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Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to Mechanical Engineering – The Citadel’s Newest Egineering Department!me rabb

We are very enthusiastic that the South Carolina Committee on Higher Education approved The Citadel’s request to initiate a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering program on 3 October 2013. Since then, we have developed the curriculum and taught our first year of Mechanical Engineering courses. The Mechanical Engineering Program of Study offers focused tracks in Power and Energy, Manufacturing, Aeronautical Systems, Materials (Composites), and Mechatronics.

We will be offering Mechanical Engineering courses to freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students in the 2015-1016 academic year. Freshmen will take Introduction to Mechanical Engineering in the fall 2015 as they begin their four year Mechanical Engineering program, and sophomore cadets will take Statics and Circuits. For juniors, we will have cadet and veteran students during the day and full-time evening students transferring from Trident Technical College in the summer 2015 (2+2 programs). They will take Computer Aided Design, and prepare for fall courses in Thermo-Fluids, Measurements and Instrumentation, and Engineering Materials. Our senior evening students will take Heat Transfer, Mechatronics, and begin their senior design projects. The full-time evening Mechanical Engineering program mirrors current full-time evening 2+2 programs in Civil and Electrical Engineering. We have been ordering new lab equipment to supplement our classroom instruction and provide some “hands-on” learning. We will continue to procure equipment as our enrollment grows. Additionally, two more faculty joined us last year, and we anticipate adding another faculty member during the next academic year.

Engineering has had a proud record of significant contributions at The Citadel since its inception in 1842. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was established in 1912 and became accredited in 1936. Upon review of the history of The Citadel, civil and military engineering was a cornerstone course for all senior cadets in 1842. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was established in 1941 and became accredited in 1976. We have now proudly added mechanical engineering to our slate of influential engineering programs. We will apply for accreditation of the mechanical engineering program as soon as we have our first graduate – we are estimating in May 2016. Once accreditation is awarded, it is retroactive to the previous two graduating classes. The student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was established in 2015.We will continue to establish student chapters of Mechanical Engineering organizations as student interest grows during the 2015-2016 academic year.

I invite you to learn more about us through the rest of the department website to see in greater detail the exciting activities associated with Citadel Engineering. If you are interested in attending The Citadel as a cadet or entering our evening undergraduate programs, I invite you to contact me, explore the rest of the website, and/or visit the Admissions Department to gather more information.

You can reach me at:

Robert J. Rabb, LTC (Retired), PhD, PE
Mechanical Engineering Department Head
The Citadel
171 Moultrie Street Charleston, SC 29409
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Office phone: 843-953-0520
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