May 28, 2024  
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Information


Dr. Jan Puszynski, Interim President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology


SDSM&T Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities

Our vision is for the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to be recognized as an exceptional engineering and science 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 2022:


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.

2017-2018 Academic Year

The South Dakota School of Mines & 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

Mr. Bob Sutton, President
Mr. Kevin Schieffer, Vice President
Mr. John Bastian, Secretary
Mr. Jim Thares
Mr. Jim Morgan
Mr. Randy Schaefer
Ms. Pam Roberts
Mr. Conrad Adam

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 & 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

SD Mines 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, director of marketing and communications, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, vice president for research, director of athletics, director of human resources, director of facilities and risk management, dean of graduate education, faculty senate chair, and SDSM&T Foundation president.  The special projects coordinator for 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, special projects coordinator to the president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for finance and administration, director of marketing and communications, 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 non-faculty exempt employees council, chair of the civil service advisory council, president of the student association, directory of information technology services, and the director of facilities and risk management

Civil Service Advisory Council

The civil service employees elect the Civil Service Advisory Council members. This council shall consist of five members, with the offices of chair, vice chair, secretary, and two general board members.

Non-Faculty Exempt Employees Council

The Non-Faculty Exempt Employees Advisory Council is elected by the administrative employees who are exempt from the Civil 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

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

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. B.S.and B.A., Georgetown University; M.P.A., University of Southern California.

ROBERTS, JERILYN (2006) Director of Facilities and Risk Management. B.S. and M.S., South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

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

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

BRENTLINGER, ANN (2015) Director of Marketing and Communications.  B.A., University of South Dakota; M.A., National American University.

PRICE, MARIBETH (1995) Dean of Graduate Education.  B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University.

RICE, RODNEY (1999) Faculty Senate Chair. B.A., Moorhead State University; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Academic Organization

Academic departments at South Dakota School of Mines & 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 & 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:

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

All undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,


Equal Opportunity Policy

South Dakota School of Mines & 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 & 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 & 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 & Technology, 501 East Saint Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 394-1203.