Raven is an active supporter of universities in our communities because we believe in helping students reach their full potential, particularly in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM). Each year, we sponsor senior design projects at universities such as South Dakota School of Mines and South Dakota State University that have the potential to make big impacts for both the students and the ag industry.
Raven-sponsored senior design projects are based upon what's happening within our organization, Engineering Manager Shane Swedlund said. The projects are intended to improve our systems and encourage collaboration between Raven team members and university students.
Once a project is underway, full-time Raven team members serve as technical advisors for the students involved. We typically sponsor two or three projects each year. The number of projects varies depending on availability of technical advisors, viable senior design project ideas, and student availability based on project interest.
At the end of the school year, students present to their professors and at competitions. Both SDSU and the School of Mines host an expo where students present the projects, and SDSU has a competition for students in engineering with judges and prizes. Students typically present their projects at Raven to give more information and to get more team members involved with the project going forward.
Senior design projects show Raven's commitment to growth and build connections between universities and our company. They also give our own team members the opportunity to work with students who might become interns or full-time team members later.