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Welcome from the Dean

ron-welchHello from The Citadel School of Engineering! As we complete our 14th year as a school, we are excited to provide a partial list of the exciting accomplishments for this past year. As you read, we hope this message will encourage you to reach out through email, phone or in person visit to see how YOU can become involved in assisting us with all the incredible activities/students/faculty we have.

First, we are very proud of our most recent accomplishment - #19 ranked by the 2018 US News and World Report for engineering programs with the highest degree being a master’s degree. This is a testament to the hard work of both our faculty and students. Each provides strong examples of our most impactful product – engineering - as they represent our school at so many events, locations, and companies through the US.

Three years ago, we started the new Mechanical Engineering program in the fall 2014 with 75 freshmen, 6 sophomores and 3 juniors. We had 120 freshman arrive and 10 juniors (evening program) join the program in fall 2015. For the fall 2016, the Cadet enrollment topped 220 students (2nd largest major for incoming freshmen). The Veteran Day program has 15 students and the Evening program had 17 students. Once again, this year mechanical engineering was the 2nd largest major for incoming cadet freshmen. In early August another critical milestone was realized as we received the long-awaited good news of ABET accreditation. Congratulations are in order to the faculty, staff, and students for their herculean efforts during these past three years.

With nearly 750 undergraduates in engineering, we have successfully made the case for new facilities to continue to provide the award winning engineering education noted over the past 175 years. We begin this fall wtih the process to design a new engineering building located in the parking lot behind LeTellier Hall and facing McAlister Field House. If you would like to learn more about how you can assist us with this new building, please give me a call. The other option is visit The Citadel Foundation page. There you will locate a list of current areas, but I would like to highlight the Building Fund that will greatly assist us to complete the design. You can give one time or pledge to give monthly or annually while giving credit to your class or anonymously. Of course, we have many other needs beyond the building and welcome your support for any of them. Below you will read successes that only continue with your generous support.

Students and Faculty recognized on the local, regional, and national stage this past year.

  • ASCE Student chapter was a Ridgway Finalist for 2015, 2016, and 2017 (top five ASCE student chapter in the country). The ASCE Student Chapter also received the region 4 Governor’s award in 2015 and 2017 given to the best chapter in the region consisting of Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Arkansas
  • ASCE Concrete Canoe qualified and competed in the National Concrete Canoe Competition for the last three consecutive years.
  • ASCE Student Chapter has been in the top three in the Carolinas Conference, which consist of 10 engineering schools in the southeast, for the last decade receiving top honors in 2017.
  • Citadel Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty were part of a team awarded 2 University Transportation Center Consortium grants. 
  • A Citadel Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty member received a $300,000 National Science Foundation Grant entitled,” Developing and Assessing Engineering Students’ Cognitive Flexibility in the Domain of Sustainable Design.
  • Three CE faculty earned their PE licenses in 2017.
  • First MSCE and MSEE graduate in May 2017 – started degrees summer of 2016.
  • A team of BSEE students represented The Citadel in the summer immersion and travel abroad program for young entrepreneurs in Estonia in June of 2017.
  • Engineering students participated in The Citadel Global Scholars program at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus in the fall of 2016. 
  • Two BSEE students are attending The Citadel Global Scholars program at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus in the fall of 2017. 
  • A team of BSEE students won first place in the IEEE Southeast Conference Ethics competition in April 2017. 
  • ECE faculty member Dr. Gregory Mazzaro was award The Citadel faculty research award for his contributions to the military applications of non-linear radar in May 2017. 
  • The Mini Baja Team built their first competition vehicle this past year and competed in Pittsburgh, Kansas in May 2017. They learned much about the effort and energy required to make their vehicle competition ready.
  • Mechanical Engineering has grown to eight faculty members to meet the growing demand for the major. 
  • Two ME faculty members earned their PE licenses in 2016. 
  • Four Engineering faculty (one Civil Engineering and three Mechanical Engineering) members received teaching awards at the annual ASEE-SE Section conference in 2017 to include: Outstanding Teaching Award, New teacher Award, ASEE SE Thomas C. Evans Instructional Paper Award, and Mid-Career Teaching Award. The Citadel received faculty recognition in 4 out of the 5 faculty awards.


 Students selected for senior awards: Department End-of-Year Awards

  • 2018 Louis LeTellier Award: Cadet Joseph Kelley Cook 
  • 2018 Colonel Loring K. Himelright Merit Award:
  • 2018 Colonel Charles Lindberg Award: Alaa-Aldeen H. Abukhdair (Evening Student)
  • Peter Gaillard Award: Cadet Connor M. Fuhrman
  • Charles Thurston Razor Award: Douglas R. Wattier, Veteran Student


We began in 2013 recognizing not only Citadel engineering graduates, but also other outstanding engineers with Citadel connections through induction into The Citadel Academy of Engineers. Our engineering alumni and supporters are making a difference throughout the world, and a list of their accomplishments could fill this entire website. I provide a list of 2017 inductees to recognize these current and past engineering leaders and to enlist your assistance in making recommendations for future inductions. All recommendations will be placed in the nomination pool for consideration by the School of Engineering Leadership Team.


2018 Honorees

  • Charles B. Coe, Citadel Class of ‘73


    Col John (JC) C. Dominick, Citadel Class of ‘71


    Robert (Bob) Kiggans, Citadel Class of ‘65


    Alvin E. Kite, Jr. Citadel Class of ‘55


In seven years of its existence, the MS in Project Management (MSPM) has gone from zero to approximately 30 graduates each year. This unique program, the only one in SC, was recently accredited by the Project management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC). It is one of only 26 programs in the USA to hold this distinction. Over the history of the Program, we have consistently maintained a 95% first time pass rate on the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. The PMP certification is increasingly important for employment and promotion in the area’s Engineering, Manufacturing, and Software industries.

Current success and additional demand for engineering in the Lowcountry allowed us to begin launch master’s degree programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering during the summer of 2016. Each program has multiple certificates included that allows for immediate student/employer recognition after four focused courses as well as their incorporation into our current MS in Project Management and its associated certificates. We had our first graduates from the MSCE and MSEE programs in May 2017.

Rest assured, our first focus will always be our undergraduate programs, but the faculty are excited about the ability to provide graduate level education to support engineering education needs. In fact, many local alumni have been waiting patiently for us to roll out these new engineering masters’ level programs.

I invite you to learn more about us through the four program websites (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Leadership and Program Management). If you are interested in attending The Citadel (as a cadet, or entering our evening undergraduate programs, or becoming an evening graduate student), I would invite you to contact me, go to the Department websites, visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office (Cadet, Veteran, Active Duty), and/or The Citadel Graduate College (2+2 Evening Students, Veteran, Active Duty, Graduate Students) to gather more information.

We look forward to visiting with you and assisting you to achieve your dreams!

You can reach me at:

Ronald W. Welch, COL (Retired), PhD
Dean of Engineering and Louis S. LeTellier Chair
The Citadel
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
Office phone: 843-953-6588

Or better yet, come by Grimsley Hall, Room 128 and pull up a chair and visit awhile, and see for yourself what the School of Engineering has to offer! Go Bulldogs!

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