Student Success Staff

Student Success is ready to help you find academic and other resources to make you a more successful student.

Lisa Carlson
(605) 394-5261

Lisa Carlson

Student Success Director

Lisa has worked at South Dakota Mines in various roles, her most recent being the Director of the WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) program. She works in partnership with instructors and faculty advisors in each department to support students through the hardest classes at Mines. She relaunched the WiSE program to support women engineering students on campus, and is taking the concept of a proven program to design a customized approach for students at Mines. Lisa has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Black Hills State University and an MBA from Chadron State College. When she’s not helping students out, she likes hanging out with her three boys and watching cat videos on YouTube.

    Rob Sales

    Student Success Coordinator

    Rob joined South Dakota Mines July of 2019 after spending 15 years implementing classroom and student interventions at the high school level in Colorado and Rapid City. In the Vanderboom Office of Student Success, Rob works with students in all areas that affect their success at Mines, to include academic obstacles, time management, goal setting, and other non-academic factors. Rob also works with our peer mentors to ensure that all incoming students have an automatic connection to their department, the campus, and the Rapid City area. Rob has a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Education (Phys. Ed. and Special Education) from Black Hills State University and a Master of Arts degree in Sports Management from Adams State University. Additionally Rob coaches the running backs for the Hardrockers Football Team. Away from campus, you will find Rob spending time with his wife and two sons.