I grew up on a small dairy farm in western Minnesota. I spent 2 years at St. John’s University and then completed bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees at the University of Minnesota. I spent a year at the University of Duisburg in West Germany on a Humboldt fellowship. I have taught at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for 36 years. For the past 20 of those years I have been studying teaming and leadership development in engineering students, and advising intercollegiate engineering design competition teams. I have been humbled by the complexity of coaching over 100 of these teams. I have found a deep interest in the psychology of teaming and leadership. I am equally intrigued by engineering and psychology and music. I completed a graduate psychology certificate program in higher ed assessment from James Madison University in 2017.
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