Andrea E. Surovek (2003)

Director of Faculty Development/Research Scientist IV

Mechanical Engineering (ME)


B.A., B.S., Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

LIB 306 (campus map)
Research Expertise

Research Areas: Biomimicry in Structural and Architectural Engineering Stability of Steel Members and Framing Systems Design Methods for Structural Steel Engineering Pedagogy: Creativity, Problem Solving and Mentoring

Brief Bio

Dr. Andrea Surovek, P.E. received her PhD from Georgia Tech, and holds multiple degrees in engineering and liberal arts from Purdue University. She is a Fellow of both ASCE and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. She became the first female honored with an ASCE/SEI senior merit award for technical contributions with recipe of the 2016 ASCE Winter Award. She was also the first female to serve on the Executive Committee of the Structural Stability Research Council in its 70 year history. She is the recipient of the ASEE Seely Fellowship and the Beer and Johnston New Mechanics Educator Award. She was recognized on campus with the SDSMT Ennenga Award for outstanding campus teaching. Dr, Surovek founded and chairs the ASCE technical committee on Bioinspired Structures. She previously chaired the ASCE/SEI Technical Administrative committee on Metals. She is also the founder and executive director of Music Adds Up, a local nonprofit that provides grants to Rapid City Area elementary school music teachers and programs.