Col. Dennis Fallon Named Dean of The School of Engineering
Colonel Dennis Fallon has been named dean of the school of engineering, The Citadel announced today.
Fallon, who received his masters and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University, has served as department head for civil and environmental engineering for 10 years. While at The Citadel he has received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty award five times and the prestigious James A. Grimsley Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.
The college underwent an academic reorganization in November 2002, combining related departments into schools. The department of civil and environmental engineering and the department of electrical engineering were brought together under the school of engineering.
Fallon says that his new role as dean will require him to shift his focus from the daily operations of the department to long term issues. Recruiting will be a top priority.
“We are looking for outstanding high school students,” he said. Other roles as dean include establishing further ties with industry, professional engineers and alumni. These relationships are already particularly strong within the civil engineering department which Fallon has led since 1993. All classrooms within the department are equipped with the latest multimedia teaching tools, 80 percent of which were paid for by alumni.
Fallon is proud of this feat. “Our alumni have a vested interest in the college like no one else,” he said.
The department boasts consistent top three finishes in the annual American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Carolinas Conference. It has been named as one of the top 30 engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.