Department News & Events
October 19, 2016 -- MACS Leadership Day with Google
On Leadership Day, four folks from Google, including Jeff Stevenson, came to Thompson Hall for a Senior Leadership Integration Seminar. They have supported one of these seminars for the past 5 years and Dr. Michael Verdicchio has helped facilitate the last 4 of them. The previous ones have been at the Google office in Ladson, SC but this year there was some access protocal issues outside everyone's control.
September 9, 2016 -- Dr. Shankar Banik receives recognition award from the Citadel Board of Visitors
Dr. Shankar Banik was recognized by the Citadel Board of Visitors for the establishment of the Center for Intelligence and Cybersecurity, the earned designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, and his contribution to academics at the Citadel.
April 2016 -- National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
The Citadel has been designated as a national center of academic excellence in cyber defense education through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
April 16, 2016 -- Cadet Nathan McAnally presents at South Carolina Academy of Science
Nathan McAnally presented his reserach at the Annual South Carolina Academy of Science conference at Winthrop University. His presentation was entitled "A Series of Four Sums of a Fibonacci Number to the Fourth Power." -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Rigo Florez and Dr. Antara Mukherjee
April 10-11, 2016 -- Students compete at the 4th Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition
On April 10, Ike Clinton, Lance Cook, Andrew Fayed, Benjamin McIntosh, Sean Sullivan, and Anthony Zovich competed at the 4th Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition for Colleges at Trident Tech College. The team placed 3rd overall and 2nd in services. On April 11, Ike Clinton competed in the PCDC for Professionals with the US Cyber Comm team which placed 2nd overall and 1st in services. -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. George Rudolph
April 8-9, 2016 -- Cadets present at National Conference on Undergraduate Rsearch
Cadets Marcus Harbol and Nathan McAnally presented their research at NCUR in Asheville, NC on April 8-9. The application process to present is competitive, and we're excited to have two students present this year. Marcus's presentation was entitled "Augmented Happy Functions of Higher Power" and Nathan's presentation was entitled "A Series of Four Sums of a Fibonacci Number to the Fourth Power." -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Breeanne Swart; Dr. Rigo Florez and Dr. Antara Mukherjee
April 5-6, 2016 -- Studnets attend 2016 Military Operations Research Society Education and Professional Development Colloquium
Cadets Topper Knutson-Harper and Luke Tiscareno attended the 2016 MORS Education and Professional Development Colloquium at Fort Lee, VA. Topper's team wom the student competition. -- Faculty advisor: Dr. Li Zhang
March 2016 -- Dr. Deepti Joshi receives 3 year grant
Dr. Deepti Joshi received a National Geospatial Intelligence Grant for her research entitled "Anticipating social unrest using web-based spatio-temporal data-driven techniques." Her grant allows several students to work with her on this research. The grant runs through 2018 with the possibility of renewal.
March 2016 -- Dr. Shankar Banik receives NSA & NSF grant
Dr. Shankar Banik received a National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation GenCyber Grant to host a week long workshop for secondary teachers. With Dr. George Rudolph, Dr. Banik will be educating secondary teachers in cybersecurity during summer 2016.
March 25-26, 2016 -- Students attend the Mathematical Association of America Southeast Section Meeting
Cadets Marcus Harbol, Nathan McAnally, Cody Smithey, Luke Tiscareno, and Welfare Wang attended the MAA-SE annual meeting at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The students competed in the Jeopardy competition. They played well but were eliminated in the first round by one of the teams that competed in the final round. -- Facutly advisors: Dr. Mei Chen, Dr. Antara Mukherjee, Dr. Breeanne Swart, and Dr. David Trautman
Additionally, Marcus Harbol and Nathan McAnally presented their research. Marcus's presentation was entitled "Augmented Happy Functions of Higher Power" and Nathan's presentation was entitled "A Series of Four Sums of a Fibonacci Number to the Fourth Power." Nathan's presentation won an MAA-SE Walt and Susan Patterson Prize for an Outstanding Presentation. --Faculty advisors: Dr. Breeanne Swart; Dr. Rigo Florez and Dr. Antara Mukherjee
March 18, 2016 -- Students place at Citadel Student Research Conference
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department had two research projects place at the 2016 CSRC. John Adams (advisors: Florez and Zhang) places 2nd in the Graduate Research category with his poster entitled "Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers: Applications of Binet's Formula." James Carignan, Andrew Fayed, Newton McCollum, and Benjamin McIntosh (advisor: Joshi) placed 3rd in the Undergraduate STEM category with their poster entited "Using TWIG: India's Past Versus Present through Topical Analysis." In addition, 5 other research projects from the department were presented.
February 26-28 -- Students compete at 2016 Programming Contest at Mercer University
Lance Cook, Marcus Harbol, and Newton McCollum and Adrian Beaput, John Gaddy, and Anthony Zovich competed as two teams at the 2016 Programming Contest at Mercer University. This was a very difficult comtest with 13 problems total. Only 3 out of 39 teams solved more than 5 problems. Both Citadel teams, along with 15 others, sovled 2 problems correctly and were close to solutions on two others. -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Mike Verdicchio
February 6, 2016 -- Faculty and students participate in the 2016 STEM Festival
Cadets James Andrus, Jamme Butler, Marcus Harbol, and Grayson Smith assisted Professors Steve Cotter and Richard Robinson at the 2016 Charleston STEM Festival. The students and faculty interacted with kids of all ages.
