2019 ASCE Officers

President - Calvin Tohm

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Calvin is a 2nd 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.  

Vice President - Caleb Furse

Caleb is a junior Civil Engineering student focusing on Structural Engineering. After graduation, Caleb plans on staying an extra year at SDSMT to obtain his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Caleb has lived in the Black Hills his entire life, and after college, he hopes to work as a Structural Engineer in western South Dakota. Outside of school, he is involved in his church, the outdoors, sports, and small building projects.  

Secretary - Kris Lerdal

Kris Lerdal is a Junior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is studying Civil Engineering with an Environmental Emphasis. While at the SDSM&T, Kris has been involved with ASCE, Concrete Canoe, Women in Science and Engineering, Engineering and Science Projects in Community Service, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, and the Clean Snowmobile Team. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, playing hockey, and knitting. Kris is currently an undergraduate research assistant, investigating the role of creativity in engineering education.  

Treasurer - Brianna Newman

Brianna is a first year Civil Engineering Student from Wilmont Minnesota with no emphasis decided yet.  She is involved in ASCE as well as bth the concrete canoe, and steel bridge teams.  She has already learned alot about civil engineering through these activities, as well as leadership, commitment, hard work, communication, and what it takes to get a job done.  She can't wait to learn what else ASCE has to teach her in the years to come.

Historian - Ethan Rader-Hunt

Ethan is a first year Civil Engineering student from Aurora, Colorado with no currently decided emphasis.  He is involved not only with ASCE but the Steel Bridge team as well as, intervarsity, and raquetball club as well.  Outside of class he enjoys videogames, rc cars, and being outdoors.  He believes ASCE is a place where leaders can be created, and instilled with values such as leadership, communication, and a willingness to always continue learning.
Freshman/Sophmore Representative - Naomi Weimer
Naomi is a first year Civil Engineering student from Kersey, Colorado. She has been a part of ASCE since starting school in Fall of 2018. Along with ASCE, Naomi is involved with all concrete canoe committees, InterVarsity, and SWE. Naomi has found that ASCE has presented unique opportunities such as leadership skills, professional development, and problem-solving skills that cannot be achieved in the classroom. She is grateful for the abundance of opportunities that ASCE has given her thus far and is looking forward to the many more opportunities in the future. Naomi hopes to focus on the water resources side of Civil Engineering, and outside of school, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and swimming.  

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.