Innovative Systems Donates $500,000 to SDSMT Scholarships

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RAPID CITY, SD (January 25, 2022) — Innovative Systems, LLC, located in Mitchell, SD, has gifted $500,000 to South Dakota Mines for the establishment of the Innovative Systems/Alpine Investors Scholarship.

Scholarships like this provide critical support for the next generation of scientists and engineers at Mines who will help solve society’s most pressing problems.

Children of Innovative Systems employees who attend South Dakota Mines will be the first to benefit from this fund, followed by students from the Mitchell, SD, region. Students must study electrical engineering, computer science, or computer engineering and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. to qualify for the scholarship.

Roger Musick, Founder of Innovative Systems, LLC, is a Mines alumnus who graduated in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering. Musick partnered with Alpine Investors in 2020 to further grow the company and enhance economic development in the region. Through this gift, these companies are investing in local South Dakota communities and providing pathways for students focused on technology and science to earn a degree and stay in South Dakota.

Rural communities need greater access to tools, technology, and talent. Graduates of South Dakota Mines are in-demand leaders who are often enthusiastic to find employment at South Dakota companies like Innovative Systems.

“Connecting rural communities is core to our mission at Innovative Systems. This gift will enable young talent to stay close to home while helping to bridge the digital divide. We are proud of the communities we serve and wanted to create an opportunity for students in towns like Mitchell to thrive,” says Ali Jenab, Innovative Systems CEO.

“This visionary gift to the university will help ensure a constant pipeline of bright, young graduates who are eager and willing to help grow our state. This partnership between Innovative Systems and South Dakota Mines will drive economic opportunities forward in places like Mitchell and beyond,” says Mines President Jim Rankin.



Mike Ray
Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications

About Innovative Systems
Innovative Systems is an enterprise software solution that enables service providers to seamlessly manage their business, deliver modern network services, and reduce operating costs. Innovative Systems core products include eLation™, a market-leading Billing & Operations software, InnoStream™ Multi-Generation TV (MG-TV), a streaming Video solution, and APMax™, a hardware and software Voice over IP (VoIP) platform. Based in Mitchell, South Dakota, Innovative Systems is proud to support connectivity across the country, including delivering outstanding service to its Telecom, Cable, Municipality, Power, and Utility customers and their constituents. For more information, please visit

About South Dakota Mines
Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,475 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat.