Engineering – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 13 Sep 2021 17:11:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Engineering – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel ranked #1 Top Public College in the South for 11th year by U.S. News & World Report https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-ranked-1-top-public-college-in-the-south-for-11th-year-by-u-s-news-world-report/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:05:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26587 Citadel knobs walking to participate in Oath ceremony 2021Citadel knobs walking to participate in Oath ceremony 2021"The Citadel is simply the best choice for people willing to take on exceptional challenges in college that will lead to exceptional results in life."]]> Citadel knobs walking to participate in Oath ceremony 2021Citadel knobs walking to participate in Oath ceremony 2021

Other prominent 2022 rankings earned for innovation, best for veterans, best value and engineering

The Citadel is the U.S. News and World Report #1 Top Public College in the South for the 11th successive year. The ranking, for institutions offering up to a master’s degree, is part of the digital media company’s new, 2022 college rankings released Sept. 13, 2021.

“This is not an easy feat, but The Citadel is resolute about providing a transformational experience for cadets that cultivates long-term dividends,“ said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), Class of 1979. “Earning the ranking of #1 Top Public College in the South from U.S. News & World Report one time, let alone 11 times, is only possible because of the passion and commitment of everyone on campus and our steadfast alumni.”

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets military review parade on Sept. 3, 2021 on Summerall Field on campus in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Citadel’s most prominent rankings on the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges lists include:

· #1 Top Public College, Regional Universities (South); #2 overall including private

· #1 Best College for Veterans, Regional Universities (South)

· #6 Best Undergraduate Teaching, Regional Universities (South)

· #10 Most Innovative Schools, Regional Universities (South)

· #16 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, nationwide (non-doctoral)

· #21 Best Value, Regional Universities (South)

“The Citadel is simply the best choice for people willing to take on exceptional challenges in college that will lead to exceptional results in life,” said the Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas. “Being ranked the top public college in the South year after year by U.S. News & World Report helps validate the value of a Citadel experience for those who may not yet know about the benefits within the Corps.”

Cadet Kathryn Christmas (front center) during an Awards Review parade on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina

Christmas, who is from Easley, South Carolina, explained that The Citadel education begins with Four Pillars – character, academics, military and fitness. “Developing the whole person makes our graduates strong and ready to lead no matter where they go.”

U.S. News & World Report was one of the first American publishers to produce a college rankings list based on a complex formula of publicly reported data that is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education annually by all institutions of higher education.

To learn more about the methodology used for these rankings, go here on the U.S. News & World Report.com.

  • Citadel cadets marching in military dress parade on campus in Sept. 2021
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Citadel engineering cadets and students designing airfield improvements for emerging electric aircraft https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-engineering-cadets-and-students-designing-airfield-improvements-for-emerging-electric-aircraft/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 15:44:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26350 Senior Engineering majors will work on construction approaches needed to accommodate electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles. ]]>

By faculty members in The Citadel’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

For The Citadel’s 2021-22 academic year, Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering senior cadets and students will work collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams to plan, design and develop construction approaches needed to accommodate the air transportation industry’s most forward thinking innovation in decades — electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOLs).

Senior cadets and students majoring in civil engineering and construction engineering will design ground facility infrastructure needed to support this rapidly evolving aeronautics industry enterprise, using Rock Hill-York Co. Airport in South Carolina as a case study site location. 

William J. Davis, Ph.D., PE

“The objective of this challenging assignment is for students to apply their broad-based, design focused engineering skills and proficiencies to determine distinct infrastructure needs for this cutting-edge technology, eVTOL as an emerging aeronautical mobility service,” said William J. Davis, Ph.D., PE, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Construction Engineering program at The Citadel. “This unique course curriculum will serve to prepare students for engineering careers in advanced air mobility, including planning and design of airports, heliports, vertiports and high-density vertiplexes.”

Throughout this year-long course assignment, students will work closely with an advisory panel of industry experts including Gary Siegfried, PE, program manager with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. “We are excited to partner with The Citadel to educate future engineers on cutting-edge technology,” Siegfried said. “While significant certification challenges remain for the emergent eVTOL industry, this timely academic engineering exercise will serve to ensure SC airports are better prepared when the time is right.”

In addition to SC Aeronautics, The Citadel is partnering with Transoft Solutions, provider of AviPlan, a customized digital design software widely used by industry professionals to solve airfield planning, engineering, design and operational challenges at major airports. Using AviPlan, students will analyze current and future airfield operations, including complex docking, terminal facilities, gate configurations and service facilities.

“The Transoft Education Program is our way of encouraging universities to adopt new technologies, such as eVTOLs, and provides students with learning opportunities to cultivate their skills and prepare graduates for future careers in the aviation sector,” said Ben van Leest, Transoft’s SVP, Aviation. “We believe it’s important to invest in the future of these students, and our industry as a whole.”

The Aerospace Industries Association forecasts a $115 billion annual impact from the U.S. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector by 2035, adding 280,000 new jobs and $20 billion in exports by 2033. The Vertical Flight Society reported that the number of eVTOL aircraft companies grew from 169 to more than 300 between 2017 to 2020. 

For qualified graduate engineers entering the workforce, AAM provides additional employment opportunities, including airframe manufacturing; sensor technology such as cameras and radar; sustainable energy development such as electric batteries, and hybrid motors; global positioning systems; and software development, security and logistics.

“EVTOLS represent the advent of promising technological advancement to better address mobility needs through engineering innovation,” said Dan Nale, Ph.D., PE, Citadel Professor of Professional Practice. “During my 35 years as a Gulfstream Aerospace Executive – after graduating from The Citadel, I might add – I saw firsthand how students who engage in breakthrough technology and actual workplace engineering scenarios prior to graduation are better prepared for the job market.”

“I am very excited about this unique capstone design project and fantastic learning opportunity for students to apply real-world engineering methods, develop creative engineering solutions for eVTOL mobility, and jump-start successful careers in the engineering marketplace,” Davis said.

Sixty civil engineering and construction engineering students will participate in The Citadel’s eVTOL capstone design course sequence during the 2021-22 academic year. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Dan Nale, dnale@citadel.edu or Dr. William J. Davis, jeff.davis@citadel.edu.

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New cadets added to Distinguished Scholars Program, inaugural class readying to graduate https://today.citadel.edu/new-cadets-added-to-distinguished-scholars-program-inaugural-class-readying-to-graduate/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:52:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26156 Three members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond HallThree members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond Hall"Aim high and go big are the hallmarks of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program."]]> Three members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond HallThree members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond Hall

Photo above: Three new members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program, Cadets Joseph Stilwell, Mary Coast Watson and Joshua Howell, pose for a portrait in front of Bond Hall on The Citadel campus.

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program is proud to announce its third group of cadets.

Nine additional cadets are now in the program. All but one will graduate in 2024. The eight sophomores and one junior were recently selected following their successful applications and interviews.

The new Distinguished Scholars are:

Leo Ernesto Bachir Eckhardt
Major: Intelligence and Security Studies; Social Studies Education; Criminal Justice.
Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Joshua Howell
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

Thomas Grealy (Marine scholarship)
Major: Finance
Hometown: South Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Milling
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

Riley Neiders (Air Force scholarship, Rifle Team)
Majors: Political Science and Business Management
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Rohan Shah (Basketball team)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Burr Ridge, Illinois

Ben Stemmet (Wrestling team)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Yorkville, Illinois

Joseph Stilwell (Army scholarship)
Major: English
Hometown: Greer, South Carolina

Mary Coastal Watkins
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program began in 2019 to provide preparation for select cadets that should improve their chances for acceptance to elite graduate schools or selection for the highest level of scholarships.

“The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program attracts strikingly motivated students who already have a highly developed sense of personal mission and purpose,” said Earl Walker, Ph.D., a professor of management and leadership at The Citadel who created the program. 

More about The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program

There are 20 cadets in the program with the three cohorts of scholars. Four cadets from the inaugural group are preparing to graduate in May 2022.

“Our scholars are pursuing multiple majors and minors, some hold rank and added responsibility in the Corps, some are planning to commission into the armed forces, while others have a passion driving their ambition to seek greater challenges,” Walker added. “All are benefiting from our training them to be leaders in their field and giving them an edge to compete for life-changing, graduate-level educational opportunities.”

Walker explained that the scholars are inspired and encouraged to “up their game” and set their ambitions high. “By their senior year, they will have their sights set on applying for the most important and most highly sought after scholarships, like the Rhodes or Fulbright,” he said.

The scholars sign a contract agreeing to maintain a 3.75 GPA, are assigned faculty mentors and take one-on-one tutorials. The main structural element of the program are the tutorials in classical disciplines including Economics, English and Political Science. A new fourth class focuses on self-assessment and personal development to help scholars create compelling personal narratives that will make their applications stand out. In the tutorials, scholars read leading works and meet one-on-one with professors to discuss and interpret, then write and defend, persuasive papers. 

“To compete successfully, our scholars must possess spotless academic transcripts, demonstrate leadership, research and innovation in their field, civic awareness and social responsibility, and valuable skills gained through internships, service and employment experiences,” said Walker. “Our scholars have full access to five professors and 20 advisory board members to help them find the intersection of their interests, their passions and their skills.”

For more information about the program please email earl.walker@citadel.edu, or vperez@citadel.edu. The office phone number is (843) 953-9507. 

Aim high and go big are the hallmarks of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program. 

Dr. Earl Walker, program founder
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Greenville Technical College engineering students can now seamlessly transfer to The Citadel to complete a four-year degree https://today.citadel.edu/greenville-technical-college-engineering-students-can-now-seamlessly-transfer-to-the-citadel-to-complete-a-four-year-degree/ Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:20:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25524 "It is exciting to us to have The Citadel as a resource for our Engineering Transfer graduates wanting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering."]]>

Photo above: Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College is joining The Citadel in a mutual effort to provide enhanced engineering education opportunities for (non-cadet) students who want to elevate their two-year program to a full, four-year, undergraduate engineering degree.

“Greenville Tech is happy to expand the opportunities for our engineering graduates,” said Mark Hapstack, Mechanical Engineering department head for Greenville Technical College. “It is exciting to us to have The Citadel as a resource for our Engineering Transfer graduates wanting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.”

Through the agreement, academically qualified students at Greenville Technical College will be able to complete their first two years there and then seamlessly transfer into one of five engineering Bachelors of Science degree pathways at The Citadel:

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering program

The Citadel’s undergraduate degree transfer programs like this one are administered by The Citadel Graduate College. They are non-cadet, evening or online programs.

Andrew Williams, Ph.D., Dean for The Citadel School of Engineering
Andrew Williams, Ph.D., Dean for The Citadel School of Engineering

“The Citadel School of Engineering, consistently ranked among the top-25 engineering schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report, is excited about our new partnership with Greenville Technical College,” said Andrew Williams, Ph.D., dean for The Citadel School of Engineering. “We gladly welcome Greenville Tech’s students and intend to make the transfer process as easy as possible.”

The agreement includes a review every five years to ensure that the academic content of the related courses at Greenville Technical College are comparable to corresponding courses offered by The Citadel, as successful completion of the general education curriculum is an absolute requirement for all students graduating from The Citadel.

The agreement became effective July 1, 2021.

For information on how to apply to The Citadel’s non-cadet engineering transfer program, please go to this webpage, email transfer@citadel.edu or call (843) 953-5089.

For information on how to apply to attend Greenville Technical College, please visit this website.

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Work on replacement for Capers Hall brings research home for longtime Citadel engineering professor https://today.citadel.edu/work-on-replacement-for-capers-hall-brings-research-home-for-longtime-citadel-engineering-professor/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:15:09 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25372 A nationally renowned Citadel professor is an expert on the structural elements that make the building foundation safe and resilient.]]>

Photo: Demolition of the old Capers Hall on July 13, 2021.

Nationally renowned Citadel professor is an expert on the structural elements that make the building foundation safe and resilient

As the old Capers Hall is being torn down, the work on the building that will replace it begins.

Soon construction crews will begin driving piles, long structural elements that will support the new building, into the ground.

