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Civil Engineering Retaining Wall Competition: November 25, 2012
The competition was held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The Citadel Competitive Robots (CCR) took their robot “Zergling” to the three day event.
Student achievement and accomplishments were recognized during the 2013 CEE Awards Banquet. Afterwards, students participated in the Order of the Engineer Ceremony, which included 46 students taking the Obligation of An Engineer, initiated to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. Department awards included:
Pictured below: Students taking the Order of the Engineer Oath
The 2013 Citadel Electrical Engineering Design Symposium (CEEDS) was held in Copeland Auditorium on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
CEEDS was initiated in the early 1990s as a forum for presentation and publication of senior design project work. Citadel electrical engineering seniors must complete a two-semester capstone during which they work in 3-5 person teams to conceive, design and construct an engineering prototype. The nature of the projects has ranged widely over the decades but all are required to have significant hardware and software design and integration components.
Below is a list of this year’s presentation topics and their presenters.
- Reducing Accidental Firearm Injuries with an RFID Firearm Safety System (RFSS) -- Mitchell L. Anastasio, Leleia A. Hsia, Caleb A. Sawchuk, Christian A. Scowcroft
- 2013 IEEE SoutheastCon Competition: Autonomous Shipping- Container Sorting Robot -- Tyren Cummings, Jerry Feagin, Benjamin Jenkins, Jared Langan, Brian Stevick
- Intelligent Pill Cap System for Enhancing Prescription Adherence -- Brandon Biggs, Ben Brightwell, Aaron Bonilla, Landon Stultz
- Intelligent Pharmaceutical Dispense -- T.Grier, A. Hyskell, K. Clayton, A. Boatwright
- Pill Bottle Platform -- S.J.Amalla, J.R. Isham, S.E.Lowe, D.H.Sturgis, Jr.
- Autonomous Land Navigation Vehicle System: ZERGLING --- Michael Lacey, Jonathan Hager, Athanasios Athanason, Nathan Cintula
- SmartHome Design – Wireless Home Electrical Monitor and Control Device -- William C. Crowley, Benjamin S. Gislason, Matthew M. Green, William A. Harney, Jr.
- The Cipher, an Encryption Device for Android Phones using the Data Encryption Standard -- A.W. Allsbrook, J. D. Puckett, J. A. Randall, J. R. Cooper
- Spectrum Analyzer -- J.J. Cammarato, M.S. Kay, A.M. Qteifan, D.W. Thomas
- Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting -- D.G. Paspalaris,EIT, A.S. Goodson, R.W.Finke, M.C. Blackwood
The Society of Military Engineers hosted a great discussion on power and how the people of the world are constantly adapting to meet rising power demands. They also discussed how we are trying to switch from unclean energy sources to clean, renewable sources, and the challenges involved. SAME is a joint society (Civil and Electrical) that is committed to uniting all engineers into one. They also encourage Computer Scientists and Mathematicians to join them.
Citadel ASCE student Chapter competed in the 2013 ASCE Carolinas Conference hosted by Univ. of South Carolina. Citadel students placed 1st in the transportation competition. Teams of four undergraduate students were asked to conduct 1.) traffic signal warrant analysis, 2.) evaluate left turn phasing, 3.) determine pedestrian and vehicular clearance timing and 4.) develop an overall signalized intersection layout plan. Students were given two hours to complete their submittals. The Citadel transportation team included: 1. OC Michael Wissehr, Capt. (2013 SC ITE Gilbert Rowe Scholarship recipient) 2. Cadet Richard Westheimer, Capt. (2012 Harry Mims Scholarship recipient) 3. Cadet Kyle Smiley 4. Cadet Cody Baird 5. Cadet Mason Ackerman Michael Ridgeway P.E., Head Judge, said “I was extremely impressed with the knowledge demonstrated by Citadel students, and the way they worked together. After evaluating team submittals, The Citadel edged Georgia Tech and N.C. State for the best design.” Key preparations for Citadel students included a highly informative session held with Brian Webb, Sr., P.E., Transportation Engineer with Davis & Floyd who explained the use of technical resources, signal design methods, phase conventions, equipment tables, and intersection drawing format. Additionally, Roger Bourroughs of Walker Brothers, Inc., and Greg Freel with Trafficware, Inc., demonstrated soon-to-be-installed traffic signal equipment including a traffic controller, cabinet equipment, detection devices, and signal displays.
