Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom Named ASCE Fellow

March 6, 2017


Richard A. Reid, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, associate dean of academics and extension at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Reid, before joining the civil engineering faculty at South Dakota State, served in a wide variety of assignments as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force. He completed his military career as part of the South Dakota Air National Guard, and in 2003 his squadron was activated to serve in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lt. Col. Reid was the first Air Force base civil engineer and engineering squadron commander at Baghdad International Airport assigned to begin construction of a bare base that would support over 2,000 Air Force and coalition personnel. His numerous military decorations include the Bronze Star.

In his role as associate dean, he has led a number of outreach and recruiting programs that have resulted in a 41 percent growth in overall engineering enrollments. His promotion of diversity and globalization has resulted in a 173 percent growth in female enrollment and a tenfold increase in international undergraduate enrollment.

Reid has been active with ASCE in many capacities, including the ASCE Committee for Student Membership from 2009 to 2013, serving as chair for one year. He is a senior program evaluator for ABET and is a member of the ASCE Committee for Accreditation Operations, serving as upcoming Chair for 2017-18. He has been an advisor or co-advisor for the SDSU ASCE student chapter for over 10 years and was Faculty Advisor of the Year in Region Seven in 2010. As a champion for students, he has been named the Teacher of the Year of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering on three occasions, recognized by the city of Brookings as Educator of the Year and Academic Advisor of the Year, and nationally recognized as the 2010 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for The First Year Experience. He was also named Brookings County Military Officer of the Year in 2007.

He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and serves as chief advisor for the SD Beta Chapter, and is a member of Chi Epsilon. He was an active leader in both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts of America, and annually leads a group of college and high school students from his church on an extended wilderness backpacking trip in Montana.

Reid was raised in Kennebunkport, ME, and holds his B.S. in civil engineering from The Citadel and his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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