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Welcome from the Dean


Hello from The Citadel School of Engineering! As we complete our 15th year as a school, we are excited to provide a partial list of the exciting accomplishments for this past year. As you read, we hope this message will encourage you to reach out through email, phone or in person visit to see how YOU can become involved in assisting us with all the incredible activities/students/faculty we have.

First, we are very proud of our most recent accomplishment - #19 ranked by the 2018 US News and World Report for engineering programs with the highest degree being a master’s degree. This is a testament to the hard work of both our faculty and students. Each provides strong examples of our most impactful product – engineering - as they represent our school at so many events, locations, and companies through the US.

Four years ago, we started the new Mechanical Engineering program in the fall 2014 with 75 freshmen, 6 sophomores and 3 juniors. We had 120 freshman arrive and 10 juniors (evening program) join the program in fall 2015. For the fall 2016, the Cadet enrollment topped 220 students (2nd largest major for incoming freshmen). The Veteran Day program has 15 students and the Evening program had 17 students. Last year mechanical engineering was the 2nd largest major for incoming cadet freshmen. Last August another critical milestone was realized as we received the long-awaited good news of ABET accreditation. We expect another bumper crop of future mechanical engineers this fall. Congratulations are in order to the faculty, staff, and students for their herculean efforts during these past four years.

This fall we will reach another milestone, adding the Construction Engineering undergraduate degree. We already have over 12 sophomore cadets switching into this new major as juniors. We expect a number of transfers from Trident Technical College into the evening program and almost 15 freshmen in the day program. With all of the cranes supporting construction in the area, this program is a natural addition to the engineering skills The Citadel provides for the Lowcountry. This program was delayed a couple of years to allow the launch of three new master’s degrees in 2016 (Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical). The additions to our undergraduate civil and electrical programs and master’s degree in project management greatly enhance the impact The School of Engineering provides to the Lowcountry and the state of SC.

With over 700 undergraduates in engineering, we have successfully made the case for new facilities to continue to provide the award winning engineering education noted over the past 175 years. We begin this fall with the process to design a new engineering building located in the parking lot behind LeTellier Hall and facing McAlister Field House. If you would like to learn more about how you can assist us with this new building, please give me a call. The other option is visit The Citadel Foundation page. There you will locate a list of current areas, but I would like to highlight the Building Fund that will greatly assist us to complete the design. You can give one time or pledge to give monthly or annually while giving credit to your class or anonymously. Of course, we have many other needs beyond the building and welcome your support for any of them. Below you will read successes that can only continue with your generous support.

Students and Faculty recognized on the local, regional, and national stage this past year.

  • ASCE Student Chapter was a Ridgway Finalist for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (top five ASCE student chapter out of 340 chapters across North America, including 25 countries). The ASCE Student Chapter also received the Region 4 Governor’s Award in 2015, 2017, and 2018 given to the best chapter from 38 colleges/universities in a region including: Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Arkansas.
  • ASCE Concrete Canoe qualified and competed in the National Concrete Canoe Competition for three of the last four consecutive years.
  • ASCE Student Chapter has been in the top three in the Carolinas Conference, which consist of 11 engineering schools in the southeast, for the last decade receiving top honors 4 times.
  • Citadel Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty are on consortium teams that were awarded 2 University Transportation Center 5-year research grants from US Dept. of Transportation. 
  • A Citadel Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty member received a $300,000 National Science Foundation Grant entitled,” Developing and Assessing Engineering Students’ Cognitive Flexibility in the Domain of Sustainable Design.”
  • Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering received a $1,000,000 grant from National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for minority, female, and economically challenged students to attend The Citadel and complete a degree in civil engineering.
  • Three faculty earned their PE licenses in 2018.
  • First MSCE and MSEE graduates in 2017 and more in 2018 – started degrees summer of 2016.
  • A team of BSEE students represented The Citadel in the summer immersion and travel abroad program for young entrepreneurs in Estonia in June of 2017.
  • Six engineering students are attending The Citadel Global Scholars program at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus in the fall of 2018. 
  • A team of BSEE students were invited to compete in the first annual Lockheed Martin Ethics competition in Fort Worth, TX in February 2018. 
  • Two BSEE student teams competed in the annual SoutheastCON Robotics Competition in Tampa, FL in April 2018.
  • A team of BSEE student competed in the annual Intelligence Ground Vehicle Competition in Rochester, MI in June 2018 in torrential storms.
  • The Mini Baja Team built their second competition vehicle this past year and made it through the rigorous inspections to compete in the dynamic events. They learned much about the effort and energy required to make their vehicle competition ready.
  • Mechanical Engineering has grown to eight faculty members to meet the growing demand for the major. 
  • One Engineering faculty (Mechanical Engineering) received the ASEE-SE Section New Teacher Award.
  • The Mechanical Engineering Department received the Board of Visitors Certificate of Recognition for their efforts in establishing the new department.
  • Engineering students won the 4th annual Bulldog Business Bowl with an extended range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  • CEE faculty member Dr. Dimitra Michalaka received Young Engineer of the Year Award from American Society of Civil Engineers, South Carolina Section, fall 2017.
  • CEE faculty member Dr. Timothy Mays received Engineer of the Year Award from American Society of Civil Engineers, South Carolina Section, 2018.
  • CEE faculty member Dr. Jeff Davis received Excellence in Transportation Engineering Award, District 5, Institute of Transportation Engineers, for outstanding contributions to education of future leaders in transportation engineering, fall 2017.

