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Mines Surovek named fellow of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute
Release Date Friday, January 24, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 24, 2014) – Andrea Surovek, Ph.D., associate professor and William V. Coyle professor of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). Surovek joined the department at the School of Mines in 2003 after receiving her master’s from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

This prestigious award recognizes a select group of distinguished SEI members as leaders and mentors in the structural engineering profession. Surovek was awarded for her extensive leadership in the technical activities of the organization, most recently serving as the chair of the Technical Administrative Committee on Metals, overseeing the activities of eight other technical committees. SEI is a sub-community within ASCE that holds more than 20,000 structural engineering members. It helps support the needs of the structural engineering community while working on bettering the shape of the entire civil engineering community.

Surovek has more than fifty publications in the areas of structural engineering and engineering education. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC) and is an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, a premier journal in the field. She is the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, the Mines Bernard Ennenga Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SSRC Vinnakota Award and the ASEE Seeley Fellowship.

Surovek and other 2014 SEI Fellows will be recognized April 5 at the SEI Structures Congress in Boston.


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