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
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.