 Students selected for senior awards: Department End-of-Year Awards

  • 2018 Louis LeTellier Award: Cadet Joseph Cook 
  • 2016 Colonel Loring K. Himelright Merit Award: Cadet Joseph Cook
  • 2016 Colonel Charles Lindberg Award: Alaa-Aldeen Abukhdair (Evening Student) 
  • Peter Gaillard Award: Cadet Connor Fuhrman 
  • Charles Thurston Razor Award: Douglas Wattier, Veteran Student 

 Please visit this link to see all of the students receiving awards in engineering.

We began in 2013 recognizing not only Citadel engineering graduates, but also other outstanding engineers with Citadel connections through induction into The Citadel Academy of Engineers. Our engineering alumni and supporters are making a difference throughout the world, and a list of their accomplishments could fill this entire website. I provide a list of 2018 inductees to recognize these current and past engineering leaders and to enlist your assistance in making recommendations for future inductions. All recommendations will be placed in the nomination pool for consideration by the School of Engineering Leadership Team.

 2018 Honorees

  • Charles B. Coe, Class of 1973
  • Col John (JC) C. Dominick, USAF (Ret), Class of 1971
  • Robert (Bob) Kiggans, Class of 1965
  • Alvin E. Kite, Jr. Class of 1955

A full list is on the webpage at this link.

In Eight years of its existence, the MS in Project Management (MSPM) has gone from zero to approximately 30 graduates each year. This unique program, the only one in SC, was recently accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC). It is one of only 26 programs in the USA to hold this distinction. Over the history of the Program, we have consistently maintained a 95% first time pass rate on the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. The PMP certification is increasingly important for employment and promotion in the area’s Engineering, Manufacturing, and Software industries.

Current success and additional demand for engineering in the Lowcountry allowed us to launch the master’s degree programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering during the summer of 2016. Each program has multiple certificates included that allows for immediate student/employer recognition after four focused courses as well as their incorporation into our current MS in Project Management and its associated certificates. Rest assured, our first focus will always be our undergraduate programs, but the faculty are excited about the ability to provide graduate level education to support engineering education needs. In fact, many local and military serving alumni have been waiting patiently for us to roll out these new engineering masters’ level programs (Online soon).

I invite you to learn more about us through the four program websites (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Leadership and Program Management). If you are interested in attending The Citadel (as a cadet, or entering our evening undergraduate programs, or becoming an evening graduate student), I would invite you to contact me, go to the Department websites, visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office (Cadet, Veteran, Active Duty), and/or The Citadel Graduate College (2+2 Evening Students, Veteran, Active Duty, Graduate Students) to gather more information.

We look forward to visiting with you and assisting you to achieve your dreams!

You can reach me at:

Ronald W. Welch, COL (Retired), PhD

Dean of Engineering and Louis S. LeTellier Chair

The Citadel

171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
Office phone: 843-953-6588

Or better yet, come by Grimsley Hall, Room 128 and pull up a chair and visit awhile, and see for yourself what the School of Engineering has to offer! Go Bulldogs!

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