January 30, 2016 -- Cybersecurity team competes in GhostRed Capture the Flag Contest
Ike Clinton, Luis Pena, Sean Sullivan, and Anthony Zovich placed 4th out of 16 teams at the GhostRed Capture the Flag Contest held at Clemson University. GhostRed is a Jeopardy-style cybersecurity competition. The team was in first place most of the day and fell to 4th at the end. -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. George Rudolph
January 26, 2016 -- Freshman Math Jeopardy
The Math Club hosted the Freshman Math Jeopardy competition on campus. 41 freshmen formed 10 teams and competed well.
December 2015 -- Brice Ayres placed 2nd in the 5th CDCA Student Mobile Application Competition
Patrick Brice Ayres won 2nd place in the 5th CDCA Student Mobile Application Competition. His app is called Academic Alert and allows parents to see information about this children including grades and absences. Parents can also update medical information and add/remove people from a list of authorized persons who can pick up and sign out their child from school. Faculty can use the app to help children in emergency situtations by quickly accessing medical information in case a student is having an allergic reaction. All the apps were able to be viewed at the C5ISR Summit December 2-4.
November 14, 2015 -- Programming team competes at ACM ICPC
Adrian Beaput, Netwon McCollum, and Anthony Zovich and Jeffrey Davis, John Gaddy, and Michael Newton formed two teams at the ACM ICPC contest at the College of Charleston. Beaput, Davis, and Newton had never been to a contest before, Beaput and Davis are freshmen, and Gaddy, Newton, and Davis were all filling in at the last minute. Despite that, the first team solved 5 problems and placed 27/62 total teams and 2/7 a tthe College of Charleston site. The second team solved 2 problems and placed 48/62 total teams and 5/7 at the College of Charleston site. -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Mike Verdicchio
November 6-8, 2015 -- Programming team competes at 2015 CCSC SE regional programming contest
Ike Clinton, Lance Cook, Newton McCollum, and Anthony Zovich competed in the 2015 Consortium for Computing Sciences in College SE Regional programming contest at Roanoak College in Salem, VA. The team placed 8 out of 30 teams solving 5 problems with the winning team solving 7. -- Faculty advisors: Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Mike Verdicchio
October 20, 2015 -- Upperclassmen Math Jeopardy
The Math Club hosted upperclassmen math Jeopardy in Grimsley Hall. 29 students formed 10 teams and competed well.
April 12, 2015 -- Students compete in the 3rd Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition
Patrick Ayres, Ike Clinton, Lance Cook, Luis Pena, Myles Spetsios, Anthony Zovich competed in the 3rd Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) at Trident Tech College on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Ike Clinton also participated in the annual "Pro-Day" event at the PCDC on Monday, April 13, as a member of US Cyber Command's (USCYBERCOM) team where they took first place. – Faculty advisors: Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. George Rudolph
April 11, 2015 -- Students present at South Carolina Academy of Sciences conference; one wins second place
At the 2015 SCAS Annual Meeting held at the Furman University, Greenville, SC, April 11, Marcus Harbol presented his paper on “Augmented Happy Functions of Higher Power,” and Kaige Lindberg presented his paper on “Sum of Squares of Lucas Numbers.” Marcus’ presentation won the 2nd Place in Math/Computer Science/Physics/Astronomy Oral Presentations.
March 13-14, 2015 -- Students present at MAA-SE conference; one wins first place
At the 2015 MAA-SE Annual Conference held at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, March 13-14, Marcus Harbol gave a presentation entitled “Augmented Happy Functions of Variable Power,” and Kaige Lindberg gave a presentation entitled “A Closed Form for the Sums of Squares of Consecutive Lucas Numbers.” Kaige’s presentation won a Student Presentation Award.
March 13-14, 2015 -- Students win first round of Math Jeopardy at MAA-SE conference
Ya-Fang Fang, Marcus Harbol, Angelica McNerny and Kevin Powell competed in the 2015 Math Jeopardy Contest organized by the MAA-SE at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, March 13-14. The team won the 1st round. – Faculty advisors: Dr. Mei Chen, Dr. Antara Mukherjee, Dr. Breeanne Swart and Dr. Dave Trautman.
March 9-10, 2015 -- MACS students participate in the 2015 MORS Education and Professional Development Colloquium
Peter Joseph, Newton McCollum, Ben McIntosh and Kaige Lindberg attended the 2015 MORS Education and Professional Development Colloquium held at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9-10. Peter Joseph, Newton McCollum and Ben McIntosh gave a poster presentation entitled “TWIG – The Web Information Gatherer” and Kaige Lindberg gave an oral presentation entitled “A closed form for the summation of Lucas numbers”. All four cadets also participated in the Richard E. Rosenthal Student Competition where each team consists of five or six students from different institutions, and McCollum’s team won the first place, and Lindberg’s team won the 2nd place. – Faculty advisor: Dr. Li Zhang
February 7, 2015 -- Math majors volunteer at the 2015 Charleston STEM festival
James Andrus, Topper Knutson-Harper, Marcus Harbol, and Angelica McNerny assisted Professor Steve Cotter at the 2015 Charleston STEM Festival, February 7, 2015.
