2018 ASCE Officers

President - Elizabeth Larsen

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 Elizabeth is a 3nd year civil and environmental engineering student from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She has been in ASCE for her entire college career and has worked as the regional co-chair and canstruction co-chairs in previous years. She believes that ASCE gives students the relevant knowledge, opportunities to grow, and connections that will help in college as well as outside of college. Elizabeth also participates on the Steel Bridge team, in Engineers and Scientists Abroad, and in Alpha Delta Pi. She hopes to become an environmental engineer focusing on sustainable infrastructure to create a cleaner more sustainable future for our planet.  

Vice President - Travis Fincher

 Travis Fincher, a second-year civil engineering student from Keokuk, Iowa. He has been involved with ASCE for the past two years and has found great benefits in leadership, community service, and professional development. Besides serving as Vice President for ASCE, Travis has been a member of concrete canoe. Travis is planning on becoming a transportation engineering.

Secretary, Steel Bridge Team Captain - Chad Reimer

Chad is a 4th year Civil Engineering student from Blaine, Washington. He has been a member of ASCE his entire college career with his primary extracurricular focus being the Steel Bridge team. He has found amazing benefits from being apart of ASCE and recognizes its importance in giving students the skills they need to survive in the industry world that they would not gain in the classroom. Chad plans on going to Graduate School for structural engineering after his time at SDSM&T as an undergrad. Outside of ASCE and Steel Bridge, Chad enjoys reading up on history and politics in addition to much needed rest after finishing up his schoolwork. 

Treasurer - Timothy Felker

Timothy is currently a 3rd year Civil Engineering Student.  He is originally from Shakopee, MN, and has wanted to be an engineer or scientist for as long as he can remember. Here at school Timothy has been able to find a passion in geotechnical engineering.  Besides being an officer for ASCE he is also the assistant project lead for Concrete canoe and looks forward to working with the current ASCE Officers.

Historian - Nathan Tysdal

Nathan is a 1st year Mechanical Engineering student from Spearfish, South Dakota. He has been part of ASCE his whole 1st year of college. He is also involved in the Fermentation Club. Nathan believes that ASCE can provide students with future connections in their industry and skills in communication and leadership. He hopes to become a nuclear engineer where he would help in the development of nuclear fusion reactors.
Freshman/Sophmore Representative - Calvin Tohm
  Calvin is a 1st year civil engineering student with no decided emphasis yet. Originally from Wheaton, Minnesota he moved to Whitewood, South Dakota in 2012 and has lived there since. He has been involved in ASCE, ASCE Regional Competition planning committee, Steel bridge team, and Concrete Canoe team during his time on campus. He believes that in order to succeed in the changing world certain skills, such as: leadership, ingenuity, people skills, and communication are the keys to success in life, and ASCE helps provide all of these and more.  

Concrete Conoe Team Captain - Zack Hanson

Zach is a 5th year civil engineering student from Norfolk, Nebraska. He has been involved with ASCE for the past two years and has found great benefits in leadership, community service, and professional development. Besides serving as Vice President for ASCE, Zach is also Assistant Project Manager for the concrete canoe team. Zach plans on becoming a Project Manager and this summer he has a Construction Engineering internship with Oftedal Construction, Inc. in Wyoming. Outside of ASCE, Zach enjoys exploring the Black Hills and is active in intramural and city rec athletics.  

Faculty Advisor - Christopher Shearer

Dr. Chris Shearer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He teaches courses related to structural engineering and materials. His research investigates the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties and durability performance of infrastructure materials, with a focus on sustainable concrete materials technology. He also consults for industry on materials-related issues. In his small amount of spare time, he enjoys music, movies, reading, traveling, swimming, and hiking. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for ASCE and the Concrete Canoe Team at SD Mines.