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Release Date Friday, November 2, 2018

SD Mines Names New Interim Head of Mathematics

Travis Kowalski, Ph.D., the new interim head of the Department of Mathematics at SD Mines.


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has named mathematics and computer science professor Travis Kowalski, Ph.D., the new interim head of the Department of Mathematics.

The University recently announced that in the fall of 2019, it is reorganizing existing departments – the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will become the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Kowalski will be instrumental in guiding the transition through the reorganization. 

Dr. Kowalski takes over from current department head Kyle Riley, Ph.D., who is stepping down from the position but will continue to teach at SD Mines. 

“Dr. Kowalski is an excellent choice to take up the reins of this important department,” says SD Mines Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Demitris Kouris, Ph.D. “He has taught at Mines since 2004 and developed a reputation as a talented teacher and leader. We are grateful for Dr. Riley’s distinguished service as department head and for his decision to remain at Mines as a tenured associate professor. Our math department is in good hands.”

The official change will take place on December 22, 2018, when Dr. Kowalski assumes the office of department head. “I’m excited for this new challenge,” says Kowalski. “We have a strong math program here at Mines, and I look forward to leading the program into the future.”



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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,475 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

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