December 9, 2014 -- Hour of Code hosted by the student chapter of ACM
From 6pm to 7pm on December 9, the Citadel Chapter of ACM hosted the 2014 Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour tutorial in computer programming event and is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Sixty-eight Citadel students majoring in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Science, and Psychology, participated in this event. Cadet Luis Pena, Chapter President, and his team members shared their computer programming experiences with all participants. Some participants were so excited after they had their first short programs. As one short hour was passing by, many students were hoping to have such a fun evening again soon. Faculty advisors for the Citadel ACM Chapter are Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Deepti Joshi.
December 6, 2014 -- Game club hosts first Game Night
The Citadel Game Club hosted a Game Night on Saturday, December 6. Twenty-five students, children and parents came for the Game Night. The faculty advisor is Dr. Todd Wittman.
November 17-20, 2014 -- Patrick Ayres wins 4th Annual CDCA Student Mobile Application Challenge
Compute Science major Patrick Ayres, competed in the 4th Annual Mobile Application Development Competition organized by the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA). Patrick’s mobile app submission entitled “Crime Watch” won the 1st place and was awarded $3250. Dr. Deepti Joshi is his faculty advisor and is also the advisor for his mobile app project. Patrick’s app project Crime Watch “allows users who witness a crime, dangerous situation or emergency, to enter a description of the event and upload it to a Google Map. A pin is dropped at their current location, which allows others in the nearby area to see the alert. Users can click on the pin, and a pop up with the description of the event is shown to them. ”
Patrick Ayres is an army veteran. He spent roughly six years in the Army as a medic before coming to The Citadel. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Staff Sergeant on 21 September 2013. Two weeks before separating from the Army, Patrick enrolled in computer science courses at the local community college in San Antonio so that he could start school right away and not miss a semester. After completing the semester at Northwest Vista community college, Patrick and his wife moved to Charleston in December of 2013. Patrick saw The Citadel as a good fit for his education. He appreciates the small classroom sizes and professors that are always available to help and answer his questions. Patrick is currently a junior at The Citadel and is planning to complete his Bachelors in Computer Science with a minor in Business in the Spring of 2016.
November 17-20, 2014 -- C5ISR Hack-a-Thon Competition
The Citadel team formed by computer science majors Patrick Ayres, Ike Clinton, and Lance Cook competed in the Hack-a-Thon held at the 8th Annual Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Government and Industry Summit, November 17-20, 2014, hosted by the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA). The Citadel team won the 4th place, the top of five college teams. The team faculty advisors are Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. George Rudolph.
November 7-8, 2014 -- CCSC Programming Competition
The Citadel Teams “RHINO” and “HIPPO” competed in the 2014 Programming Competition hosted by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College (CCSC) Southeast Section annual meeting held at the Lowcountry Graduate Center, November 7-8. Team RHINO was formed by computer science majors: Patrick Ayres, Ike Clinton, Lance Cook, and John Gaddy; and Team HIPPO was formed by computer science majors: Robert DeCort, Peter Joseph (also a Criminal Justice major), Newton McCollum and Anthony Zovich. The team faculty advisors are Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Mike Verdicchio.
November 1, 2014 -- South Carolina Junior Academy of Science Fall Workshop
The Fall Workshop started with Dean Lok Lew Yan Voon’s warm welcome remarks. Dr. Paul Anderson, Professor of Computer Science of College of Charleston, gave a very interesting and informative plenary presentation on big data. Followed were 12 workshops in science and mathematics, and engineering given by faculty from The Citadel, College of Charleston, and Trident Tech. Sixty-five high school teachers and students attended the SCJAS Fall Workshop. Seven high school teams participated in the first round of the Science Jeopardy Contest and then four teams with the highest scores from the first round advanced to the final round for the first and second places. Twenty Citadel faculty and students participated in the SCJAS Fall Workshop as Science Jeopardy hosts, workshop instructors, workshop participants and assistants.
May 2014 -- Dr. Michael Verdicchio was a recipient of the 2014 Medbery Teaching Award
Mathematics and Computer Science professor Micahel Verdicchio received the 2014 Medbery Teaching Award in recognition of his strong impact in freshman-level programs.
May 2014 -- Dr. Shankar Banik receives 2014 Citadel Graduate College Faculty Award
Mathematics and Computer Science professor Dr. Shankar Banik received the 2014 Citadel Graduate College Faculty Award for his significant contribution to and promotion of graduate education at The Citadel.
September 10, 2013 - The First Regional Southeast Conference on Cyber Security for National Security Charleston, South Carolina
May 3, 2013 - Dr. Dave Trautman was a recipient of the Honors Program Award
Mathematics and Computer Science Professor David Trautman, acclaimed by students taking Honors Mathematics for his easy-going style and love of mathematics, was awarded the Honors Program Award for Teaching Excellence at the annual certificate presentation luncheon for Honors students on May 3.
