South Dakota State University

UNIVERSITY AND THE BROOKINGS COMMUNITY: South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has 12 full time faculty and an enrollment of approximately 220 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. The department grants B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering. The undergraduate program is ABET accredited. Some of the important attributes of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are: • faculty and staff who are deeply committed to the success of students and the department, and are strongly engaged with local/regional employers; • member of two U.S. DOT sponsored university transportation centers: the Mountain-Plains Consortium Regional UTC and TriDurLE National UTC • recent departmental space remodeling providing high quality classrooms, offices and laboratories including the following teaching and research labs: Lohr Structures Laboratory, HDR Environmental Laboratory, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Transportation Engineering Laboratory, Asphalt Laboratory, Geotechnical Laboratory, and Materials Laboratory; • strong growth in funded research and the graduate program; • faculty and students who are strongly engaged in community service; • an award-winning ASCE student chapter; and • opportunities for innovative interdisciplinary research within SDSU as well as with researchers at other regional engineering colleges. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota. SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling. Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

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