IEEE invited guest speaker Jalyn Kelley to their March meeting. She is currently the Client Services Manager for IEEE. Her presentation included an overview of the IEEE, benefits of being an IEEE student member, and an introduction to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
The Department of Electrical Engineering at The Citadel hosted its annual Razor Lecture, so named in honor of the department’s first head, Charles Thurston Razor, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Dinner in the Regimental Commanders Riverview Room was followed by a fascinating talk by Mr. Jerome Pearson, President of Star Technology and Research, Inc. Information on EDDE, the ElectroDynamic Debris Eliminator is available at http://www.star-tech-inc.com/index.html.
The Citadel ASCE Student Chapter was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Committee on Student Members to receive a Letter of Honorable Mention for it outstanding activities documented in the 2012 Chapter annual report.
Citadel ASCE student chapter members have amassed an extraordinary list of accomplishments in recent years including:
The ASCE Upstate Branch hosted the 2013 Student Bridge Competition and volunteers from The Citadel ASCE chapter assisted with the event. Over 1100 Greenville County 4th and 5th graders participated in designing and building over 380 popsicle stick bridges. With the help of Citadel ASCE students, all of the bridges were tested in just over three hours! Pre-college outreach is extremely important to the future of the civil engineering profession, and it is events like this one that get students engaged in engineering.
Three senior executives from the Charleston area were interviewed during the Spring 2013 semester as a part of the PMGT 672 Applied Leadership course. The executives were Catherine Templeton, Executive Director of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Larry Leckonby, The Citadel Athletic Director, and Chris Canavaro, Executive Vice-President for Booz Allen Hamilton. The interviews served to verify and reinforce the course content, and also gave the students exposure to the leadership challenges faced by senior executives.
During the Citadel’s SAME Meeting a panel of local engineering companies, 60 Civil Engineering/Electrical Engineering students, local engineers, and faculty participated in a meeting focusing on career development and advancement in the engineering profession.
The Citadel student chapter of ASCE conducted a community service project with their neighbors to help the Wagner Terrace Neighborhood Associate (WTA) host their annual oyster roast and fundraiser. The event was held at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Over 400 neighbors and friends were in attendance at this year’s event that featured live music by First Class Band, a silent auction and all-you-can-eat oysters, BBQ chicken and desserts by legendary Lowcountry caterer Jamie Westendorff. Over $2,200 was raised from the event for use by the neighborhood to plant trees along streets, support parks/playgrounds and provide support to neighbors in need through the Sunshine Fund.
Geoffrey Reid has joined the Sustainability Institute as Manager of the Green Cities Program. Geoffrey is a 2012 Graduate of the Masters of Science in Project Management program. Geoffrey has more than nine years of experience, and is also a graduate of the University of Georgia. He states that his Capstone Project from the Technical Project Management courses, along with the knowledge gained in the MSPM program, were essential in establishing his credentials for this new position.
Citadel School of Engineering held their 8th annual Professional Activities Event (PAE) on November 8, 2012. The event serves as a career fair for graduating seniors in electrical and civil engineering and professional networking forum for underclass students to gain knowledge of engineering career opportunities through interaction with practicing professionals.
Senior Cadet leaders Matthew Dent and Daniel Williamson worked with company representatives, faculty and college officials to organize the event. Students made presentations to professional societies, contacted company representatives, published a student resume book, and encouraged all undergraduate engineering students to participate in the event. Over 200 civil and electrical engineering students attended the Fall 2012 PAE, which was held at The Citadel’s Holiday Alumni Center and was sponsored by 21 companies including:
Leadership Day: October 24, 2012
Senior Electrical Engineering students study and discuss leadership in the professional workplace at Life Cycle Engineering. More about the Senior Leadership Integration Seminar can be found at http://www.citadel.edu/root/krausecenter-senior-leadership-integration.
Sophomore Electrical Engineering students assembled complex game pieces that were used in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League competition that is sponsored by the Charleston Engineers Joint Council.
