Greetings From the Chair

Greetings NDSU community! It is an honor to lead our department forward as we collectively design solutions for civil and environmental infrastructure, and prepare our students to address the challenges they will face.

My academic background began at the University of Minnesota where I received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering and a MS degree in mathematics.  I worked for a year as a post-doc in Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, and then in Civil Engineering at Kansas State University through the ranks of Assistant to Associate to Full Professor.   I’ve led research endeavors to model groundwater and its role in sustaining society through a variety of funded projects with over $18M as lead or co-PI.  It has been a pleasure to learn how to bridge disciplinary perspectives and achieve broad understanding of water resources systems.  I’ve taught a range of courses in hydrology and hydraulics, groundwater flow and engineering mathematics. And, I am registered as a Professional Engineer and as a Professional Geoscientist.   

As chair, I seeks to: 1) Promote excellence in classroom instruction and experiential learning, 2) Promote research synergies blending deep disciplinary knowledge within collaborative team, 3) Promote innovation and outreach in fulfillment of the land grant mission, and 4) Foster a culture of collegiality and inclusion, leading by example.  I look forward to continuing to build partnerships and collaborations in the North Dakota region, and leading our department towards its land-grant mission of research, education and service. Our successes are predisposed by our capacity to lead and foster the creative capacity of our students, and to provide challenging learning experiences towards addressing civil and environmental engineering design.
Go Bison!
David R. Steward, PhD, PE, PG, F.ASCE
Professor and Chair

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