These piles, specifically, are made from prestressed concrete.

Timothy Mays, Ph.D., P.E.

“Though pile driving is by no means quiet, the choice to use prestressed concrete over something like steel will help keep construction a bit quieter for our campus and community neighbors,” said Civil Engineering professor Timothy Mays, Ph.D., P.E.

And while these are a common material for piles – especially in the Lowcountry, where the soil and design criteria require deep piles – they also have a very special connection to The Citadel and Mays directly.

Mays is a nationally known expert in prestressed concrete piles. He has spent more than 15 years at The Citadel researching these piles, and he also serves as a technical expert for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Additionally, he is currently serving as the lead author of the first ever, national standard on the design and construction of prestressed concrete piles.

When the standard is approved, Mays’ research from The Citadel will have a powerful affect across the country.

“The main benefit of having a national standard on prestressed concrete piles is that buildings, bridges and marine structures will all have the same design and construction expectations,” said Mays. “Right now, the procedures are very different. Also, having a standard will make the process of incorporating new research on piles much easier.”

This is not the first such occurrence for Mays. From 2015-2018 he developed design guides and software for pile caps (poured reinforced concrete elements at the tops of the piles) for the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute. These guides and software are used by engineers internationally.

“Personally and professionally, it is very exciting to know that all future pile designs in the United States will follow procedures I was able to help develop,” continued Mays.

Once the old Capers Hall is completely gone, and the new piles are in place, work on the new building will continue.

The architectural design for the new building, provided by Woolpert, will align with the iconic design elements of other campus structures, incorporating both traditional and transitional elements in a three-story, 107,700-square-foot facility.

 “It is exciting to know that when we watch these piles get driven into the ground, that they will have undergone the highest loading that they will ever see throughout the life of the structure,” concluded Mays. “I am delighted to know that the new building will be an enduring legacy for students and faculty to use for so many years to come.”

Architectural renderings of the new Capers Hall:

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Lowe hosts cadet-recruits for lecture series https://today.citadel.edu/lowe-hosts-cadet-recruits-for-lecture-series/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:00:04 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25374 The Citadel’s ExCEL program is a scholarship and development program sponsored by the National Science Foundation for students who show exceptional leadership potential. ]]>

Lowe recently hosted a group of incoming cadet-recruits from The Citadel School of Engineering’s Excellence in Civil Engineering Leadership (ExCEL) program.

As part of Lowe’s partnership with The Citadel, which includes a recurring, visiting lecture series with the School of Engineering, executives from Lowe and BL Harbert International gave an in-class lecture and hosted a site tour at Lowe’s construction site for The Cooper Hotel, downtown Charleston’s new full-service waterfront hotel, which broke ground in 2020.

“By partnering with The Citadel’s School of Engineering, Lowe is helping to showcase real-world experiences and in turn, better prepare cadets for career opportunities in the future,” said Mike Mansager, vice president of Lowe. “We enjoyed interacting with such a great group of cadet-recruits and look forward to inviting them back to see The Cooper Hotel construction progress through to completion.”  

During the lecture in June, Lowe’s team members discussed real-world construction analysis and experiences before an official site tour of The Cooper. In conjunction with the lecture, the site tour was used to illustrate the construction process and the challenges and opportunities associated with building foundations for large waterfront developments.

“We are so thankful for Lowe’s support of the School of Engineering and of our cadets,” said Professor Rebekah Burke, Ph.D. “This valuable partnership not only introduces our cadets to real estate and construction management but provides them a better understanding of how classroom lessons apply in real-world development.”

The Citadel’s ExCEL program is a scholarship and development program sponsored by the National Science Foundation for students who show exceptional leadership potential. During the four-year program at The Citadel, students first receive academic support so that they can become leaders in the classroom and in the program. During subsequent years, ExCEL focuses on connecting students with resources and experiences to help build a career plan and become leaders in the civil engineering profession.

