway" program, selecting a stretch of Nemo Road to clean up. This outstanding group, although not large in numbers, has brought in hundreds of dollars in various charity events, such as the Circle K Food Drive and the Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Their "can do" attitude and willingness to help whenever needed, plus their creativity, make them a great asset to the South Dakota Mines community.

  • The group has plans for more activities, and you may visit their website by using the following link: South Dakota Mines Association Club or on Facebook. Membership is free and is open to students and members of the public alike. 
  • For updates on activity by the Club and interesting weather photos, visit the following links on Facebook and Twitter. Membership is free and is open to students and members of the public alike. With questions, contact the Club at
  • For more information and a statement of the club's mission, please visit: Weather Club.

Black Hills Chapter American Meteorological Society

Most all of our students are members of the BHAMS group, the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Members of this group are from the National Weather Service, South Dakota Mines, and local radio and TV stations. Visit their blogspot at

Civil Engineering

Extracurricular Activities

There's plenty to do at South Dakota Mines! Here are just a few examples:

ASCE chapter with concrete canoe

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Our ASCE chapter is very active and has many participants. Join us to build your engineering, teamwork, and leadership skills - and have fun doing it. (Photo right - ASCE team pilots concrete canoe.)

Center for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP)

Join CAMP to design, build, test, and compete in a variety of engineering challenges. CAMP is a hands-on engineering program in which you can demonstrate leadership and apply what you learn in class to real-world situations that involve fundraising, planning, deadlines, and international competitions.

Global Activities

CEE project in Chile

Engineers and Scientists Abroad (ESA):

Experience the adventure of international travel while helping others. ESA has projects based in Chile, Suriname, and other countries, and gives you the opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge to humanitarian efforts on a global scale.Photo right: ESA students in Mongolia in May 2014

CEE faculty have been involved in over 75 international projects and trips and are interested in using similar activities to help students gain professional experience in global engineering. ESA has since developed into a largely student-led organization with ongoing projects in regions all over the developing world. ESA students have engineered solutions for boarding schools, universities, medical clinics, orphanages, and conference centers that have improved the lives of over 1,500 people in developing countries. Other projects have included securing clean drinking water, site surveying, pollution abatement, high quality concrete, developing alternative energy sources, and providing water drainage. We encourage all students to include an international or cross-cultural engineering experience in their undergraduate studies at South Dakota Mines. These experiences lead to a broader understanding of the engineering profession and increased opportunities for challenging careers in the global engineering marketplace.

ESA students have the opportunity to earn credit from their work on projects abroad. CEE students have used international design activities for course credit in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America! Students are also encouraged to incorporate their ESA experience into their course of study by applying it to the Global Engineering Certificate. 

For more information, contact:
Suzi Aadland
Director, Ivanhoe International Center
Phone: (605) 394-6884