Dr. McKinney is a full-time professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and has been on the faculty at The Citadel since 1997. He received his PhD from The University of South Carolina in 1999 where he conducted research with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, GE, and Westinghouse in the modeling and use of conductive polymers for power systems protection devices.
While at The Citadel he has taught nearly 3/4 of the courses offered in the electrical engineering curriculum but has focused on the electronic courses, the measurements and instrumentation course, and the power systems course. In addition, Dr. McKinney helped start the Citadel robotics summer camps and the eWeek robotics competitions. He has also worked with the School of Education to help bring engineering and robotics programs to students at underserved schools.
In addition to teaching, Dr. McKinney has worked with the University of South Carolina studying shipboard circuit protection systems and with the Space and Naval Warfare Center, Atlantic studying emerging technologies for the first responder community. In 2013, Dr. McKinney was awarded a full year sabbatical to work with Clemson University helping to design the system to control the Duke Energy eGRID lab in North Charleston. Since then, he has continued to work with Clemson in the design and operation of the facility.
Dr. McKinney has been married since 1994 and has two children. He and his family are charter members of Palmetto Prebyterian Church in Mount Pleasant where he is an elder and served as the chair of the sanctuary building committee.
Office: Grimsley 325
Areas of Expertise: Instrumentation and measurements, Circuit protection devices, Electronics, and Communications
Vita: Dr. McKinney's Vita