Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2000

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, Ph.D. Engineering, 2014


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Montana State University, Bozeman (Fall 2016 – Present)


Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Pre-Engineering Program)

Montana State University, Billings (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)


Current Courses                                     

EGEN 201 - Engineering Statics (Fall)                                                  

EGEN 435 - Fluid Dynamics (Spring)


Professional Affiliations

Licensed Professional Engineer, Montana (#17372)

LEED Accredited Professional, Green Building Certification Institute

American Society of Civil Engineers, Member

American Society of Engineering Education, Member

Engineers Without Borders, Montana Professional Chapter, Member and Professional Mentor


Professional Experience

Gateway Engineering, Project Manager, Bozeman, Montana, 2003-2006, 2008-2009

Paciulli, Simmons and Associates, Project Engineer, Fairfax, Virginia, 2001-2002

Wellert Corporation, Project Engineer, Medina, Ohio, 2000-2001


Recent Publications and Presentations

Plymesser, K and J. Cahoon. “Swim Speeds of American Shad in a Steeppass Fishway” Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. In Review.

Plymesser, K, and J. Cahoon. “Pressure Gradients in a Steeppass Fishway Using a Computational Fluid Dynamics Model” Journal of Ecological Engineering. In Review.


Plymesser, K., D. Sheumaker, and C. Allen. “Engineers Without Borders-Montana State University: A Case Study in Student-Directed Engagement in Community Service.” Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition. New Orleans, LA. June 2016.


Blank, M., K. Kappenman, J. Cahoon, M. Schultze, and K. Plymesser.  “Swimming Performance of Rainbow Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout in an Open-Channel Flume.”  Northwest Science. In Review.


Imai, T., J. Cahoon, D. Varricchio, and K. Plymesser. “Hydraulic and sedimentological analyses of eggshell transport and deposition: Implication and Application to Eggshell Taphonomy.” Palaois.  June 2015.


Blank, M., K. Kappenman, M. Schultze, K. Plymesser and J. Cahoon.  “Characterizing the Swimming Performance of Rainbow Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout in an Open Channel Flume.”  Report to funding agencies. December 2014.