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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.

Last year we started the new Mechanical Engineering program with 75 freshmen, 6 sophomores and 3 juniors. The estimated numbers of freshman that will be arriving in August 2015 is over 120. 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, we are nearing completion of a small building behind Grimsley Hall to support fabrication throughout the school and manufacturing courses and laboratories.

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

  • The ASCE Student Chapter was recognized as a Ridgway Award Finalist Chapter, one of the top five of 304 ASCE Student Chapters that includes 12 international student groups (The Citadel won the award in 2012, finalist in 2010 and 2011).
  • First Place in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) 24 hour Infrastructure Challenge (transportation system design for 25, 40, and 100 years in the future) by two Civil Engineering cadets and three Electrical Engineering Students (Navy Officer Candidate and two veterans).
  • The ASCE Student Chapter was recognized as The Distinguished Student Chapter of Region 4 that includes Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (recognized recently in 2010, 2011, and 2012).
  • 2015 First Place, IEEE Southeastern Region Ethics Contest (Cash Prize and repeat, also won in 2014).
  • The ASCE Student Chapter placed Third in the Carolina’s Conference which includes all of the engineering schools from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia Tech (we won the conference title back-to-back in 2013 and 2014).
  • The ASCE Student Chapter received the following recognition in the Carolina’s Conference Regional Concrete Canoe Competition: 1st place overall competition (going to the national competition 26-29 June, first time Clemson has been beaten in over two decades), 2nd place design paper, 2nd place final product, 2nd place coed endurance race, and 3rd place men's sprint.
  • James F. Scoggins Jr. Scholarship Medal for Tau Beta Pi
  • 2014 Gilbert H. Rowe Transportation Engineering Award from the South Carolina Section, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • 2014 Mac Nigles Award from the SC Pile Drivers Association
  • 2015 Carolina’s Conference Mead Competition Winner
  • Second 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 Heart Catholic Church).
  • 5th place in the International IGVC Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) division (Cash Prize) in June 2014 (took 9th in 2012). The competition was in Rochester, MI and had ~50 teams from 5 continents.
  • Two EE students and MBA Student: 2015 First Place in the First Annual Bulldog Business Bowl (Cash Prize and office space to launch business). Event started with over 25 teams and narrowed to five finalists (three engineering teams in the five)
  • Four EE cadets, one veteran, and a cadet business major, 2015 Third Place, First Annual Business Bowl (Engineering took two of the top three awards!).
  • Reeves Outstanding Math Student Award
  • Lee Clippard Scholarship from the SC Society of Professional Engineers

Students selected for senior awards:

CE Department End-of-Year Awards

  • 2015 Louis LeTellier Award: Zach Eulo
  • 2014 Colonel Loring K. Himelright Merit Award: Zach Eulo
  • 2015 Colonel Charles Lindberg Award: Jason Hatch (Evening Student)

EE Department End-of-Year Awards:

  • Peter Gaillard Award: Cadet Carson Smith
  • Charles Thurston Razor Award: OC Jason Shea

Of course, outstanding student success is nurtured by outstanding faculty. Our faculty have performed equally as well winning local, regional, and national awards: outstanding teaching, outstanding research, outstanding papers, Society Fellow recognition, Society Senior Member, Lowcountry Engineer of the Year, and three promoted to full professor.

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 (http://www.citadel.edu/root/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.

2015 Honorees

  • Linda Figg, Auburn University, President/CEO and Director of Bridge Art, FIGG Bridge Group
  • Edwin Burrow Hill, Jr., ’49, Retired, President and CEO, Hill Construction
  • William “Bill” Sansom, ’64, Chairman and CEO, H.T. Hackney Co
  • Guy Haywood White, III, ’56, Retired, President and CEO, Guy White and Associates

2014 Honorees

  • Gustavous Holmes Bell, III, ’59, Chairman of the Board, Emeritus, Hussey, Gay, Bell, & DeYoung
  • William H. Best, University of South Carolina, CEO, Thermal Engineering Corporation
  • Emmet Irwin Davis, Jr., ’50, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Davis & Floyd, Inc.
  • L. William Krause, ’63, Retired, President and CEO, 3COM
  • Charles F. Potts, ’66, Chairman of the Board, Heritage Construction & Materials
  • Andrew P. Sage, ’60, Retired, Dean, School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University

2013 Honorees

  • Eugene C. Figg, ’58, Founder, President and Director of Bridge Art, FIGG Engineering Group
  • Bernard M. Gordon, MIT, Retired Founder and Chairman of the Board for Analogic Corporation and Neurologic Corporation
  • MG (retired) Caroll LeTellier, ’49, Retired, US Army and VP, Sverdrup corporation
  • COL Louis S. LeTellier, University of Virginia, Retired Head, Civil Engineering and Acting President, The Citadel
  • Jack C. McCormac, ’48, Retired, Professor Emeritus, Clemson University
  • Clayton R. Paul, ’63, Sam Nunn Eminent Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Mercer University

In short five years of its existence, the MS in Project Management (MSPM) has gone from zero to 39 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. The growth of local industry motivated the School of Engineering to build the Mechanical Engineering program mentioned above to meet the growing demand for educating of the current workforce. Current success and additional demand for engineering master’s degrees has shaped our recent decision to submit master’s degree programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering to the SC Commission on Higher Education. We anticipate their approval this year and hope to offer our first courses within these degrees beginning the fall of 2016. 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 the lowcountry graduate 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) and newsletter to see in greater detail the exciting activities associated with The Citadel School of Engineering. If you are interested in attending The Citadel as a cadet, or entering our evening undergraduate programs, or becoming an evening graduate student in Project Management (with electives in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Leadership, Systems Engineering Management, and Information Assurance and Security (Thru University of South Carolina) among other options), I would invite you to contact me, go to the Department websites and/or visit the Admissions department 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: 843-953-6499

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