November 3, 10, 2012 - CCSC and ACM Computer Programming Contests
The 2012-2013 Programming Team has seniors Ian Nielson and Derek Bernsen serving as co-captains, along with OC Nathan Cintula and juniors Hugh Urey and Christopher Mims as members. Of this team, only Mr. Nielson has ever competed in anything like this before, as he was a member last year.
On 03 November, Mr. Nielson, Mr. Bernsen, Mr. Cintula and Mr. Urey competed as a 4-person team at The Nineteenth Annual Southeastern Small College Programming Contest taking place in conjunction with the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC): Southeastern Conference at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA. The contest featured eight problems to be solved in a 3-hour time limit, with only two team members allowed at the computer at any given time. Despite only a few practices and three first-time competitors, we placed 11th out of 29 teams, correctly solving 5 out of 8 problems. A post-analysis revealed that we were one minor data type mistake away from 6th place, and that with one additional fix we would have tied for 4th. For a brand new team with little experience, this was a great result.
On 10 November, Mr. Nielson, Mr. Bernsen and Mr. Cintula were ready to depart for the next contest, which features 3-person teams. With Mr. Urey obligated to Army Contract commitments, we would still be able to field a full team. At the last minute, however, pressing family matters required that Mr. Cintula stay home as well, leaving us with only two members. Luckily, Mr. Mims stepped up to be the third team member, despite having never practiced with the team and having no prior competition experience.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) sponsors this international programming contest for college students, known as the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) sponsored by IBM. Teams of three students write computer programs to solve a set of problems in five hours. Programming teams from the states of MS, AL, GA, SC, and FL compete at the Southeast Region (SER) Contest; the best team represents the region at the world finals. The 2012 ACM Southeast USA regional programming contest was distributed via the Internet over several sites -- we attended the site located at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, GA.
All 48 teams in our division were given five hours to solve ten problems. At the four hour mark, only one team had solved a third problem. By the conclusion, three teams (from large universities) had solved three problems each, with each of those teams solving a different third problem. In other words, the problems were REALLY hard. Six teams solved zero problems at all. Fifteen teams solved only one problem. We were among the teams that solved two problems, despite having only one veteran team member and one team member who had never practiced with us at all. Again, for our team, this was a great result.
November 13, 2012 - Math Jeopardy II (for Freshmen)
The 2012 Citadel Math Jeopardy Contest II for freshmen went very well last night (Nov. 13) in Grimsley Hall 117. Six teams with a total of 16 students competed in the contest:
(1) The Battery: Gregory Maris (CE), James Munson (CE), Fallon Weaver (CE)
(2) The Double Chens: Michael Chen (EE), Yu-Fu Chen (EE), Amber Mills (CE)
(3) Engineers Lead the Way: Shawn Cheshire (EE), Austin Shelters (EE), Patrick Simmons (CE)
(4) Team Go Bulldogs: Hudson Cole (EE), Cody Pasqual (EE)
(5) K^3: Dylan Green (Physics), Kaige Lindberg (Math), Kaylynn Wells (Math)
(6) Computer Science Team: Lance Cook (CS), Joshua Terry (CS)
During Round One, all teams fought well with math jeopardy questions in derivatives, logarithms, inequalities, and roots. Four teams with the highest scores advanced to the final round. These teams were The Battery, K^3, The Double Chens and Computer Science Team. The battle of the math jeopardy was getting more intense during the final round with questions in limits, areas and volumes, applications of derivative, and trigonometry. The teams The Battery and K^3 won the First Place and the Second Place, respectively. At the conclusion of the competition, Dr. John Moore, the head of Math and Computer Science, presented award certificates and awards to all first place and second place winners. Click here for more details and photos.
October 23, 2013 - Math Jeopardy Contest I
The 2012 Citadel Math Jeopardy Contest I for all students went great last night (Oct. 23) in Grimsley Hall 117. Six teams with a total of 18 students competed in the contest:
(1) Engineering Enthusiasts: Younggun Kim (EE), Ya-Fang Fang (EE)
(2) Greater Than Two: Wei-Fang Liu (MATH), Shih-Chuan Hung (MATH)
(3) Navy Team: Michael Lacey (EE), Clarese Neill (MATH), Samuel Long (PHYS), Jake Stevens (CE)
(4) Not Your Business: Hao-Chen Hsu (BUSI), Po-Hsin Huang (BUSI), Ting-Wei Liang (BUSI)
(5) Physics Team: Ryan Boodee (PHYS/MATH), John Watson (MATH), Marc Straniere (EE)
(6) The Sierra Sissy's: Justin Turner (CE), Zachary Eulo (CE), Henry Mills (CE), Benjamin Martin (CE)
During Round One, all teams fought well with math jeopardy questions in integration, vector calculus, series and mathematicians. Three teams with the highest scores advanced to the final round. These teams were Greater Than Two, Navy, and Physics. The battle of the math jeopardy was getting more intense during the final round. The teams Greater Than Two and Physics won the First Place and the Second Place, respectively. At the conclusion of the competition, Dr. Lew Yan Voon, the dean of Math and Science, presented award certificates and awards to all first place and second place winners.
