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Susan M. Reynolds

Teaching Professor, Colorado School of Mines   |    303-384-2583

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

318A Coolbaugh Hall, 1012 14th Street, Golden, CO 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, reading-intensive seminar-style classes, and writing-intensive classes. My professional portfolio includes the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, The Farnsworth House, Second Avenue Subway, and the Washington Convention Center.


  • 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

  • Structural Theory
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Construction Engineering
  • Structural Preservation of Existing and Historic Buildings
  • The Triumphs and Failures of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Senior (Capstone) Design I & II
  • Innovation and Discovery in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences I & II

Tuskegee University

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

John Cabot University

  • Statics


  • 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.