BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn announced that Barry Mielke has been named the associate vice president for Facilities and Services after serving in an interim role for the past year. Mielke replaced Dean Kattelmann, who retired in July 2020 after 18 years at SDSU.
“Barry has a long history of success at SDSU and provided excellent leadership during the past year in what we know are challenging times with the pandemic,” Dunn said. “He and his staff have worked tirelessly, not only in preparing the campus for our students to have the opportunity to learn in the classroom but also keeping critical infrastructure projects going that include new buildings and updates throughout campus. His leadership has been critical since taking on the interim role.”
Before serving as the interim assistant vice president, Mielke was the director of energy systems from 2014-20. In that role, he oversaw both expansions and improvements of the university’s heating and chiller plants. Those improvements, in addition to more efficient ventilation systems, lighting upgrades and installation of solar panels, means South Dakota State is spending less on energy on a square-foot basis. Those efforts helped SDSU earn the City of Brookings 2019 Mayor’s Award for Sustainability in the environmental resilience category.
Mielke started his career as a project manager engineer at SDSU in 2003 after being a student intern the year before. He then worked at VeraSun Energy as a project engineer before returning to SDSU as a senior mechanical engineer in 2008.
“It is an honor to continue my career at SDSU in this new role,” Mielke said. “The university continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of our students and faculty, while providing services to the more than 150,000 people that come in contact with our campus every year. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of the future and the continued effort of all of us in facilities and services to continue to make SDSU a premier land-grant university.”
He is an APPA certified educational facilities professional. APPA is a facilites leadership organization formerly known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators. Mielke serves on APPA’s board of directors as a senior representative for the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators. Mielke was the president of CAPPA from June 2019 to November 2020.
Mielke has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in operations management from SDSU.