Office of the President

Welcome to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology!

Puszynski, JanJan Puszynski became the School of Mines interim president in May 2017 when former president Heather Wilson was confirmed by the US Senate as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force.

Dr. Puszynski is not new to the university. He has been educating undergraduate and graduate students at SD Mines for nearly 26 years, joining the faculty in 1991 as a professor of chemical engineering. During his tenure in Rapid City, he has established a national and international reputation in materials research and received several multi-million-dollar research awards.

Since 1996, Puszynski has been the principal investigator on several research and development projects funded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center and other Department of Defense organizations. His expertise is in reaction engineering, energetic materials, materials science, and mathematical modeling of reactive systems.

Prior to his time at School of Mines, Puszynski worked as a research professor in the chemical engineering department at State University of New York at Buffalo. His undergraduate and master’s degrees in chemical engineering are from the Technical University in Wroclaw, Poland. His Ph.D. in chemical engineering was awarded by the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague.

A presidential search process at School of Mines is underway. Contingent on a successful search, a new president will be appointed this fall to begin duties on or around January 1, 2018.

 “My goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible and most importantly to continue to support student success, retention, and recruitment and to make sure faculty and staff have the resources they need to continue to do the excellent work this university is known for. I will be president only for a little while, but during the coming months I will strive to continue the excellent work and programs started by past President Heather Wilson and to pave the way for new leadership at this university,” stated Puszynski.  


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