April 19, 2012 – Based on the recommendations of the Department, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Dean, and the Provost, Dr. George Rudolph was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Dr. Shankar Banik was awarded academic tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
September 29, 2011 – The Department held a retirement drop-in for Mrs. Elaine Singletary. The Department was extremely fortunate to have had the services of Elaine as Administrative Assistant/Department Secretary for 6 years. Her friendly smile and dedicated work ethic will be missed by everyone in the department, but we certainly wish her the best in her retirement.
October 2, 2010 – The Department held a retirement party for Dr. Jean-Marie Pages, Dr. Spencer P. Hurd, and Dr. M. Ishaq Zahid at the home of John and Kayran Moore. Collectively these three faculty provided the department and the college more than 90 years of dedicated service and leadership, and they are, quite simply, irreplaceable. All three will received the Emeritus designation following their retirement, and their day-to-day presence will be greatly missed by colleagues and students alike.
April 25, 2010 – The Department held a retirement party for Dr. Stephen D. Comer and Dr. Peter Greim at the home of John and Kayran Moore. During their combined 60 years on the faculty (35 for Steve and 25 for Peter), these two outstanding members of the faculty taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and served in various leadership positions at both the department and college levels. Most notably, Steve served as the department head from 1993-1998, and Peter served as Chair of the Faculty Council from 1990-1991. Both Steve and Peter were named as Citadel Foundation Faculty Fellows at various points during their academic careers. The professionalism, dedication, and hard work of these two individuals earned them the deep respect from students, colleagues on the faculty, and the college administration. Both Peter and Steve received the designation of Professor Emeritus following their retirement. They will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of working with them over the years.
April 20, 2010 – Based on the recommendations of the Department, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Dean, and the Provost, Dr. Li Zhang was awarded academic tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at The Citadel, effective at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.
Nov. 17, 2009 – Randy Bresnik (BA in Mathematics, 1989), The Citadel's first astronaut alumnus, was a crew member of the space shuttle Atlantis as it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center to the orbiting International Space Station. During the 11-day mission Bresnik took part in two of the three space walks, and his wife gave birth to their daughter, Abigail Mae Bresnik. Here are a few links containing additional information about Randy and the Atlantis mission:
- The Citadel in Space
- Citadel grad's job a real blast
- Citadel grad astronaut takes first spacewalk
- Baby's birth a celestial experience for this dad
- Randolph Bresnik (WikiPedia)
- Randolph J. Bresnik (NASA Astronaut Bio)
May 8, 2009 – Based on the recommendations of the Department, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Dean, and the Provost, Dr. George Rudolph was awarded academic tenure at The Citadel, effective at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year.
April 14, 2009 – The Department held its annual Awards and Presentations Banquet at the Riverview Room, where we enjoyed an excellent meal and were treated to presentations by several of our seniors. Winners of the 2009 Reves Award (see below) were recognized as well as participants in the programming team, the Math Jeopardy team, and The Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference.
March 13-14, 2009 – Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics 2009, BS in Computer Science 2009), Tso-chun Meng (BS in Mathematics 2010), Chonmanart Ngampeerapong (Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2010), and Joshua Zimmer (BS in Mathematics 2009) represented The Citadel at the 2009 Math Jeopardy Competition held during the annual conference of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA-SE) at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Coached by Dr. Mei Chen and Dr. Li Zhang, the team worked very hard in preparation for the event, where they placed third among 24 teams.
Tao-hsiang and Joshua also presented their posters on “Inverse Eigenvalue Problems Arising in Population Models” and “Properties of Special Square Matrices over a Field," respectively, at the Student Poster Session of the conference.
March 13-14, 2009 – Christopher Jordan Hall (BS in Mathematics 2009), Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics 2009, BS in Computer Science 2009), and Joshua Zimmer (BS in Mathematics 2009) presented posters at The Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. As a double major, Tao-hsiang Chang presented two posters, one in Mathematics and one in Computer Science. Chris Hall received one of the three awards given by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for his poster entitled “Linear Recurrence Relations in Music.“
March 11, 2009 – Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics 2009, BS in Computer Science 2009), Brennin Scott Colegrove (BS in Computer Science 2009, BS in Physics 2009), Christopher Jordan Hall (BS in Mathematics, 2009), and Benjamin Anderson Hunter (BS in Computer Science 2009) were selected by the Department faculty to receive the 2009 George E. Reves Award for superior ability and outstanding accomplishments in their respective majors. Here is a picture of the award recipients with Dr. Jerry Reves, his wife Jenny, and his two daughters Christy and Betsy. Dr. Reves, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, established the award in 1976 to honor his father, Dr. George E. Reves, who served as a member of the mathematics faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.
