Stanley P. Rader, D.E., P.E., F.ASCE, associate professor of civil engineering at the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Rader was a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 1976. He served 21 years in the Air Force as a civil engineering officer, stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Purdue University, Indiana; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; the University of Missouri–Rolla; and the Pentagon, Washington, DC.
He has served as the Air Force Academy ASCE Student Chapter faculty advisor as well as the ASCE Southern Colorado Branch secretary, treasurer, vice president, president, and past president. He led the creation and production of the ASCE 2012 Infrastructure Report Card for the Colorado Springs Area, which contributed to the nearly 80-percent passing vote for the 2012 Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority infrastructure capital improvements program extension.
Highlights of Rader’s Air Force career include serving as project engineer for Commando Lion, the Air Force’s highest-priority construction project in the Far East in 1979-80, receiving the U.S. Air Force Academy 1988 Department of Civil Engineering Outstanding Military Educator award from the U.S. Secretary of Education, and codesigning the Air Force Academy’s Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory, which has operated as a nationally acclaimed, full-scale theory-to-practice education and training facility for the last 23 years.
Following his Air Force retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1997, Rader entered the private sector as a consulting civil engineer. While working in two civil engineering consulting firms and one architectural design firm, he designed and managed numerous successful structural and civil engineering projects. He was director of structural engineering at Matrix Design Group, in Colorado Springs, for 10 years. He returned to the Air Force Academy in 2010 as a civilian professor in the CEE Department. While guiding the structural engineering curriculum at the Academy, he has focused on project-based learning and bringing real-world civil engineering design into the classroom.
Rader earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the Academy. He also holds a master of science in civil engineering (construction engineering and management) from Purdue University, and a doctor of engineering in structural engineering from the University of Missouri–Rolla. He is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado.