Dakota State University Cyber ​​Research Lab is moving forward

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The Board of Regents on Thursday approved Dakota State University’s acquisition of real estate to build the DSU Applied Research Lab in Sioux Falls.

Industry and college leaders have said the new lab will establish South Dakota as a cyber state and help more graduate students stay home and work in South Dakota.

16 acres of land near the Sanford Sports Complex on the north side of Sioux Falls donated by Sanford Health will be the future home of the lab. The facility is scheduled to open by fall 2025 and could support up to 500 full-time positions in cyber research and cyber security.

This new $90 million facility was funded with $50 million over five years by T. Denny Sanford, as determined by Senate Law 130 of 2022; $10 million from the City of Sioux Falls; $250,000 from Forward Sioux Falls; and $30 million from the state as determined by Senate Bill 54 of 2022.

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The board also approved the formation of the DSU Applied Research Corporation (DSU-ARC), a not-for-profit research park corporation with the Board of Regents as the sole member who will appoint a board to govern DSU-ARC.

Founders of the new DSU-ARC are DSU President José-Marie Griffiths and BOR General Counsel Nathan Lukkes. The first board of DSU-ARC consists of Griffiths, Lukkes, Miles Beacom, Andrea Thompson and Sara Venhuizen.

This pile of dirt southwest of the Sanford Sports Complex is the future location of Dakota State University's Applied Research Laboratory in Sioux Falls.  The future location as pictured on January 26, 2022.

New courses are approved

In other regular business, the board approved several applications for new academic pathways, including:

  • A request from Black Hills State University to offer a specialization in Health Services Administration as part of the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
  • A request from Northern State University to offer a Master of Science degree in Education online.
  • A request from the University of South Dakota to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at USD-Sioux Falls.
  • A request from USD for an accelerated path to earning the master’s degree in social work from the bachelor’s degree in sociology to allow students in this program to extend their education to five years.
  • An academic collaboration agreement between South Dakota Mines and the University of Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain, allowing for joint research, faculty collaboration, and student, faculty, and staff exchanges.
  • An academic collaboration agreement between the USD and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Jena, Germany, allowing for joint research, faculty collaboration, and student, faculty, and staff exchanges.
  • Approval for South Dakota State University to purchase a used 2015 or newer Piper Seminole aircraft for the Aviation Education program with $600,000 of program funds. The 193-student program currently includes 15 aircraft.
  • A request for USD to plan full proposals for a future board meeting to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology.
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