November 24, 2008 – The department was deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Hughes B. Hoyle III. Hughes had a wide range of experience in both industry and academia, but his first love was teaching, and he was among the most popular faculty members in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was the author or coauthor of several research publications in mathematics as well as a book on discrete mathematics. He was also the founder of Hoyle and Hoyle Software, which created computer adventure games and database systems in the early 1980's. Hughes taught courses in both mathematics and computer science throughout his adult life, including 22 years at The Citadel, until his retirement in August 2008. Hughes will be missed by all students and faculty who had the pleasure of knowing him or taking one of his classes.
November 8, 2008 – Coached by Dr. Shankar Banik, the programming team of Cadets Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics, BS in Computer Science, 2009) and Zack Aardahl (BS in Computer Science, 2011) placed 8th out of 25 teams from southeastern colleges and universities at the CCSC (Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges) 2008 programming contest in Augusta, Georgia. Since the other teams had four members versus only two for The Citadel team, this was an exceptional accomplishment. Congratulations to Dr. Banik and Cadets Chang and Aardahl.
August 18, 2008 – Dr. Margaret Francel began a full-year sabbatical for the 2008-2009 academic year to pursue research and general faculty development in computer science. She will spend part of the year at Wake Forest University working with Dr. David John.
August 14, 2008 – The B.S. in Computer Science program has been accredited by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. This was the initial accreditation for the program, but the accreditation action extends retroactively from October 1, 2006, so that students who graduated after that date are considered to have graduated under an accredited program.
May 3, 2008 – Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) was recognized as the First Honor Graduate of the class of 2008 at Commencement. Click here to read the official news release from The Citadel Public Affairs Office.
April 23, 2008 – Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) was a recipient of a $500 Phi Beta Kappa scholarship. This scholarship is presented annually by the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association to three students (one each from The Citadel, the College of Charleston, and Charleston Southern) majoring in one of the liberal arts or sciences with the highest academic achievements. Dr. Mei Chen sponsored Jacky for this scholarship. Click here for a photo of the event.
April 20, 2008 – The Citadel chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held an induction banquet on Sunday. Logan Patrick Daigle (BS in Computer Science, 2008) and Brennin Scott Colegrove (BS in Physics and BS in Computer Science, 2009) were among 29 cadets inducted for their superlative achievements. Click here to see these two cadets at the induction. Also appearing in the picture are current and former faculty members Mei Chen, John Moore, and Russ Thompson.
April 14, 2008 – Logan Patrick Daigle (BS in Computer Science, 2008) was inducted as an associate member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, at the annual Sigma Xi initiation ceremony and banquet. Logan Daigle and Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) were recipients of the Sigma Xi Best Poster Award for their poster presentations given at the Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Spencer Hurd, research project advisors of Cadet Daigle and Cadet Chen, respectively, and Dr. Chuck Groetsch, Dean of School of Science and Mathematics, and computer science faculty members Dr. Dave Trautman, Dr. Margaret Francel, and Dr. Mei Chen also attended the ceremony. Click here for photos.
April 11, 2008 – Franco Luis Villongco (BS in Mathematics, 2008) has been accepted into the Master of Science program in Operations Research at Columbia University in New York, and he was awarded a SMART (The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation) fellowship by the Department of Defense for his study at Columbia University.
March 28–29, 2008 – The Citadel’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted the 87th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA-SE). 457 mathematicians, college professors, high school teachers and college students from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee participated in the conference.
The conference opened with welcoming remarks given by Dr. Sam Hines, Provost of The Citadel, and went smoothly with 3 invited lectures, 23 paper sessions (125 papers in all) presented by students and faculty, 4 short courses, and a session of 29 student posters. There were also several student activities including a Math Jeopardy Competition participated in by 16 teams of college students from the southeastern section. The Citadel team was formed by Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008), Chris Hall (BS in Mathematics, 2009) and Tso-Jun Meng (BS in Mathematics, 2010). One of the conference highlights was the conference dinner held at the Citadel Beach House on Friday, featuring Dr. Chuck Groetsch, Dean of School of Science and Mathematics, as the dinner speaker.
Eleven faculty members and six students from The Citadel participated in the conference. Among them, four were presenters and six were session chairs. The conference local organizing committee was formed by Dr. Shankar Banik, Dr. Mei Chen (Local Arrangements Chair), Dr. Margaret Francel, Dr. John Moore, and Dr. Dave Trautman.
Detailed conference information can be found at the conference website, http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/MAA-SE/webpage_08.htm.
March 14, 2008 – Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008), Logan Patrick Daigle (BS in Computer Science, 2008), and Franco Luis Villongco (BS in Mathematics, 2008) were selected by the Department faculty to receive the 2008 George E. Reves Award for superior ability and outstanding accomplishments in their respective majors. Click here for a picture of Jacky, Logan, and Dr. Jerry Reves, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, Dr. George E. Reves, who served as a member of the mathematics faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.
July 16, 2007 – The Citadel started participation in the PlanetLab Global Research Network, an international computer networking research consortium headed by Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Washington. PlanetLab provides an overlay testbed designed to allow the researchers to experiment with network applications and services that benefit from distribution across a wide geographic area. We are honored to be the only college in South Carolina to be accepted into this elite group. Our membership is due to the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Shankar Banik. PlanetLab represents an excellent opportunity for our faculty and our students. For more information about PlanetLab, visit their web page at http://www.planet-lab.org/.
