Jan A Puszynski (1991)

Vice President for Research

Research Affairs


M.S., Technical University, Wroclaw, Poland
Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czechoslovakia


(605) 394-2493
OH 102 (campus map)
Research Expertise

Dr. Puszynski's expertise is in: - Design of chemical installations - Reaction engineering - Synthesis and processing of advanced ceramics - Formation and functionalization of nanopowders - Energetics materials, including nanothermites, pyrotechnic devices, propellants, and percussion primers - Mathematical modeling of nonlineal and reactive systems

Brief Bio

Dr. Puszynski received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in 1980. In 1982, he joined Chemical Engineering Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY where he worked as a visiting assistant professor and later as a research professor for 9 years. In 1991, he joined the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) as a faculty member. During his tenure at SDSM&T, he worked as a full professor of chemical engineering, college dean, and recently in April 2014 he was appointed as Vice President for Research. During his professional career, he supervised numerous graduate M.S. and Ph.D. students, who presently work in industry and academia. Professor Puszynski has published extensively and he is a co-author of several patents. Also, he received several national and international awards.


Dr. Puszynski has over 40 years of teaching experience in chemical engineering and materials science. Courses taught: - Materials and Energy Balances - Thermodynamics - Numerical Methods - Computer Programming - Process Dynamics and Mathematical Modeling - Mass Transfer - Heat Transfer - Separation Processes - Reaction Kinetics - Chemical Plant Design - Ceramic and Composites - Nanotechnology

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