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South Dakota Mines’ Department of Electrical Engineering has received $150,000 from Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) to support the university’s new minor in avionics. The gift endows a Raven Aerostar scholarship to support students in the avionics program. It also allows the department to buy equipment for improved design, test and prototyping capabilities for high-speed electronic circuits needed in aircraft and space avionics applications.

Congratulations to Dora Johnson, Senior Facility Security Officer, on winning the October Team Member Spotlight! Dora recently submitted several key security control documents and continues to go above and beyond in securing security clearances, enabling us to continue to do classified work with our defense customers.

Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) has acquired intellectual property (IP) and patents from Loon, LLC (formerly known as Project Loon), a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. and the developer of an autonomous constellation of high-altitude balloons for communications. In January, Alphabet announced the wind down of Loon. The 176 assets acquired by Raven are directly related to stratospheric balloon technology, including balloon navigation, launching operations and balloon manufacturing.

This summer, 62 interns worked at Raven, making up one of the largest intern classes in company history. Raven’s robust internship program gives students a chance to make meaningful impacts on our technologies and our culture in a welcoming environment. Read more about the successful summer.