Jul 20, 2019  
2015-2016 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Information


Dr. Heather Wilson, Eighteenth President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


SDSM&T Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities

Our vision for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is to be recognized as a world-class technological university.

Our mission is to prepare leaders in engineering and science; to advance knowledge and its application, and to serve the state of South Dakota, our region, and the nation.

Our Strategic Priorities to be achieved by 2020:


Student Success: Prepare more undergraduate students for leadership in engineering and science


Research: Increase research to prepare science and engineering experts, advance knowledge, and catalyze economic development


Facilities: Redevelop and expand needed living, learning, and research spaces.


People: Recruit, develop, and retain excellent faculty and staff.


Administration: Responsibly steward financial and physical resources.


Development: Establish a robust culture of philanthropy to enable the university to sustain excellence.

2015-2016 Academic Year

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is one of six universities operating under the authority assigned by the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to the nine member Board of Regents. The mission of the university is established by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota with programs and organization approved by the Board of Regents. The president is delegated to administer the operation of the university. The traditional collegial process of shared governance for the formation of policies and oversight includes representative organizations to provide recommendations to the president for implementation as appropriate.

South Dakota Board of Regents

President Randy Schaefer, Madison
Vice President Robert Sutton, Pierre
Secretary Terry Baloun, Sioux Falls
Regent John W. Bastian, Belle Fourche
Regent Harvey C. Jewett, Aberdeen
Regent Kathryn O. Johnson, Hill City
Regent Jim Morgan, Brookings
Regent Joseph Schartz, Humboldt
Regent Kevin Schieffer, Sioux Falls

Executive Director

Dr. Michael G. Rush

South Dakota Public Higher Education Institutions

Black Hills State University, Spearfish;
Capital University Center, Pierre;
Dakota State University, Madison;
Northern State University, Aberdeen;
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City;
South Dakota State University, Brookings;
Black Hills State University-Rapid City, Rapid City;
University Center, Sioux Falls;
University of South Dakota, Vermillion

SDSM&T Councils

Executive Council

The Executive Council is the principal administrative unit at the university. The council members are the president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for finance and administration, vice president for university relations, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, vice president for research, director of athletics, director of human resources, director of environmental health and safety, and SDSM&T Foundation president.  The executive assistant to the president will serve as the secretary to the Executive Council.

University Cabinet

The University Cabinet advises the president concerning the development of policy, the governance of the university, strategic planning, and the fiscal operation of the university. The University Cabinet consists of: the president, executive assistant to the president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for finance and administration, vice president for university relations, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, vice president for research, director of athletics, SDSM&T Foundation president, chair of the faculty senate, director of the Alumni Association, dean of graduate education, chair of the exempt employees council, chair of the career service council, president of the student association, and the director of facility services.

Career Service Council

The Career Service Act employees elect the Career Service Council members.

Exempt Employees Council

The Exempt Employees Advisory Council is elected by the administrative employees who are exempt from the Career Service Act of the state of South Dakota.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate consists of nine voting members, two non-voting (ex-officio) members and is chaired by the chair of the Faculty Senate. The ex-officio members are the vice president for research and the provost and vice president for academic affairs. All faculty members may vote in the election of representatives from their discipline and each is eligible for election as a discipline representative.

Student Association

The Senate of the Student Association is the elected representative council for the formation of recommendations on behalf of enrolled students, including the fees charged to students and the operation of student activities funded through student fees.

SDSM&T Executive Council

WILSON, HEATHER (2013) President. B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy; M.S.,Ph.D., Oxford University.

KOURIS, DEMITRIS (2015) Provost/Vice President, Academic Affairs. Diploma, National Technical University of Athens; M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Northwestern University.

LUEKEN, JOEL (2014) Director of Athletics. A.A., Ellsworth Community College; B.A., Ottawa University; M.S., Northwest Missouri State University.

MAHON, PATRICIA G. (2000) Vice President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students. B.S., M.S., Montana State University-Billings; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

MALOTT, STEPHEN (2014) Vice President for Finance and Administration

ROBERTS, JERILYN (2006) Director of Facilities and Risk Management Environmental Health and Safety.

KINCART, JOEL (2015) President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation.

SHUMAN, KELLI (2005) Vice President, Human Resources.  B.S., Black Hills State University;  M.S., University of South Dakota.

PUSZYNSKI, JAN A. (1991) Vice President, Research. M.S., Technical University, Wroclaw, Poland; Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Academic Organization

Academic departments at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are organized as follows:

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Geology and Geological Engineering
Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Math and Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Military Science
Mining Engineering and Management
Physical Education
Social Sciences


The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the recognized accrediting agency for the north central states, through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process. For more information call (800) 621-7440 or visit: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

In addition, the curriculum in chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society.

All engineering programs are accredited by the by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., http://www.abet.org.


Equal Opportunity Policy

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, military status, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, political preference, or disability in employment or the provision of service.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, military/Veteran’s status, or disability. In adhering to this policy, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology abides by all federal and state statutes and regulations for the protection of employees against discrimination. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Vice President of Human Resources, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 East Saint Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 394-1203.