On October 17, 2012, astronaut General Thomas P. Stafford came to the Citadel and spoke to a group of Electrical Engineering students about his exciting career and the space program. General Stafford was the pilot for the Gemini VI (first spacecraft rendezvous in space), commander for the Gemini IX, commander of Apollo 10 (dry-run of the moon landing), and commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
Electrical Engineering students from The Citadel traveled to the Santee Cooper plant in Cross, SC. During their trip students learned about job opportunities and also toured the Cross Generating Station.
Duke Energy representatives visited The Citadel to discuss internship and job opportunities for students.
Twenty seven freshmen civil engineering teams competed in a Knex bridge competition. The winning bridge team was WXT which had 28.2 strength to weight ratio.
The South Carolina Space Grant Consortium visited The Citadel to talk with students about Space Grant opportunities. Daniel Pittman and Ryan Boodee also talked about their Palmetto Academy and NASA internship experiences.
On August 2, 2012 Colonel Ed Mays presented the Marine Corps’ concepts for Program and Project Management to Masters of Science in Project
Management (MSPM) students taking PMGT 660: Overview of Technical Program Management. Colonel Mays is currently serving as the Assistant
Commander for Acquisition Logistics and Product Support, at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia. Col Mays is a graduate of Naval Postgraduate School, has served as a Professor at Defense Acquisition University, and has over 15 years’ experience in military project and program management. His comments regarding the essential importance of leadership to make the complex Research and Development and Acquisition process work were well appreciated by the students.
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The 2012 Citadel Engineering Design Symposium (CEEDS): April 18, 2012
ASCE Student Chapter Meeting: April 16, 2012
Spring 2012 ECE Advisory Board Meeting: April 13, 2012
ASCE Eastern Branch Meeting: April 13, 2012
Annual IEEE Razor Banquet: April 11, 2012
ASCE Student Chapter Meeting: April 9, 2012
April IEEE Meeting
Class of 2012 Summerall Guard Engineering Students
Citadel Wins 2012 ASCE Robert Ridgway National Award for Best Chapter
2012 ASCE Carolinas Conference: March 30-31, 2012
School of Engineering Graduate Students Meet With Mayor Joseph P. Reily, Jr.: March 22, 2012
2012 IEE Southeastern Conference in Orlando, FL: March 15-18, 2012
SC Section Meeting, Institute of Transportation Engineers: March 13, 2012
March IEEE Meeting
ASCE Upstate Bridge Competition: February 25, 2012
ASCE Student Chapter Meeting: February 25, 2012
Professional Activities Event: February 2, 2012
Himelright Presentation, Mr. Gus Bell: January 23, 2012
ASCE Eastern Branch Meeting: January 20, 2012
IEEE Hosts Heroism Day: November 8, 2011
IEEE Hosts Duke Energy, November 1, 2011
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam: October 29, 2011
Santee Cooper Trip: October 7, 2011
ASCE Student Chapter Meeting: September 20, 2011
ASCE Eastern Branch Meeting: September 9, 2011
Engineering Team Wins Robotics Contest's Rookie of the Year:June 3-6th, 2011
The 2012 Senior Banquet and Induction into the Order of the Engineer were held on the Club Level of Johnson Hagood Stadium on Tuesday evening, April 24. 32 seniors enjoyed a fine meal with their guests, who then witnessed the senior students' induction into the Order of the Engineer. Dr. Mark McKinney moderated the induction ceremony.
The 2012 Citadel Electrical Engineering Design Symposium (CEEDS) was held on Wednesday, April 18, in Copeland Auditorium. Eight senior design teams presented technical presentations on their year long projects to an audience of students, friends, relatives, and colleagues. All teams successfully demonstrated their projects to their instructor and faculty advisors the following week.
ASCE Student Chapter Meeting, April 16, 2012, Otis Aleman with Alliance Consulting Engineers presented overview of work on site development projects, 40-students, 3-faculty and 1-guests were in attendance.
