Air Force Academy Professor Named ASCE Fellow

June 19, 2018


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 elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Rader served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force as a civil engineering officer. He was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Purdue University, Indiana, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, University of Missouri–Rolla, and the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Highlights of his 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 co-designing 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 serving in two civil engineering consulting firms and one architectural design firm, he designed and managed numerous successful structural and civil engineering projects, and 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 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 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 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.

He earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was a Distinguished Graduate of the Class of 1976. 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. Rader is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado.

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