Successful Civil Engineering Graduates
Brandon Brezeale, PE
2007 Graduate, Oscar Company
Project Engineer, BL Companies (Meriden, CT)
Brandon Brezeale has worked in the public sector for two years for the US Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. As a project engineer, he oversaw renovations to the Herbert C. Hoover Building and was awarded the 2010 Bronze Medal Award in recognition of exceptional performance helping manage the multi-million dollar renovation. Mr. Brezeale has also worked three years in the private sector, including two years in Atlanta, GA, and one year in Connecticut doing civil site design. Some projects Brandon has designed include a Toyo Tires manufacturing facility in White, GA, a new Army Reserve Center in Roanoke, VA, a Whole Foods grocery store in Brooklyn, NY, and a Costco Wholesale store and Fueling Facility in Brookfield, CT. Design on these projects includes site concept, site layout, feasibility studies, grading and drainage design, utilities layout and design, hydrology and implementation of stormwater best management practices, roadway layout and design, project permitting, and construction administration.
"The Citadel experience is one that I will cherish for a lifetime. The hard work ethic and all-around education I received there has helped me tremendously in the "real world." The curriculum that the civil engineering department required me to take has shaped me into a well-rounded engineer. Whereas other colleges let the students specialize in one of the many fields in civil engineering, I have in-depth knowledge of geotechnical, structural, environmental, transportation and hydraulics engineering. The personal relationships that I formed with professors and students while attending the Citadel are invaluable. I've always had confidence in my professional ability since graduation and can attribute my success professionally to a strong foundation of engineering courses, leadership training, and personal relationships that were obtained while at the Citadel."
Joseph T. Dyches, Jr. LTJG, CEC, USN
2009 Graduate, Tango Company
Platoon Commander/DET OIC, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE
Joseph Dyches graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, he attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was commissioned in August 2009 as an Ensign in the US Navy. Upon completion of Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in Port Hueneme, CA he reported to Naval Facilities Engineering Command assigned to Public Works Department, New Orleans. While assigned to this location LTJG Dyches was the Assistant Public Works Officer as well as Construction Manager for the command, overseeing and executing over $5M dollars in new construction and renovation projects, as well as maintaining a sustainment budget of $2M in support of a complex BRAC closure.
Currently LTJG Dyches is assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE where he will be deploying to AFRICOM in August as a Detachment OIC. In this position he will lead approximately 40 Navy Seabees as they perform construction tasking in support of JTF-HOA.
“I cannot speak enough about how The Citadel has prepared me for success as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. The leadership experience provided by the Corps of Cadets, coupled with the excellent staff and curriculum of the Civil Engineering Department, has allowed me to break out among my peers in a very competitive community. The Citadel name is certainly recognized within the CEC and it is a privilege to represent the institution. I can guarantee that the Citadel experience will provide the tools for success, but only the individual has the ability to implement them.”
2006 Graduate, Hotel Company
Manufacturing and Life Sciences Sales Coordinator, Fluor Corporation
Tom started with Fluor in 2006 as a structural engineer. He spend four years performing structural engineering on uranium enrichment and nuclear facilities. He then rotated into a one-year assignment as an estimator on projects ranging in size from $10MM USD to $400MM USD. Next, Tom transitioned into a his current, 2 year rotational assignment as the M&LS sales coordinator. In this position, he coordinates sales activities with a global sales team with operations, legal, and financial sectors of the organization.
"My experience at The Citadel was a challenging balance of technical, leadership, time management, and personal growth. Everyday experiences at The Citadel present opportunities to grow in the course of constant strain and intense pressure. This routine adversity is balanced by an extremely supportive staff and faculty. Low faculty to student ratios allowed the opportunity to develop strong working relationships with faculty members that I still value and maintain to this day. The balance of rigor and mentorship I received at The Citadel has been the foundation upon which I make decisions and lean on for strength."
James (Jae) H. Mattox, III
2004 Graduate, F-Troop
Program Manager, South Carolina Department of Transportation
After graduating from The Citadel, James Mattox completed his Masters of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University with a focus on Transportation Systems. While at Clemson, Mr. Mattox worked as a research and teaching assistance and completed his thesis on speed control in work zones. Prior to beginning his career with the Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in Columbia, SC, Mr. Mattox worked for Kiewit Construction in Long Beach, CA and the Texas Department of Transportation in Austin, TX. Mr. Mattox has been with the SCDOT since 2006 and has worked in both the Traffic Engineering and Preconstruction Divisions of the Department. He obtained his Professional Engineers License in 2009 and currently works as a Program Manager with responsibilities that include managing preconstruction activities for major transportation projects in the Charleston area. In 2010, Mr. Mattox was named the “Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year” by the South Carolina Section of the American Association of Civil Engineers.
"I was constantly challenged by the Civil Engineering professors at the Citadel. I think the program was much more demanding than I ever anticipated but the professors took a personal interest in me and gave me just enough hope to keep pushing on. They not only provided me the fundamental skills needed to be proficient in the field, but they taught me how to think for myself, manage my time, and deal with adversity. It is not for everybody, but a hardworking and motivated individual will find an environment that breeds success."
Larry L. Melton, Jr.
1984 Graduate, Echo Company
Principal Vice President, The Bechtel Corporation
Larry Melton has over 28 years of experience in engineering and construction in both the public and private sector. He has planned, implemented, and executed large-scale construction projects in urban areas throughout the U.S. and around the world. Larry, a decorated veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Desert Storm, is currently a Principal Vice President with the Bechtel Corporation. He is also the Project Executive Director for the Bechtel led team building Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (DCMP). The DCMP is a $6 Billion 23 mile extension of the Washington, DC Metrorail—one of the largest construction projects ongoing in the U.S. It is being developed in a public private partnership (PPP) with the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the first major rail PPP project in the country. The customer is the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) and when completed, the rail system will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to provide efficient, high-quality transportation ultimately between downtown Washington, DC and the Dulles International Airport. Larry’s technical expertise and leadership acumen have been instrumental for the successful development of the program from early planning and preliminary design to its current advanced stage of construction. His focus on quality, efficiency, and safety has been key to the development and delivery of this and other major projects that consistently meet and surpass customer expectations.
"When I look back at my time at The Citadel, I am thankful for the esprit de corps with my fellow cadets that still exist today almost 30 years after I graduated. Also, in retrospect, I have grown to appreciate the time management skills I was forced to develop at The Citadel. I fondly remember having to balance cadet life in Echo Company with an overwhelmingly challenging schedule of civil engineering classes, while at the same time adjusting to the demands of being away from my family in Columbia, SC. This prepared me for many of the challenges I face today in managing multi-billion dollar projects around the world. My time at The Citadel also provided a foundation for my understanding of the importance of working with all stakeholders – the customer, local agencies, other contractors, and the community - to affect a successful plan and desired outcomes."