The spring 2012 ECE Advisory Board Meeting was held on Friday, April 13, 2012 in the Bernard Gordon Seminar Room. LTG John Rosa joined the board in welcoming its newest member, Dr. Victor McCrary of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. LTG Rosa then updated the board on the state of the institution after which the board worked hard on input to the department's strategic plan. Ms. Amy Brennan of The Citadel Foundation congratulated the board on its imminent endowment of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board Scholarship.
ASCE Eastern Branch Meeting, April 13, 2012, presentation by Greg Jones with ADC Engineering on Charleston Air Force base pavement design, 9-students, 6-faculty and 41-ASCE participants attended luncheon meeting.
The Annual IEEE Razor Banquet took place on April 11, 2012.The guest speaker was Mr. Dennis Boyd, Nucor Steel: "How Electrical Engineers Contribute to the Production of Safe, Quality Steel."
Ray Nicholson, site construction engineer on Boeing site presented overview of his role on plant construction, 52-students, 5-faculty and 2-guests were in attendance.
April IEEE Meeting with Mr. Wes Wilson, Citadel Alumnus (CE) with Boeing, presented to CE and EE students, to help them understand and prepare for engineering opportunities.
Class of 2012 Civil Engineering (CE) and Electrical Engineering (EE) students who are also members of the elite Summerall Guards drill platoon posed on 21 March, 2012 in front of LeTellier Hall. They were joined by School Of Engineering Alumni members of the platoon. Pictured from left to right are: Frank S. Dioguardi of Massapequa, NY (CE), Kyle C. Fry of Simpsonville, SC (CE), Byron Doan of Charleston, SC (EE), Chad M. Bonner of Tega Cay, SC (CE), Michael R. Brooks of Colorado Springs, CO (CE), Captain Jason S. Skinner, SCM, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and 1998 Summerall Guard, Ryan J. Smith of Wadsworth, OH (CE), and Colonel Charles O. Skipper, USMC (Ret) Visiting Professor and 1971 Summerall Guard. The Summerall Guard is named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former chief of staff of the Army and President of The Citadel from 1931-53. The Summerall Guards exemplify the skill and precision of military education. The 61 members and two alternates each year earn a place on the platoon through rigorous competition during spring of their Junior Year. Guard members are selected by the outgoing guards, and membership in the platoon is considered a high honor. The exhibition drill staged by the Summerall Guards is known as The Citadel Series and consists of various complex close-order drill movements, including variations of the standard manual of arms, the German Squad Movement, the flank by flank, obliques, successive peeling movements, and varied individual squad maneuvers. The drill is silent and automatic except for an occasional “sound off” in unison by members of the platoon. The platoon drills with Springfield 1903 Rifles, with fixed bayonets. The 2012 Summerall Guards have performed at Corps Day in March 2011, Graduation in May 2011, Clemson in September 2011, Parents Day in October 2011, Homecoming in November 2011, Columbia Christmas Parade in December 2011, and Mardi Gras in February 2012. The 2012 Summerall Guard turned over their rifles to the new 2013 Summerall Guard at Corps Day on 17 March 2012.
Civil Engineering students are winners of the 2012 ASCE Robert Ridgway Award, recognizing The Citadel as the most outstanding Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE’s national committee on student activities determines the winning school through a rigorous review process based on evaluation of a comprehensive annual report prepared by student officers. The Citadel was selected as the top school from a field of 25,000 students at 281 colleges and universities across the US and 11 countries. 2012 marks the first time in school history The Citadel received this prestigious award.
“Winning the Ridgway Award is a monumental achievement, and it is honor to accept this recognition on behalf of The Citadel. This unprecedented accomplished was the result of great student teamwork and a uniquely supportive learning environment within the Civil Engineering Department. It is great to be part of Citadel history in attaining this renowned award through many years of hard work,” said Clay Settle, Citadel ASCE Student Chapter President.
The Citadel ASCE chapter has over 100 active members, held 27 professional meetings, organized seven field trips, and participated in major events such as the Workshop for Student Leaders in Portland, Maine, Battery to Beach Service Project, Citadel Science Night, provided numerous professional presentations, and contributed countless volunteer hours to the department, institution, profession and community. The Citadel ASCE Chapter also hosted National Engineer’s Week events on campus and organized a professional activities event attracting 21 companies to a career fair for engineering students. “The Ridgway Award is civil engineering’s Academy Award for students as the top award for student performance and achievement. Over the past two years The Citadel was recognized as award finalist, however this year’s outstanding record of success was truly magical, and receiving the Ridgway Award nationally recognizes our student’s tremendous team effort and collective accomplishment, which are part of the very fabric of The Citadel. It is an honor to teach and serve alongside such incredibly talented students,” said Ron Welch, Dean of Engineering.