May 2, 2007 – Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, held an initiation ceremony and banquet on Thursday. For their accomplishments in research, Computer Science faculty member Dr. Shankar Banik was inducted as a full member, and Cadet Dai-Yi Wu (BS in Mathematics, 2007) and Cadet Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) were inducted as associate members. Dr. Chuck Groetsch, Dean of School of Science and Mathematics and the Traubert Chair in Science and Mathematics, was the after-dinner speaker. Mathematics faculty members Dr. Dave Trautman, Dr. Spencer Hurd, and Dr. Mei Chen also attended the ceremony.
April 21, 2007 – Members of The Citadel’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), along with several members of the faculty, participated in an Earth Day community service project called Clean Cities Sweep. The group volunteered to pick up trash and debris in Wagener Terrace neighborhoods on the north side of campus. Students participating in the project included Michael Cullen, Brian Gilbert, Steven Willis, Aaron Brown, Alexander Volandt, and Ben Hunter. Faculty included Margaret Francel, Li Zhang, Chuck Groetsch, Shankar Banik, and John Moore. Click here to see a picture of the group at the conclusion of the project. Also shown in the picture is Lauretta Lemon Dailey, President of the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association.
April 19, 2007 – Dai-Yi Wu (BS in Mathematics, 2007) and Nawapong Unsuree (Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2007) were selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics. Click here for a picture of Dai-Yu (far right) and Nawapong (far left), with Christy and Betsy Reves, granddaughters of Dr. George Reves, for whom the award is named.
April 19, 2007 – The Department held its annual Awards and Presentations Banquet at the Riverview Room, where we enjoyed an excellent meal and were treated to presentations by several of our majors. The Reves Award was formally presented at the end of the banquet.
August 14, 2006 – The department welcomes Dr. Shankar Banik, who recently received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. Shankar’s research interests are in the areas of Computer Networks and Multimedia and Mobile Systems. Click here for additional information about our newest faculty member. We are excited to have Shankar in our department, and we look forward to many years of great accomplishments as a member of The Citadel faculty.
June 12, 2006 – John R. (Jack) Douglas (BA in Mathematics, 1992) was elected Vice Chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors. Click here to read the announcement, and here for Jack’s brief biographical summary and his BOV committees.
April 24, 2006 – The Department held a retirement party for Dr. William A. (Bill) Denig at the home of Steve and Connie Comer. During his 29 years on the faculty, Bill taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in both mathematics and computer science. His professionalism and dedication will be greatly missed by his students, his colleagues on the faculty, and the college administration.
April 17, 2006 – Edwin M. Spencer (Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2006) was selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics. Click here to see a picture of Win and Jerry Reves. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, George Reves, who served as a member of the faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.
April 17, 2006 – The Department held its annual end-of-year event. This year, instead of our usual picnic, we held an Awards and Presentations Banquet at the Riverview Room.
February 2006 – Randolph J. (Randy) Bresnik (BA in Mathematics, 1989) recently completed NASA astronaut training and is now available to be assigned as the pilot on the next space mission. Here's a link to his official NASA biography: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bresnik-rj.html.
September 22, 2005 – The Department held a retirement party for Doris Deas at the home of John and Kayran Moore. Doris served as the Department Secretary for over 31 years, working under six different department heads. She was the first full-time secretary for the department. We thank Doris for her years of faithful and cheerful service to the department.
August 2004-May 2005 – Professor Mei Chen was awarded a sabbatical by the college and the Citadel Foundation. Mei spent the fall semester working on three research projects in matrix theory with the Department of Mathematics at University of Connecticut, and she spent the spring semester investigating stabilities of adaptive filters in signal processing with the Center for High-speed Information Processing at Utah State University. Click here to see a picture of Mei describing her research to Dr. Donald A. Steven, Provost and Dean of the College.
April 19, 2005 – Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005) was selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics. Click here to see a picture of Shawna and Jerry Reves. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, George Reves, who served as a member of the faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.
April 19, 2005 – The Department held its annual end-of-year picnic.
March 26, 2005 – The Citadel team consisting of cadets Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005), Kevin Young (BS in Physics and Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2005), Pisut Muangsamai (BS in Physics, 2005), and Jui-Chiang Chen (BA in Mathematics, 2008) took first place in the Math Jeopardy contest at the SIAM-SEAS conference (see news item below). The competition featured teams representing eight other colleges and universities in the southeast. Click here to see a picture of the winning team and here to read the official Citadel news release.
March 25-26, 2005 – The Southeast Atlantic Section (SEAS) of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) held its 2005 annual meeting at The Citadel and the College of Charleston. There were four invited speakers, two short courses, nine mini-symposia, undergraduate Math Jeopardy, and several contributed and student paper sessions. Please see the conference web site for details. Four Citadel cadets, Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005), Kevin Young (BS in Physics and Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2005), Pisut Muangsamai (BS in Physics, 2005), and Jui-Chiang Chen (BA in Mathematics, 2008) gave up part of their spring break to participate as a team in the Math Jeopardy contest. Citadel Provost Dr. Donald Steven gave opening remarks on March 25. Citadel Professor Mei Chen was one of the organizers of the conference.
