Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Surovek Named American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 11, 2017) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology research scientist and recognized expert in the stability of steel-framing systems Andrea Surovek, Ph.D., has been named an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow.

After serving 11 years on the civil engineering faculty, Surovek is currently a SD Mines research scientist and program director for EPICS, a new service-learning program that combines multidisciplinary design projects with community service. She created the university’s steel bridge team in 2003. She has served as the team’s advisor ever since. She also helped establish the first program for Women in Science and Engineering at Mines in 2004.

Surovek is currently leading an initiative to bring bio-inspired design into structural engineering research and practice. Her research examines termite mounds as a potential model for sustainable structural forms, integrating functions of strength, stability and ventilation. She recently organized a new technical committee for ASCE/SEI on bio-inspired structures and is serving as committee chair.

Recently Surovek received the ASCE George Winter Award in recognition of her achievements as an active structural engineering researcher and educator. The award is presented to those who best typify the late Winter’s humanistic approach to his profession, that is, an equal concern for matters technical and social, for art as well as science, and for soul as well as intellect. In addition to her work as an engineer, Surovek is the founding director of Music Adds Up, a nonprofit that provides grants to elementary school music instructors, recognizing the beneficial influence music has on the development of mathematic and scientific skills. 

Surovek also co-developed the approach known as the direct analysis method. It is the preferred process for steel stability assessment in the ANSI/AISC 360 Specification. She is coauthor of the textbook Structural Stability of Steel: Concepts and Applications for Structural Engineers and has authored more than 60 technical publications.

Surovek has been active with ASCE and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), having served as chair of the SEI Technical Committee on Structural Members as well as chair of the Technical Administrative Committee on Metals. Additionally, she has been an associate editor for the Journal of Structural Engineering since 2008, and was a guest editor on the special issue “Commemorating 10 Years of Research since 9/11.” She also completed distinguished service activities with the Structural Stability Research Council, serving as the only woman elected to the executive committee in the organization’s history.

Surovek leverages her passion for, and bachelor’s in, theater by promoting and personally participating in numerous theatrical productions, helping to support local theatre in her community. 

She earned her two bachelor’s and a master’s from Purdue University and her doctorate from Georgia Tech.

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

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