Citadel students earned 3rd place in the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Carolinas Conference hosted by Clemson University, as well as a Top 30’s finish in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC), hosted by Texas A&M. Other recent student highlights include:
2012 ASCE Carolinas Conference (8 colleges/universities participating) • 1st Place – Surveying Competition • 2nd Place – Mead Paper • 2nd Place (3 way tie) - Geotechnical Competition • 3rd Place – Steel Bridge • 3rd Place – Transportation Competition • 3rd Place – Quiz Bowl • Winner of the “Dr. David M. Bayer Sportsmanship Award”
2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition (48 colleges/universities participating) • 21st in bridge display and poster presentation • 32nd overall in bridge performance
2011 Winner, SC ASCE Service Award for outstanding service to the profession
2012 “Storm The Citadel” Trebuchet Competition (22 teams participating) • 1st place overall accuracy • 2nd place team spirit
The 2012 ASCE Carolinas Conference took place Mar. 30-31, 2012 and was hosted by Clemson University. Our delegation was comprised of 35 Cadets, 7 Active Duty Students, 3 evening students, and 6 faculty members (including Dean Welch). The Citadel finished 3rd overall, won the Sportsmanship Award, and competed in 12 competitions.
First Place Survey Team 2nd Place (3 way tie) Geotechnical Competition
2nd Place Mead Paper(Alex Goodwin) 3rd Place Steel Bridge Competition
3rd Place Transportation Competition 3rd Place Overall in ASCE Carolinas Conference
School of Engineering graduate students who are pursuing a Master’s of Science in Project Management (MSPM) met with Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor of Charleston, on 22 March, 2012 in Grimsley Hall. Pictured from left to right are: Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (64’), Gregory P. Dyer, Geoffrey R. Reid, Joshua J. Nealy, John G. Thompson, Michele M. Torres, Paul E. Dustin, and Scott A. Price. Not present was Wayne A. Greenaway. The students were enrolled in PMGT 672 - Applied Leadership Concepts. One of the features of this class was to conduct interviews of successful executives. Mayor Riley has been Mayor of Charleston since 1975, and has been recognized nationally for his exceptional vision and leadership. His impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, the creation of park and other public spaces, and economic revitalization and development has transformed Charleston into one of the most well-known and livable cities in the United States.
Dr. Ron Hayne took eight students to participate in the 2012 IEEE Southeastern Conference in Orlando, FL. Student competitions included Ethics (1st Place), Student Paper (top ten), and Hardware (robotics). The Citadel ECE Team of cadet sophomore Geno Porter, cadet junior Dimitri Paspalaris and OC Nathaniel Cintula took first place in a field of 10 teams in the Ethics competition.
10 students attended statewide meeting and listened to presentation on transformation of former N. Charleston Navy Base.
The March IEEE Meeting took place with Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, who is a Senior Scientist at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (located at the former Naval base in North Charleston) and Mr. Curtiss Fox: Helping to Shape the Future of Energy: Accelerating New Technologies into the Market and Educating the Workforce of the Future.
Eight Citadel students helped host a model bridge competition for 1,000 Greenville area middle school students.
Russell Huggins, Director of Engineering, Charleston Water System, gave a presentation regarding plant operations, capacity and expansion of water and wastewater treatment plants. 44 students, 4 faculty, and 2 guests were in attendance.
