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Susan M. Reynolds   |    303-384-2583

Teaching Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

318A Coolbaugh Hall, 1012 14th Street, Golden, Colorado, 80401






Educated in engineering, design, and liberal arts, I am a generalist who enjoys exploring complex ideas from varied perspectives. With roughly 10 years of combined practice as a structural engineer and as an architect, I have accrued expertise in historic preservation and archaic construction techniques.

My teaching portfolio includes computational classes, design/project-based classes, active-learning / flipped classes, reading-intensive seminar-style classes, writing-intensive classes, hand graphics, and computer-aided graphics.

My professional portfolio includes the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC), The Farnsworth House (Plano, IL), the Second Avenue Subway (New York, NY), and the Washington Convention Center (Washington, DC).

My current academic interests are the strengths-based STEM classroom and the intersection between evidence-based teaching practices and neurodivergent teaching and learning styles.

I am faculty adviser to the Infinity Club, an ally to the neurodivergent community at Mines, and passionate about the Open Educational Resources (OERs) I post at Seeing Structures.


  • Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Professional Engineer, State of Alabama
  • Registered Architect, District of Columbia


  • M. S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois
  • B. Architecture, Auburn University
  • B. A. Spanish, Auburn University


Colorado School of Mines

Tuskegee University

  • Structures I, II, and III
  • Historic Preservation
  • Construction Methods
  • Construction Safety
  • Soils and Foundations

John Cabot University


  • Reynolds, S. M. (2021) Seeing Structures: Interactive CAD Models in Mechanics of Materials. Proceedings paper, 2021 ASEE Annual Conference (virtual).
  • Reynolds, S. M. (2017) Reversibility in Historic Preservation and its Application to Sustainable Design Practices in New Construction. Panel discussion, 2017 ASCE Structures Congress, Denver, Colorado.
  • Reynolds, S. M. (2016) Critical Thinking for Open-Ended Engineering Problems Through Written Reflection: A Case Study. Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference, Cedar City, Utah.
  • Reynolds, S. M. & Tackie, R. N. (2016) A Novel Approach to Skeleton-Note Instruction in Large Engineering Courses: Unified and Concise Handouts that are Fun and Colorful. Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Reynolds, S. M. (2016) A Pedagogical Approach for a Sophomore Mechanics of Materials Course. Extended abstract presented at 2016 MYEE Conference, College Station, Texas.
  • Turner, C. J. & Reynolds, S. M. (2014) Multidisciplinary Construction Engineering Design Projects. Paper presented at the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.