2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Construction & Operations Management

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Teresa Keys Hall, Department Head
Department of Construction and Operations Management
Solberg Hall 116



Teresa Keys Hall, Huitian Lu

Associate Professor

Byron Garry

Assistant Professors

Yilei Huang, Ekaterina Koromyslova

Senior Lecturers

Norma Nusz, Carrie Steinlicht, Albena Yordanova


Janet Merriman, Robert Miller


Jason Prout, Chad Umlauf


The Department of Construction and Operations Management offers applied management and engineering technology programs designed to prepare graduates for technical and management careers. The department’s mission is to provide high quality, relevant, and contemporary learning experiences for students; to enhance the economic vitality of the region through outreach, research and service initiatives for industrial constituents; and to promote the department’s disciplines through these outreach ventures and scholarly activity.

In addition to the academic programs detailed below, the department also delivers the non-degree General Engineering (GE) program for the College of Engineering. The General Engineering program provides a temporary department for first year students who are undecided in their choice of degree program.





Graduate Programs*

  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
  • Operations Management (M.S.)
  • Management Foundations Certificate
  • Systems Management Certificate

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is located in historic Solberg Hall, where Stephen Briggs built his prototype for what would become the Briggs and Stratton engine. Solberg Hall was constructed in 1901 and has been fully renovated with state of the art classrooms, active learning labs, and faculty offices. Our production lab is located in the adjacent Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering building which opened in fall 2015. The department shares the production lab with the Mechanical Engineering and Architecture programs which provide cross-disciplinary fabrication project opportunities.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The department supports two professional honor society chapters to provide recognition for outstanding student leaders. The SDSU chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi is the international honor society for students in construction management. Undergraduate and graduate students in the department are also eligible for nomination to Epsilon Mu Eta, the national honor society for engineering management. Students in all our undergraduate programs are given the opportunity to grow their potential as future leaders via service learning, community engagement, and discipline-specific outreach projects.  The department has long standing relationships with the South Dakota Associated General Contractors (AGC) Building and Heavy-Highway-Utilities chapters, the Sioux Falls and Brookings chapters of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Eastern South Dakota section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the Brookings Area Lean Consortium.

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