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2017 CASM Inductees

The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics is proud to announce the 2017 inductees into The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics!

CASM Distinguished Alumni Category:

Col. Charles R. Ball, Class of 1976, Mathematics

col_charles_ballCol. Ball is a modeler, program manager, DoD leader, and entrepreneur. He received an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and retired from the U.S. Army after 27 years attaining the rank of Colonel. Col. Ball was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Metal, Army Meritorious Service Metal, Joint Service Commendation Metal, Army Commendation Metal, and Army Achievement Metal. During Operation Desert Storm, He was one of the the system architects for “test bed” soft- ware supporting intelligence operations. Col. Ball made major contributions to the development, acquisition, production, and deployment of the Army's command and control training simulation systems (WARSIM and OneSAF), and he led the multi- discipline team developing and integrating complex simulation software systems into DoD operations including incorporating “open source” software development resulted in significant time and cost savings and broader collaborative. He is involved in community service organizations supporting military families.

Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti, Class of 1966, Physical Education, Minor in Science

lt_gen_frank_libuttiLt. Gen Libutti is a warrior, commanding general, civil servant, and national leader. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 35 years as a Lieutenant General with an outstanding service record. His decorations include Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with gold star, Purple Heart with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was a Recipient of the Audie Murphy Patriotism Award and the Italian American Foundation’s Special Achievement Award for Military Service. He served as the New York Police Department’s First Deputy Commissioner of Counter- Terrorism and as the Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was CEO/ Chairman of the Board of Digital Fusion, providing the US Missile Defense Agency with IT support and is CEO/President of Renaissance Global Services, LLC, a service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB).

Dr. Samuel P. McManus, Class of 1960, Chemistry

dr_sam_mcmanusDr. McManus is a scientist, educator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He earned an MS and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Clemson University. Dr. McManus served in the U.S. Army and received the Army Commendation Medal for developing an elastomeric seal that prevented catastrophic system failure of LANCE missiles. He had a thirty-four year career at the University of Alabama at Huntsville serving as Professor, Chairman of the Chemistry Department, Tri-campus Materials Science Program Director, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He chaired major state-wide Boards that advised the Alabama Commission of Higher Education. As a faculty member he maintained research programs that supported the research of 49 undergraduate, 17 MS, 6 PhD students and 6 post-doctoral fellows producing over 100 journal articles and 3 books. After retirement from UAH, he was director of technology development with the Shearwater Corporation and Nektar Therapeutics leading a group developing polymers for pharmaceuticals.  In that role he facilitated the development of several drugs that are either marketed or in clinical trials. Dr. McManus holds over 65 US patents and numerous foreign patents. He is a charter member of the Citadel Science and Mathematics Council and is a board member of a major biotech institute located in Alabama.

CASM Distinguished Faculty Award:

Dr. Joel C. Berlinghieri (Professor of Physics)

dr_joel_berlinghieriDr. Berlinghieri is an educator, scholar, mentor, academic leader.  He is an impassioned, dedicated, and knowledgeable educator who has served The Citadel for 45 years. He received the Grimsley Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, the highest recognition given to a Citadel faculty member. Dr. Berlinghieri successfully recruited highly qualified, world-class faculty to the Physics Department.  He was instrumental in making major revisions to the curriculum, assessment, tenure and promotion guidelines. He established the aeronautics program benefiting students who desire to become pilots, and has been successful in raising funds to address equipment and instrumentation needs of the Physics Department.  He championed many STEM outreach events educating the public about physics and enhancing the reputation of The Citadel as a STEM educational institution.  Dr. Berlinghieri has served as Chair of the Faculty Council, Chair of the Research Committee, Chair of the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee and College Marshall.

CASM Early Career Faculty Award:

dr_shankar_banikDr. Shankar Banik (Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Computer Science, and Co-director for Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies)

Dr. Banik is a Teacher, Mentor, Scholar, and Collaborator. He has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of Oklahoma.  He has been leading cybersecurity education and research programs at The Citadel since 2011 and established a link for The Citadel’s cybersecurity program nationally. Dr. Banik is the Program Director for The Citadel’s designation of Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education from National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. He received The Citadel Graduate College Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions in 2014 and an Award of Recognition from The Citadel Board of Visitors in 2016 for his contributions to academics at The Citadel. He has published numerous research papers on computer networks and security and served as a research mentor for 10 undergraduate students and 5 graduate students. He is the advisor for The Citadel’s ACM Club and Cybersecurity Club. Dr. Banik was the Principal Investigator for the GenCyber Grant CyberCitadel awarded by National Security Agency and National Science Foundation in 2016 for organizing a summer workshop on Cybersecurity at The Citadel for Middle/High School Teachers.

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