My research focus is on developing innovative materials for incorporation into a future sustainable infrastructure. I also research improved pedagogical approaches for engineering with a concentration on active and service learning. I have worked as a structural engineer and consults for industry on materials-related issues. For this project, I am applying the design concepts of pervious concrete to BioWRAP. I serve as the faculty advisor at South Dakota Mines for the Concrete Canoe Team and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I also serve on three American Concrete Institute (ACI) committees and as the president of the ACI Dakota Chapter. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano and singing in the university choir. I also am an avid movie-watcher, music-connoisseur, reader, traveler, weight-lifter, eater, and hiker.