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Civil and Environmental Engineering e-News


Feb. 4, 2012
In This Issue
Message from the dept. head
Curriculum notes
Department news
Alumni news
Student opportunities

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Message from the CEE Department Head

Dr. Molly Gribb


This newsletter outlines important changes to our undergraduate curricula for the coming year, so please read it carefully and contact me or your advisor if you have any questions.


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To kick off RecycleMania 2012, the SDSM&T student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is sponsoring the first RecycleMania event - Grubby Day, Tuesday, February 7th.  We will be tracking the water usage in the Residence Halls and Surbeck Center to see if we can make a difference for a day.  Palmerton/Connolly Halls are in the last stages of LEED certification.  The soon-to-be LEED certified residence halls have been averaging 18-21 gallons per person per day during recent monitoring.  To compare, a normal family of four can use up to 400-gallons per day -  


Each Tuesday from 11-1 during Recyclemania (February 5 - March 31), we will have Go Green for Grubby Gold events in Hovens Hub - Surbeck Center.  Stop by the table in Hovens Hub and sign-up to win a chance at $25 of Grubby Gold by participating in the weekly theme.  ASCE will host the table this week for Grubby Day.  For more information on the weekly events, check out 


The CEE department and School of Mines welcome students, alumni, and company representatives to the Spring 2012 Career Fair - Thursday, February 9, from 11 am -4 pm - in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. 

Curriculum notes


As you may have heard, School of Mines students will be allowed to graduate in August or December 2012 following the new 130-credit curricula that were recently approved by the Board of Regents. You MUST be registered for a course during the regular summer (June 4-July 27, 2012) to graduate in August 2012, or be registered for a course in the fall semester to graduate in December 2012. You must also complete the application for graduation for August or December by February 17th, 2012.

The key changes for the BSCE degree requirements between the 130 credit and 136 credit curricula are: 1) Physical Education credits are no longer required, 2) an additional science or math elective is required, and 3) one fewer department approved elective is required. If you took IE 301 instead of IE 302, you will still meet the graduation requirements as long as you have enough total credits.

The key changes for the BS EnvE degree requirements between the 130 credit and 136 credit curricula are: 1) PE is no longer required, 2) CEE 425 is no longer required, 3) one technical elective is no longer required, and 3) EnvE 317 and EnvE 318 are now 3 credits (instead of 2), but this does not a pose a problem if you have accumulated 130 credits.

What you need to do: If you are graduating after December 2012, the 130-credit curriculum will be the most efficient path to graduation. So, we will move all students to the new 130-credit curricula, unless we hear from you. If you would prefer to stay with the 136-credit curriculum, you must send an e-mail to Lois Poehls in our department ( before Feb. 17th. 

The flowcharts for both BSCE curricula and the checklists for the BS EnvE curricula are available on our web site: The easiest way to chart your progress is to review your transcripts from Webadvisor and mark off all the courses you've taken so far on the flowchart/checklist.

Notes for BSCE students: If you took CEE 358, you may use CEE 357 as a department approved elective in either curriculum. Similarly, if you have taken both ME 221 and ME 211, you may count one of these as a department approved elective in the 130-credit curriculum. Finally, if you took CEE 368, you may use that in lieu of CEE 325 (which is now required) or as a department approved elective.

Notes for BSCE students with an environmental engineering emphasis: The degree requirements for the new environmental emphasis in the 130-credit BSCE curriculum are shown in the attached spreadsheet. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Questions? Please see your advisor.


Department news

Dr. Andrea Surovek recently edited a book entitled "Advanced analysis in steel design" that was published by ASCE. The book is the culmination of a committee effort led by Dr. Surovek to bring together years of research on advanced analysis into a set of practical guidelines for design engineers and specification writers. More information on the publication is available at

During her sabbatical in Australia last semester, Dr. Surovek gave invited presentations at the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales on the direct analysis method and advanced analysis for design of steel framing systems.


Dr. V. Ramakrishnan will participate in the ACI review panel to analyze papers submitted for the International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues to be held in Prague, Czech Republic in November 2012. 


Dr. Ramakrishnan presented a paper entitled "Development of New Construction Materials for Structural Use" at the International Conference on Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues held in Quito, Ecuador on January 6-13, 2012. 

CEE students, sophomore Brandon Dike (CEE, Norfolk, NE) and senior Caine Shagla (EnvE, Rapid City) were two of five students who received $1,000 scholarships from Fujitsu America, Inc. based on creative use of their university-issued Tablet PCs. Bradley O'Brien, computer support team leader at the School of Mines, chose recipients based on essays submitted by students as part of their application. Slater Ohm, senior client executive at Fujitsu America, presented the scholarships to students. Dr. Robert A. Wharton, president of the School of Mines and Bryan Schumacher (CSc89), director of information technology services also were on hand for the presentation. 

Rapid City and the Rushmore Mall welcomed Mines' students to demonstrate their racecar, robotics, and other engineering creations at the Rushmore Mall, on January 28 and 29, 2012. CAMP projects on display included the aero design, alternative fuel vehicle, chemical engineering car, concrete canoe, Formula SAE car, gaming development, HAM radio, human-powered vehicle, mini baja, robotics, steel bridge, supermileage SAE vehicle, and an unmanned aerial vehicle.  