The Citadel School of Engineering hosted their annual Professional Activities Event (PAE) on February 2. The event serves as a career fair for graduating seniors in electrical and civil engineering and professional networking forum for underclass students to gain knowledge of engineering career opportunities through interaction with practicing professionals. Senior Cadet leaders Chris Geary, Timothy Quinn, Ryan Northcutt, and Chad Bonner worked with company representatives, faculty and college officials to organize the 7th annual PAE. Students made presentations to professional societies, contacted company representatives, published a student resume book, and encouraged all undergraduate engineering students to participate in the event. Over 200 civil and electrical engineering students attended the 2012 PAE, which was held at The Citadel’s Holiday Alumni Center. Plans for next year’s event tentatively scheduled for the fall semester are already underway. The 2012 PAE was sponsored by 21 companies including:
Blue Sponsors: Albemarle Corporation, ADC Engineering Inc, Charleston Defense Contractors Association, Cranston Engineering Group, PC Davis & Floyd Inc., Dewberry Architects-Engineers-Consultants, Heritage Trust, FCU, Intel Corporation, Santee Cooper
White Sponsors: Agile Communications Inc., Computer Science Corporation, Duke Energy Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Micah Group LLC, Phillips Industrial Services, The Shaw Group Inc., S&ME Inc., Stantec Consultants Inc., Terracon Consulting Engineers & Scientists, Thompson Construction Group, Volkmar Consulting Services LLC
Presentation on design of public works and industrial projects in Saudi Arabia and the US. 45 students, 7 faculty, and 9 guests attended. The event also included a greeting by President Rosa.
The ASCE Eastern Branch Meeting took place on January 20, 2012. There was a presentation by Mt. Pleasant Waterworks and Utility regarding the construction of US 17, Johnnie Dodds Blvd. widening improvements. 16 students, 6 faculty and 35 ASCE participants attended the luncheon meeting.
The Citadel IEEE student chapter hosted a Heroism Day activity to support the FIRST LEGO® on November 8. Approximately 20 Citadel Engineering students were heroes for local area school students by building game pieces used in league competition.
The IEEE hosted a meeting with Duke Energy on November 1, 2011. Duke Energy gave a recruiting pitch to interested students from both Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering. They provided information on company operations and job opportunities for internships and full-time employment.
Over 80 civil and electrical engineering seniors and regional engineers sat for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam on October 29, 2011. Dr. Siripong Potisuk, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering proctored the exam.
Students from the day and evening ECE programs were hosted by Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric utility. The students were given a recruiting pitch for internships and jobs, then given a tour of the Cross Power Generating Station.
Ms. Jenifer Bihl, Kimley Horn Associates, and Derrick Bellamy, SC State Port Authority, provided a presentation on the Union Pier Terminal expansion in downtown Charleston involving a 60-acre renovation and design of a $40m cruise ship passenger terminal. In addition, Dr. Ronald W. Welch, Dean of Engineering, spoke about ASCE and importance to the engineering profession. The meeting was attended by 105 students, four-faculty and two-guests.
Billy Swales, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, was the speaker. 25 cadets attended the luncheon meeting and provided an update of chapter activities as part of the meeting program.
Being a rookie has its ups and down, but for a group of engineering students, it's quite a fete. The Citadel's Team CLETIS stunned an international robotics competition by taking the Rookie of the Year award. The students took part in the 19th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition held June 3-6, 2011 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. The competition is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to design and build an autonomous ground vehicle capable of completing several difficult challenges. "Twenty one of the 57 entries from the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe qualified to compete, of which at least 5 had rookie status. Rookie status is determined by past qualification, so some of the other rookies had tried before but this was their first year to qualify," said John Peeples, head of the electrical and computer engineering department in The Citadel School of Engineering. "Team CLETIS was a true rookie team, this being the first year the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participated." The Citadel competed against the likes of Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Rutgers University, University of Texas and Virginia Tech. Sponsors included several Department of Defense agencies, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Land Systems and Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise. The robot, named CLETIS for Citadel Engineered Traversing Intelligent System, is an autonomous navigation robot. It had to traverse a hilly grassland course spread over an area the size of a football field while making navigational decisions based solely on input from its surroundings. The robot had to navigate the course with no human guidance, while staying in marked lanes and avoiding obstacles. "These students have spent many long hours and late nights designing, building and programming this amazing robot," said Mark McKinney, the team's faculty advisor. "They went toe-to-toe with some outstanding engineering programs, many with years of experience in this particular competition, and once again proved that The Citadel has some of the best electrical engineering students in the nation.