Andrea Surovek, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, an instructor and recognized expert in the area of stability of steel framing systems, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
After serving 11 years on the civil engineering faculty at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, she is a research scientist and the program director for a new service-learning program that combines multidisciplinary design with community service in multiyear design projects.
She brings to her research prior practical experience as a structural engineer, codeveloping the approach now known as the direct analysis method, currently the preferred method for steel stability assessment in the ANSI/AISC 360 Specification. She is coauthor of the textbook Structural Stability of Steel: Concepts and Applications for Structural Engineers with Theodore V. Galambos, and has authored more than 60 technical publications overall.
Surovek has been exceptionally active with ASCE and the Structural Engineering Institute, having served as chair of the SEI Technical Committee on Structural Members as well as chair of the Technical Administrative Committee on Metals. Additionally, she has been an associate editor for the Journal of Structural Engineering since 2008, and was a guest editor on the special issue “Commemorating 10 Years of Research since 9/11.” At SDSM&T, she created and has advised the university’s steel bridge team since 2003, and she helped establish the first program for Women in Science and Engineering at Mines in 2004. She also completed distinguished service activities with the Structural Stability Research Council, serving as the only woman elected to the executive committee in the organization’s history.
She is currently leading an initiative to bring bio-inspired design into structural engineering research and practice. Her current research examines termite mounds as a potential model for sustainable structural forms, integrating functions of strength, stability, and ventilation. She recently organized a new technical committee for ASCE/SEI on bio-inspired structures and is serving as committee chair.
Most recently, Surovek was awarded the ASCE George Winter Award in recognition of the achievements of an active structural engineering researcher, educator, or practitioner who best typifies the late Dr. George Winter’s humanistic approach to his profession, that is, an equal concern for matters technical and social, for art as well as science, and for soul as well as intellect. Moreover, she is the founding director of Music Adds Up, a nonprofit organization that focuses on supporting elementary school music education – recognizing the beneficial influence that music learning has on the development of mathematics and scientific skills. This organization provides grants to local elementary school teachers to support music instruction.
Surovek also leverages her passion for, and B.A. in, theater by promoting and personally participating in numerous theatrical productions, helping to support local theatre in her community. From Georgia Tech she received her Ph.D. in 2001 and from Purdue University she holds a B.S., M.S., and B.A.