About Lowe
Lowe is a leading national real estate investment, development and management firm. Over the past 48 years, it has developed, acquired or managed more than $32 billion of real estate assets nationwide as it pursued its mission to build value in real estate by creating innovative, lasting environments and meaningful experiences that connect people and place. Lowe currently has more than $2 billion in commercial real estate projects in the pipeline or under development. In addition to its Los Angeles headquarters, Lowe maintains regional offices in Southern California, Northern California, Charleston, Denver, Seattle, and Washington, DC. For more information visit www.Lowe-RE.com.

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Pell Grant cadets at The Citadel graduate earlier, leave with less debt, earn above average pay, compared to those at many SC colleges https://today.citadel.edu/pell-grant-cadets-at-the-citadel-graduate-earlier-leave-with-less-debt-earn-above-average-pay-compared-to-those-at-many-sc-colleges/ Mon, 12 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24559 "Make the most of your PELL Grant and attend a school that challenges you to become the best version of yourself."]]>

The Federal Pell Grant program is in its 49th year of providing college tuition assistance for students from low- to moderate-income families in the United States. Though in the contemporary context the grant covers less of a college student’s tuition than in earlier years, the $6,495 a qualifying student could be awarded in the 2021-22 academic year may prove to be especially beneficial for cadets at The Citadel.

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Second Honor Graduate for the Class of 2021, Nicholas “Nick” Fricchione, exemplifies that success. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native earned the second highest grades of any member of his class, securing the David Shingler Spell Award. Fricchione was a History major, and served the Corps as November Company Commander during his senior year.

Left to right: Jim Phillips (stepfather), Chris Phillips (mother), Ruth Byerly (grandmother), Izelde Benade (Nick’s fiancé), Alex Fricchione (sister), Denise Fricchione, (stepmother),  Frank Fricchione (father), on Summerall Field at The Citadel.

“When Nick graduated from high school, the prospect of $50,000 per year in college expenses as an out of state student at The Citadel was a bit daunting,” said Frank Fricchione, Nick’s father. “His older sister was a student at Penn State University at the time, working towards her double degree.  I really didn’t want either of my kids to have to shoulder a substantial debt after their graduation. The Pell Grant allowed my daughter to graduate with only a limited and manageable amount of student loans.”

Nick earned a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship, in addition to a Pell Grant, but that wasn’t all.

“Nick also accepted an invitation to join the The Citadel Honors Program, which led to a scholarship from The Citadel Foundation,” Frank added. “In the end, qualifying for the Pell Grant allowed Nick to graduate completely debt free.”

A Pell Grant, unlike a student loan, normally does not require repayment.

“Receiving a Pell Grant allowed me to focus solely on my academic goals while attending college. It relieved financial burden on both myself and my family and gave me the opportunity to concentrate on the purpose of higher education: earning personal freedom, developing character, and learning the ability to rule oneself by utilizing intellectual, cultural, and literary resources found on a college campus.”

2nd. Lt. Nick Fricchione, U.S. Army, Citadel Class of 2021
Left to right: Beverly Gatlin (mother), Miranda Black (sister), Kobe Roberts (nephew), JoAnna Winborn, ’21, and Karrington Roberts (nephew).

High grade point averages are not uncommon for cadets learning with Pell Grant assistance. JoAnna Winborn, also a member of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2021, is the first in her family to graduate from college, and she did so with a 4.0 grade point average.

While a cadet, Winborn was able to expand her world view by studying overseas in Cyprus where she also volunteered in the local community. She was active with the Air Force/Space Force ROTC detachment at The Citadel, and held a position of rank leading 100 cadets, before graduating and accepting a commission from the U.S. Air Force to become an officer.

“I believe my key accomplishments have been my ability to lead others while maintaining a 4.00 cumulative GPA. I learned to balance my personal, academic and cadet life in a healthy manner. I can take those time management skills with me in my work with the military,” said Winborn shortly before graduation. “The Pell Grant allowed me to continue my education and discover how much I really enjoyed my major, Mechanical Engineering. Before The Citadel I had no interest in anything other than becoming a pilot. Now, I hope to continue my education as an engineer and become more proficient in Aerodynamics.”

