Recruiting Students for Employment

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Student Recruitment

Undergraduates, usually at the senior level, and graduate students at both the masters and doctoral levels, participate in research with CBERD.  They are actively involved in research, presentations, poster sessions, and attend all industrial meetings.  They are recruited for summer employment, internships, and full time employment upon graduation.  Participating industries have a clear advantage with evaluating and recruiting the best students from around the country.

Engineering Tops List Of Hardest Jobs To Fill.

Forbes (6/4, Weiss) reports, “For the second year in a row, engineer is the hardest job to fill in America,” according to the staffing firm Manpower. The reason, said Larry Jacobson, executive director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, is that “we have whole generations of people loving liberal arts, not going into science and math.” Jacobson “anticipates a shortage of engineers into the foreseeable future” which he attributes, in part, to the fact that “the federal stimulus program is hastening the rebuilding of America’s highways, bridges and tunnels, and the refitting of buildings to be more sustainable, which is making the demand for engineers soar. Also, the demand for new sustainable energy sources such as wind farms is increasing too. Meanwhile, the profession’s most experienced workers are retiring in droves.” Jacobson noted that “companies are looking to replace more than half of their engineers over the next eight years, because baby boomers are retiring,” while the “75,000 engineers being trained annually” at US engineering schools “won’t come close to making up the shortage.”


With five universities involved across the country engaged in bioenergy and bioprocessing research  there are over 150 students at the senior and graduate levels associated with the center.  Contact the executive director or any of the university site directors for further information on recruitment of graduating students well versed in the bioenergy area.


The coordinating site for this multi-university center is located at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, South Dakota  57701