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Faculty News and Research

The Citadel is distinguished by its military culture and academic excellence. Increasingly, The Citadel’s faculty, cadets and students are recognized for their critical research projects. Many highly respected members of our faculty are among the top thought-leaders in their field, are leading community and industry initiatives and are sought after as experts by local and national media. 

Here are some highlights:

Citadel Faculty News and Recognition

Saul Adelman, Ph.D., professor, physics and stellar astronomy. Dr. Adelman becomes president of The International Astronomical Union in August of 2015. Previously, Adelman served as vice president for the Astronomical Photometry and Polarimetry Commission. He has published more than 350 papers and is a guest investigator on the Hubble Space Telescope project.

Holly Bevsek, Ph.D., professor and head of The Citadel Department of Chemistry. Dr. Bevsek was selected as a recipient of the Insight into Diversity magazine's 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. Bevsek's work at the college centers strongly on leading student research.

Kevin Bower, Ph.D., P.E., head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Bower received the D. Graham Copeland Professorship of Civil Engineering in 2015 for his outstanding commitment to the industry. The professorship was started in 2014 by Paola Copeland Groverman, in memory of her father, D. Graham Copeland, who is credited for building a portion of the Florida Everglades road called the Tamiami Trail which is still in use today. 

Timothy W. Mays, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering received three prestigious national awards in 2015. He was named the first recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Susan M. Frey Engineering Education Award. He also received the David L. Kelly Distinguished Engineer Award, a prestigious national honor given for “outstanding design contributions and leadership” in structural engineering by Tilt-Up Concrete. Mays also earned second place in the NCEES Engineering Award for connecting Professional Practice and Education for the incorporation of design activities into the classroom.

Johnston Peeples, Ph.D., PE, head of The Citadel Department Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Peeples was appointed to the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors by Governor Nikki Haley after being nominated by the South Carolina Council of Engineering and Surveying Societies (SCCESS) for the seat in 2015.

David L. Preston, Ph.D., Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies, Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Preston's most recent book, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History) was released in July of 2015 byOxford University Press. Preston's book reveals new insights into the battle and establishes Braddock’s Defeat as a pivotal point for Indian, French, Canadian and British peoples in the eighteenth century.

F. Michelle Richardson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Citadel Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science. Dr. Richardson was selected to attend the Summer Institute for the Development of Curriculum in Antisemitism Studies held at Hertford College, in Oxford. Participants will develop a course syllabus and curriculum in the interdisciplinary study of antisemitism to be taught in their home university upon completion. The event is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. 

Kyle S. Sinisi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History. Dr. Sinisi's most recent book, The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864 (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era), was released in July 2015 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing. It focuses on Confederate General Sterling Price and his attempt to liberate Missouri from Union occupation and guerilla warfare.

Charles O. Skipper, Ph.D., PE., PMP., chair of The Citadel Department of Engineering Leadership and Program Management, Col. United States marine Corps, (Ret.). Dr. Skipper was featured as the key interview in Civil Engineering magazine in June of 2015. The article was about his strategies for succession planning.

Mary Katherine Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was the 2015 recipient of the American Society of Engineering Education - Southeast Section's Outstanding New Teacher Award. The annual award is presented a faculty member who has less than four years of teaching experience and who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom.

Ronald W. Welch, Ph.D., PE., dean of The Citadel School of Engineering. Dr. Welch was designated an American Society for Engineering Education Fellow and a Society of American Military Engineers Fellow. He was also named engineer of the Year (2014-15) by the Charleston Engineers' Joint Council.

Research Examples

Physical Activity and National Security

Surface-electrode Ion Trap

Cooper River Bridge Run

Copidosoma Floridanum wasp

Black River Ecology

Atsa Suborbital Observatory

Laser Desorption Infrared Spectroscopy

Father of Silicene

Marine Plastic Debris in Charleston Harbor