Pell and The Citadel

“A college education is an investment that provides a payoff to students typically valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

By the Future of the Middle Class Initiative, Brookings Institute

In the most recent academic year listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, more than 7 million students were awarded Pell grants at a total of close to $28.7 million (2017-2018). In South Carolina that year, close to 600 cadets and students at The Citadel earned Pell Grant tuition assistance.

“Our data show that close to 70% of cadets who qualify for Pell Grants come from South Carolina, so the grants are especially helpful to people living in our state. Additionally, cadet Pell recipients, like all cadets, graduate in fewer years that those at almost every other public college in the state,” said The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR.

“Pell recipient cadets really maximize their return on investment with a Citadel bachelor’s degree, earning starting salaries beginning at $38,000 – $57,000. That’s higher than any other South Carolina public institution with the exception of the medical university according to the U.S. Department of Education,” Selden added. “Without a degree, the same individuals would likely earn much less.”

Now, serving in the U.S. Army, 2nd Lieutenant Fricchione had a bit of advice for Pell-qualified high schoolers considering The Citadel.

“I would say to other PELL Grant recipients that no institution of higher education in the country can offer the same tools and opportunities to truly develop and free your future like The Citadel does. Make the most of your PELL Grant and attend a school that challenges you to become the best version of yourself.”

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Remembering a titan of the engineering profession: Jack McCormac, Citadel Class of 1948 https://today.citadel.edu/remembering-a-titan-of-the-engineering-profession-jack-mccormac-citadel-class-of-1948/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25169 Photo of Prof. Jack Mccormac The Citadel Class of 1948Photo of Prof. Jack Mccormac The Citadel Class of 1948"...the Engineering News-Record listed Jack McCormac as one of the most outstanding 125 engineers and architects of the last 125 years..."]]> Photo of Prof. Jack Mccormac The Citadel Class of 1948Photo of Prof. Jack Mccormac The Citadel Class of 1948

“We lost a titan of the engineering profession this summer. Professor Jack McCormac was a renowned alumnus from The Citadel School of Engineering and graduated as a veteran student with the Class of 1948, after his time as a cadet was interrupted by two years of service in the Army Air Corps.

Professor McCormac left an astounding legacy as a prolific engineering textbook author and gentleman scholar. In addition, he was Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, and a leader at Clemson University. During his career he accumulated a remarkable record of accomplishments and honors as a celebrated engineering educator, including being inducted into the inaugural Citadel Engineering Academy in 2013.

Professor McCormac will also be remembered as a generous benefactor to his alma mater. His legacy will live on through the Jack McCormac Class of 1948 Scholarship, American Society of Civil Engineers Student Competition Fund, and the enduring inspiration of his extraordinary contributions and kindness of heart.”

Jeff Davis, Ph.D., P.E., head of The Citadel Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

As seen in The State

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Carlisle McMaster McCormac, his brother Duncan Leon McCormac, Jr., and his parents.

Professor McCormac graduated from Dreher High School in 1943 at 15. At The Citadel, he played on the golf team and served on the staff of The Civil Engineer. His time there was interrupted by two years in the Army Air Corps Weather Service, during which he rose from the rank of private to second lieutenant. Afterwards, he earned a B.S. from The Citadel in 1948 and an M.S. from MIT in 1949, both in Civil Engineering. In 1995, Clemson University honored him with a Doctor of Letters.

While teaching at Clemson for 36 years, Professor McCormac became a full professor, and published seven major texts in the areas of structural analysis, structural steel design, reinforced concrete design, and surveying. He became one of the foremost and most widely sold authors of engineering texts in the world. His textbooks remain in print today, have been adopted for use at over 500 colleges and universities around the world, and have been translated into many different languages.

Professor McCormac was a licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor, and served on the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors for ten years, chairing it for two years. He worked for four years in the Construction Division of E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc., at the Savannah River Plant. Professor McCormac graded national engineering licensing exams for many years, conducted research at the University of Edinburgh, and served for many years on The Citadel’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

Professor McCormac received multiple awards for outstanding educator of the year and for professional achievement. He was selected for membership in Chi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Pi. Clemson named him Alumni Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and a member of the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists, and awarded him with the Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence. He was also named to The Citadel Academy of Engineers. He received national awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Concrete Institute, and the American Society of Engineering Education, and received AT&T’s national award for excellence in engineering teaching. Professor McCormac felt particularly honored to have been awarded the ASCE’s LeTellier Cup for outstanding lifetime contribution to the profession of Civil Engineering.

