Mines News

Release Date Monday, April 15, 2019

Ralph Davis Named SD Mines VP of Research

Ralph Davis, Ph.D., has been selected as the new vice president of research at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


Ralph Davis, Ph.D., has been named the new vice president of research at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Davis will oversee the Office of Research Affairs, the arm of the university responsible for acquiring major grants, contracts, and research awards; fostering economic development and building community relationships; overseeing the work at 17 labs and research centers associated with the university; and supporting the culture of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship found at Mines.

“I’m very happy that Dr. Davis will join us at Mines. He brings a wealth of experience as both a dedicated scientist and a research administrator. His expertise will be a huge benefit to the university as we grow our research enterprise,” says Mines President Jim Rankin.

Davis comes to SD Mines from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he most recently served as the associate vice provost for research and innovation. His previous positions at the university include the geosciences department chair, director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center, and professor of geosciences. He completed his Ph.D. in hydrogeology in 1992 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

“I am thrilled to become part of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology team and look forward to actively engaging with faculty, staff, students and Mines extended partners. I felt a strong sense of community when I visited SDSM&T in February that will facilitate expanding research and economic development opportunities to meet critical goals for advancement as articulated in the Mines strategic plan. As a geologist, Rapid City and the Black Hills are a fantastic place to live and we are excited to finalize our move so we can begin to enjoy all the area has to offer,” says Davis.

Davis will begin the position on July 1 following the retirement of Jan Puszynski, Ph.D., who has had a long and distinguished career at the university.



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