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A Message from the Dean

ron-welchHello from The Citadel School of Engineering! As we complete our twelfth year as a school, we would like to let you in on the incredible news and exciting buzz surrounding what’s happening within engineering at The Citadel.

Two 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 we anticipate 140 freshman and nearly 20 juniors (evening program).

As we patiently raise funds for a new building with additional office, classroom, and laboratory space to support Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Project Management programs, we completed a small building behind Grimsley Hall to support fabrication through the school and manufacturing courses and laboratories as well as renovated the old garage (older classes) or laundry facility (newer classes) to be a laboratory and maker space. With nearing 650 undergraduated in engineering, we are literally busting that the seams.

Engineers from the Class of 1980 are spearheading a fundraising effort for our new engineering building. Please give generously when contacted or go directly to The Citadel Foundation page. You can give one time or pledge to give montly or annually while giving credit to your class or give anonymously. Below you will see successes that only continue with your generous support.

Our students have been recognized on the local, regional, and national stage this past year.

  • The Citadel was finalist for the 2016 Robert Ridgeway Student Chapter Award, being named one of the top 5 Student Chapters, selected from 339 American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapters across the U.S. and 12 countries. Was finalist in 2015 and won the award in 2012.
  • The Citadel won 1st Place at the 2016 ASCE Carolinas Conference which allowed them to compete in the 2016 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition for the second year in a row. The Citadel canoe "The Force" was one of only 21 teams out of 200 across the nation that got to compete. The team finished 9th in Final Product, 11th in Design Paper, 12th in Oral Presentation, and 14th Overall.
  • 2015 1st Place, IEEE Southeastern Region Ethics Contest (Cash Prize and repeat, also won in 2014).
  • 2nd Place in the NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education for 2014 (Wave Dissipation System) and 2015 (Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Rehabilitation Design of Sacred Heard Catholic Church).
  • Cadet Charles Parrott received the 2016 Lee Clippard Scholarship from the SC Society of Professional Engineers
  • The Citadel Student Research Conference Winners: ­
    • Electrical Engineering students won 1st Place for Undergraduate Design: Michael Chen, Clifford McNeill, Evan Maes, and Brent Kiefer for “Non-Verbal, Non-Visual Wearable Communication” ­
    • Electrical Engineering students won 2nd Place Undergraduate Design: Chris Martin, Richard Graf, Zack Smith, Candy Colinco, and Matthew Claeys for “Pablo the Intelligent Ground Vehicle” ­
    • Civil Engineering students won 3rd Place Undergraduate STEM: Alex Overeem and Joseph Page for “ Roundabouts as a Form of Access Management”


Students selected for senior awards:

CE Department End-of-Year Awards

  • 2016 Louis LeTellier Award: OC Marcus Padilla
  • 2016 Colonel Loring K. Himelright Merit Award: Cadet Amber Mills
  • 2016 Colonel Charles Lindberg Award: Amie Hunt (Evening Student)

EE Department End-of-Year Awards:

  • Peter Gaillard Award: Cadet Craig Miller
  • Charles Thurston Razor Award: Cadet Bertus Shelters

State Level:

  • Cadet Amber Mills was selected for the SC Compact Student Service Award

We began in 2013 recognizing not only Citadel engineering graduates, but 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 magazine. I provide a list of 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.

2016 Honorees

  • Major General Arthur H. Baiden, III (Ret.), Citadel Class of 1962 
  • Mr. Jerry F. Friedner, Citadel Class of 1960 
  • Miller L. Love, Jr., PE, FASCE, FACEC, FSAME, Citadel Class of 1962
  •  Dr. William F. Marcuson, III, Citadel Class of 1963

In six years of its existence, the MS in Project Management (MSPM) has gone from zero to approximately 35 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.

Current success and additional demand for engineering in the Lowcountry has allowed to now begin offering master’s degree programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Each program has multiple certificates included that allows for their incorporation into our current MS in Project Management and its associated certificates. 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. 

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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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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