Alumni news


Corey Haeder (BSCE 96, MSCE 97), chief engineer at Cretex Concrete Products West Inc., received the Merlin G. "IB" Spangler Award from ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe for his outstanding technical contributions to the committee. A member of ASTM International since 2003, Haeder also serves on Committees C09 on Concrete and concrete Aggregates and C27 on Precast Concrete Products.


Haeder joined Cretex in 1997 as an office engineerin Pierre, SD, transferred to Rapid City as Chief Engineer for Cretex West and assumed his current role in 2012 as Chief Engineer for the consolidated Cretex Concrete Products company. Haeder specializes in buried precast concrete drainage structures and bridges and was involved in a project that received the Montana Contractors' Association concrete Excellence Award for Technical Merit in 2010 (Source: ASTM International).
Corey Haeder

(Cory's family at the award ceremony: (L-R): Doug Evenstad, Jessica, Richard, Corey and Tyler Haeder and Trudy Evenstad)


The January 2012 SDSM&T Foundation newsletter has been published, and it has some great photos and stories about our alumni. Access the newsletter here:

Student opportunities


AGC Building Chapter's Associate Division sponsors the annual AGC Scholarship program. This year the Associate Division Board will be awarding five (5) $2,000 scholarships for the upcoming year.   The applications are being sent to high schools, secondary multi-district centers, technical institutes, SDSU, BHSU, and SDSM&T.  The deadline for submitting the scholarship applications is March 23, 2012. Questions should be directed to Dr. Ken Gifford, Workforce Development Coordinator, by mail at 2771 Plant St., Rapid City, SD  57702, by phone at 605-343-7744, or by email at  Applications are available online at

The Eno Center for Transportation is accepting fellowship applications for Summer 2012. This fellowship is designed to greater the professional development of transportation specialists. Successful applicants will gain further knowledge of transportation and infrastructure as well as an understanding of the U.S. policymaking process through the following: conducting research under the guidance of Eno's President and CEO; collaborating with transportation experts on publications; and assisting in the execution of programs conducted by Eno's Center for Transportation Leadership. Duration of the appointment is 10 weeks (start and end dates to be determined between successful candidate and Eno's President and CEO). Fellowship are awarded to bachelor's degree students working in transportation, engineering, housing, urban planning, or related degrees.  

Fellows will be paid a stipend of $2,000 per month. Submit application materials by March 16, 2012. Interviews will be held in early April.
Send cover letter, resume, scholarly writing sample, and references to Kyle Kingsbery at Applications can also be mailed to 1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20005.


Undergraduate Research Fellowship applications are invited from qualified and motivated undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) from all U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 10-week (June 03-August 10, 2012) summer research in interdisciplinary water sciences and engineering at Virginia Tech. U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply. The research program is funded through the National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program. The 10-week internship will begin on June 03, 2012 (arrival day) at Virginia Tech and end on August 10, 2012 (departure day: Aug. 10 or 11). The research internship includes a stipend of $450/week, subsistence costs (dormitory and most of the meals) and round trip travel expenses, limited to a maximum of $500 per person, to Virginia Tech.   We have already graduated 36 excellent undergraduate researchers from our site during 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Application materials, details of ten Research Mentors along with possible research projects and other program activities are posted on following website: The deadline for application submission is February 24, 2012. Successful applicants will be informed by March 12, 2012. Please contact Dr. Vinod K Lohani (phone: (540)231-9545; FAX: (540) 231-6903; E-mail: for questions.

The Nebraska Summer research Program is a quality, hands-on experience in an environment that fosters growth and advancement of student scholars.  Spend your summer at Nebraska experiencing close faculty mentoring, engaging research, and collaborative work.  Take advantage of this opportunity to develop important research and presentation skills that you will showcase in a research symposium. Enjoy seminars related to your field and attend workshops about applying to graduate school, preparing for the GRE, etiquette during interviews, and more. Have fun outside the lab on cultural excursions and other social and recreational activities.
Begin exploring the various research topics and projects offered this year by visiting our website at

The Environmental Engineering REU site at the University of Colorado - Boulder gives undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct an independent research project in the areas of water quality and treatment, air quality monitoring and control, acid mine drainage, ecological impacts of pollution, water resources, and the impacts of climate variability.
If you are interested in participating, you must fill out the application packet in its entirety and email the information as an attachment to: Official transcripts and 2 reference letters must also be submitted; see details in the application packet. Applications will be reviewed starting February 15, 2012, so you will optimize your chances of being selected if your application is received before this date.  
The Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida National Science Foundation (NSF) invite applications for an interdisciplinary research program in water resources from undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years, majoring in engineering or related fields in science and math. Selected students will conduct hands-on research projects for eight weeks, involving field/laboratory experiments, theory, and computer modeling. The students will be distributed across Florida during the program. This unique program combines research and extension experiences in water resources to help convey research results for better water management. Details of the program are available at: