Joe Stonesifer

Joe Stonesifer

Department: Civil

Position: Project Engineer

Location: Vermillion, SD


Who inspires you to be better?
My wife. She just seems to have a good perspective on everything.
What was the most amazing physical feat you’ve managed to pull off?
I don’t know if these are amazing, but I am proud of completing them: hiked the Grand Canyon down to the river bottom and back in one day, hiked Half-dome in Yosemite National Park (even though I have a fear of heights), and completed a marathon.
If you were given one thousand acres of land that you didn’t need to pay taxes on but couldn’t sell, what would you do with it?
I would use 20 acres and homestead on it, being self sufficient as much as possible, and let the remaining acres be a natural area for wildlife. My family currently does this as much as we can on our 5 acres.
What book impacted you the most?
The Great Gatsby. It’s a great book, and got me into reading again, especially other works of the Lost Generation writers of the 1920s and other literary classics like that.
What food do you crave most often?
I love pizza. I could eat pizza every meal and will crave it if I don’t have it at least once a week. Friday night is pizza night at our house.