In 1999, the Engineering News-Record listed Jack McCormac as one of the most outstanding 125 engineers and architects of the last 125 years, alongside Thomas Edison, Buckminster Fuller, Henry Kaiser, Frank Lloyd Wright, I.M. Pei, and Gustav Eiffel, among others.

Professor McCormac was humbled by awards, always saying that he wrote textbooks for his own classrooms to try to make engineering more interesting and understandable. He was passionate about teaching, and he delighted in the success of his students. He was a demanding teacher, expecting a high standard of work, but he strove to communicate and motivate, and was always willing to help students outside of the classroom. Consistently, he urged students to answer the call to adopt “lifelong self-instruction.”

Following retirement from Clemson as a professor emeritus, Professor McCormac continued to read and study. For 63 years, he was a member of Clemson United Methodist Church, where he often led Sunday school lessons based on hours of study and preparation. At 82, he wrote the first of what became a series of murder mysteries, eventually publishing seven “Sketching Detective” books.

“Happy Jack” liked few things better than being outdoors (except maybe family and ice cream, but not necessarily in that order). He began playing golf when he was about six, and played regularly until only a few months before his death. He loved playing tennis, hiking, swimming, fishing, fossil hunting, building stone walls, and “trailing after [his] beloved wife Mary on her many antiquing trips.”

Jack McCormac was a kind gentleman, and one who will be sorely missed.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Jack McCormac Endowed Scholarship, Clemson Foundation, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, South Carolina 29631; the Jack C. McCormac, ’48, Civil Engineering Scholarship, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29409; or, to Clemson United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 590, Clemson, South Carolina 29633.

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Congratulations to The Citadel’s 2021 veteran student graduates https://today.citadel.edu/congratulations-to-the-citadels-2021-veteran-student-graduates/ Sun, 20 Jun 2021 10:00:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24843 First, to all of The Citadel’s veteran students, thank you for your service to the United States of America. The college would also like to congratulate our veteran students who]]>

First, to all of The Citadel’s veteran students, thank you for your service to the United States of America.

The college would also like to congratulate our veteran students who graduated as part of The Citadel Class of 2021.

Veteran students at The Citadel (named one of the Top Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report, and other ranking sources), can study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, either on campus, or online depending on the degree.

The veteran student Class of 2021 graduates studied in the programs and settings that best fit their career goals and personal needs, including as cadet veterans, day veterans attending with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, evening undergraduate veterans, graduate school veterans, or as active duty students.

The Citadel Class of 2021 veteran students are as follows (day program):

Ian Earl Adams
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Joseph Peter Arnold
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Katelyn Marie Arnold
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Wayland Ray Baker
Master of Business Administration

Curtis Michael Baynes
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Matthew Stephen Bonham
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Steven Buckwalter
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Corey Matthew Byrd
Master of Business Administration

Jennifer Lynne Byrd
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Stephanie Rose Clinevell
Master of Business Administration

Christian Edward Cochran
Master of Business Administration

Brittney Marie Deckard
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Joseph Raymond Demelis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Nicholas Erickson
Master of Business Administration

Margaret Chandler Fowler
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jose Daniel Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Luis Humberto Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Jamar Haggwood
Master of Business Administration

Alden Moinet Hathaway III
Master of Business Administration

Carlo Michael Hodil
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Timothy Douglas Jones
Master of Business Administration

Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina
Master of Science Project Management

Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andrew Robert Nyser
Master of Science Project Management

Dennis Brian O’Connor
Master of Science Project Management

William Bradley Pond
Master of Business Administration

Matthew Edward Rushing
Master of Science Project Management

John Paul Semones
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Michael Sharpe
Master of Business Administration

Trevor Raymond Speelman
Master of Business Administration

Jonathan Meyer Workman
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Evening program graduates

