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Matt Schmidt



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Spring 2017

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[Page] 2 Growth Analysis An increase in the number of international students and the number of female students are two elements in the college’s strong enrollment growth.
[Page] 6 From Southeast Asia to South Dakota Mechanical engineering freshman Jin Hang Ng has followed the footsteps his father left 35 years ago when he came to SDSU from Malaysia.
[Page] 8 People make the difference Kevy and Vanessa Konynenbelt visited SDSU mostly to please their mother’s boss. It proved to be just the start of their good experiences here.
[Page] 10 Engineer turned firefighter When the two-story, 107-year-old Copper Lounge collapsed in downtown Sioux Falls Dec. 2, 2016, Capt. Mike Murphy was glad he had an engineering degree.
[Page] 12 Back on campus Tyler Hill, a 2011 construction management graduate, serves as superintendent for the $8 million Alumni Center, which is to be completed in June. 14 Precision ag After planting the first-in-the-nation precision ag major in the fall, faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are expecting an abundant harvest.
[Page] 16 Rich Reid The college’s associate dean was inducted as a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineering, an honor awarded to only 3.5 percent of its membership.
[Page] 18 An entrepreneur After three years as a city engineer on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, Robbie Veurink has started two businesses of his own.
[Page] 20 An enterprising engineering student Merrick Erickson has a suggestion for parents wanting to send their skateboarder off to college with a skateboard, and he’s selling SDSU longboards through the University Bookstore. COLLEGE NEWS
[Page] 22 STEM Partnership A new program is uniting regional businesses in the sponsorship of the college’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach activities.
[Page] 24 Impact of scholarships Administrators and students testify to the need for more scholarships.
[Page] 26 Vital stats A quick look at enrollment and graduates, broken down by departments.
[Page] 28 Phonathon 2017 PhoneJacks were busy this winter soliciting donations for scholarships and other needs within the college’s departments.
[Page] 29 A new way to look at bridges Junwon Seo, an assistant professor, is testing the feasibility of using drones for bridge inspections.
[Page] 30 New faces A baker’s dozen joins the college.
[Page] 34 Faculty awards Four collect honors at Celebration of Faculty Excellence.
[Page] 35 Distinguished engineer The college will recognize Niaz Latif as its 138th distinguished engineer at its banquet April 25.
[Page] 36 In memoriam Professor Emeritus Alfred Andrawis, who taught for more than a quarter-century in the electrical engineering department, is remembered.


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