December 30, 2004 – Reid Ingraham, a faculty member in this department for 35 years, passed away in Rocky Mount, NC. Reid will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by current and former colleagues in the department and by the generations of cadets who were fortunate enough to have him as a professor in their mathematics courses.
October 25, 2004 – Capt. Trent Bottin (BS in Computer Science, 1998) has been accepted into the Masters program in Computer Science at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California. He will start this program in July, 2005.
October 19, 2004 – Dr. Charles Cleaver, Professor of Mathematics, was selected to receive a Krause Award in recognition of significant contributions, excellent performance, and an exceptional work ethic. Established in 1999 by a grant from the Krause Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding members of The Citadel staff and faculty who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the goals of the college.
October 7, 2004 – Rev. Lee Selzer (BS in Computer Science, 1990) was selected to serve as priest for parishes that include churches in Newberry, Laurens, and Joanna.
September 14, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004) recently received notification that he has been selected as a recipient for a Fulbright Scholarship to study the development of e-government in New Zealand starting in January. New Zealand is the primary country in the world in the use of electronic forms for government processes. Congratulations, Pat, on this well-deserved honor. Click here to read the details of Pat’s selection.
September 15, 2004 – Prakash Chanchana (BS in Mathematics, 2002) passed the qualifying exams for Ph.D in Mathematics at North Carolina State University. Congratulations Prakash on reaching this major milestone on your way to earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics.
August 2004-April 2005 – Kevin Young (Minor in Applied Mathematics and BS in Physics, 2005) was selected as a South Carolina Space Grant Consortium Research Scholar. Kevin will spend the 2004-2005 school year developing an algorithm that will allow automated telescopes to observe stars in the most efficient and timely manner as possible.
August 1, 2004 – Lee S. Dewald (BS in Mathematics, 1969) is named as Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Virginia Military Institute. Click here to visit Lee‘s home page at VMI. With this appointment Lee becomes the third graduate from this department who is currently serving as an academic department head in the mathematical sciences, joining Tom Trotter (BS in Mathematics, 1965), who holds a similar position at Georgia Tech, and John Moore (BS in Mathematics, 1970) who serves as department head at The Citadel.
Summer 2004 – Kevin Young (Minor in Applied Mathematics and BS in Physics, 2005) was selected as a Nanoscience Undergraduate Research Scholar. For his research project Kevin spent several weeks this summer working on Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy using silver and gold nanoparticles at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
May 17-28,2004 – Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005) was selected to participate in the Program for Women in Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. The topic of the program was Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.
May, 2004 – Dr. Charles A. Rains (BS in Mathematics, 1978), a Professor of Physics at Presbyterian College, was voted Professor of the Year for the 2003-2004 academic school year and selected to give the commencement speech to the Class of 2004. Dr. Rains also teaches in the summer program of the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Click here to read more about Dr. Rains' selection as Professor of the Year.
May 8, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004) and Mei Chen (Professor of Mathematics) receive major awards at The Citadel Commencement exercises. Pat received the scholarship medal as first honor graduate of the graduating class, and Mei received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding contributions to the college. Click here for a picture of Pat receiving his award and here for a picture of Mei.
May 5, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004) and Joe Hoerl (BS in Computer Science, 2004) are selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Computer Science. Click here to see a picture of Pat, Joe, and Jerry Reves. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, George Reves, who served as a member of the faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.
April 27, 2004 – The Department held a retirement party for Charles Cleaver at the home of Jean Marie and Jane Pages. The Department will miss Charles’ friendly smile and his steady leadership.
April 26, 2004 – The Department held its annual end-of-year picnic.
April 20, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004), Joe Hoerl (BS in Computer Science, 2004), Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005), and Kevin Young (Minor in Applied Mathematics and BS in Physics, 2005) were inducted into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society.
April 8, 2004 – Paul Buhler (BS in Computer Science, 1986) successfully defended his doctoral research, which has been conducted at the University of South Carolina. His Ph.D. in Computer Engineering will be conferred in December 2004, making him the first known Citadel graduate to get a Ph.D. in a computer-related field. Paul's research in software architectures for dynamic workflow enactment has received recognition from the EU funded research project named CrossWork (www.crosswork.info). Paul provided support to this project for eight weeks during the summer of 2004 as a visiting researcher at PROFACTOR Produktionsforschungs GmbH in Steyr, Austria. Paul is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston where he also directs the graduate program in computer science.
March-April, 2004 – Joe Hoerl (BS in Computer Science, 2004), under the direction of Dr. Hughes Hoyle and Dr. John Peeples, conducted a senior research project on robotics through The Citadel's Honors Program, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Department of Electrical Engineering. This project explored robot autonomy and survivability and their practical uses in the area of mobile robotics. Joe was invited to present his research at the Southern Regional Honors Conference at UNC Wilmington in April 2004, and he won third place in an undergraduate research poster competition at The Citadel also in March 2004.