Christian Edward Cochran
Master of Business Administration

Brittney Marie Deckard
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Joseph Raymond Demelis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Nicholas Erickson
Master of Business Administration

Margaret Chandler Fowler
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jose Daniel Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Luis Humberto Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Jamar Haggwood
Master of Business Administration

Alden Moinet Hathaway III
Master of Business Administration

Carlo Michael Hodil
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Timothy Douglas Jones
Master of Business Administration

Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina
Master of Science

Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andrew Robert Nyser
Master of Science

Dennis Brian O’Connor
Master of Science

William Bradley Pond
Master of Business Administration

Matthew Edward Rushing
Master of Science

John Paul Semones
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Michael Sharpe
Master of Business Administration

Trevor Raymond Speelman
Master of Business Administration

Jonathan Meyer Workman
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Support for veterans studying with The Citadel

Veteran Student Success Center

The Citadel proudly offers veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their education in an environment that understands and appreciates military service. There is a special building on campus dedicated to veteran students for their use only. Read more here about the Veteran Student Success Center , how to apply to The Citadel and how to get assistance with your G.I. Bill funding.

The Citadel Student Veterans Association

The Citadel Student Veterans Association Chapter is a direct portal from the U.S. Armed Forces to the proud and respected traditions of the higher education our country is known for. It is run by the college’s veteran students with the help of The Citadel’s Veterans Services Coordinator.

“At The Citadel we find the likeminded brotherhood that drew us each to our respective branches of service.” 

The Citadel Student Veterans Association

For more information, please email citadelveterans@citadel.edu.

The Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship Program

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020
The Baker Veteran Fellowship Awards Ceremony and Veteran Student Gold Star Certificate Presentations take place at Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship is a unique and rewarding experience for veteran students intended to help meet the immediate set of needs of veteran students at The Citadel, while positioning the fellows for future success. With the support from Tommy Baker, (namesake for the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business), selected Citadel veterans studying in all areas are given a significant advantage over students at other institutions.

The program includes 10 fellowships each academic year and includes a $5,000 stipend for tuition and educational expenses and an individualized internship experience overseen by The Citadel Career Services division, which offers academic credit as well as a customized educational experience. One component of the internship experience is a research project, where students complete an assessment of an organizational issue with recommended strategies and solutions.  To learn more, or to apply, please visit this webpage.

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As seen in the Gaffney Ledger, by Scott Powell

Zac Painter will enter The Citadel honors program in prestigious company when the newly minted Blacksburg High graduate heads to the military college in August.

Painter was among eight students to receive a full ride to attend The Citadel’s premier program for intellectually and academically gifted students. The scholarship will cover the full cost of attendance at The Citadel, which was $30,400 for an incoming freshman cadet last school year.

Painter became interested in the military college when his dad toured the campus with a group of students enrolled in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

Painter was ranked fourth in his Blacksburg High graduation class. He played on the Blacksburg High varsity football, basketball and baseball teams while enrolled in challenging courses.

“I plan to major in electrical engineering,” Painter said. “I took an electronics class at the Institute of Innovation and fell in love with it.”

The Citadel School of Engineering currently has the 17th best engineering program in America, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report.

“There is a 100% job placement rate for students in their engineering school within three months of graduation,” Painter said. “This was a big deal for me when I thought about where I wanted to go to college.”

The Citadel is best known for its Corps of Cadets and draws students from 45 states and a dozen countries to live and study in a class military system focused on leadership and character development. The military college founded its Honor Program in 1987 to provide a community of curious students with interesting and challenging academic coursework.

After he was accepted in October, Painter said he decided to apply for scholarships available through The Citadel to see if he could help his family with his college costs. He was required to write three essays and do a personal interview with a professor before the Blacksburg native was selected to receive a full scholarship.

Painter has gotten an early morning wake-up call to go on 5:30 a.m. runs in recent weeks so he can improve his conditioning and fitness in preparation for life as a cadet at The Citadel.

“There will be no free time. I will take eight classes a year in the Honors Program,” Painter said. “I managed a tough academic schedule in high school while working and playing three sports. I feel my work ethic and how I managed my time helped me prepare.”

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