Ralph K. Davis (2019)

Vice President for Research

Research Affairs


B.S., University of Nebraska
M.S., University of Nebraska
Ph.D., University of Nebraska



Ascent Innovation Building 137 (campus map)
Brief Bio

Ralph Davis is Vice President for Research at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a Professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. Prior to coming to South Dakota Mines, Ralph was the Associate Vice Provost for Research and Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas. Ralph served as Chair of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas for eight years (2008-2016), and prior to that he served seven years as Director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center (2001-2008), one of the 54 National Institutes for Water Resources. He earned degrees in geology and hydrogeology from the University of Nebraska. During his time at the University of Arkansas, he taught courses ranging from large lecture introductory geology to groundwater modeling at the graduate level. Ralph’s research has focused on aspects of physical and chemical hydrogeology. Ralph is a fellow in the Geological Society of America and was awarded a Distinguished Service award by the Hydrogeology Division of GSA in 2005.