Engineering – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 17 Dec 2020 21:19:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 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 Tis the season: cadets share holiday thoughts and traditions https://today.citadel.edu/tis-the-season-cadets-share-holiday-thoughts-and-traditions/ Sat, 19 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21150 Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019When you are kind, when you treat people with respect and show that you care about them, it goes a very long way.]]> Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019

Photo above: Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019

By Cadet Samantha Walton, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Cadet Samantha Walton

I’m Samantha Walton. I am a junior, the Regimental Public Affairs NCO for the 2020-21 academic year, and am majoring in Political Science.

I am home in Macon, Georgia with my family for the our Winter Furlough from campus.

Christmas is a very important time for me as a Christian, as an individual, and as a member of The Citadel Gospel Choir.

I also appreciate the differences of my fellow students in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. We don’t all see this season in the same way.

As part of my role as Regimental Public Affairs NCO I work to keep cadets connected through communications and stories. This time, I asked a few cadets to share their thoughts about the holiday season after we all left campus for the break. This is what they emailed back to me.

Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu

Junior, Construction Engineering Major
Taiwan

Favorite holiday song?
My favorite holiday song is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” because it is very jolly.

A tradition you cherish?
In Taiwan, most people don’t really celebrate Christmas as our holiday, but we do occasionally exchange gifts for fun and sharing joy.

Fondest holiday memory?
I remember when I was little, my dad came home very late once on Christmas eve, dressed up as Santa Claus, and gave me and my brothers presents. This was a special memory because we really didn’t normally celebrate Christmas. And last year I took an amazing trip to Austria.

Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019
Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019

Looking forward to?
I look forward to the decorations everywhere when in America with my host family. It is so magical to see all the lights, Christmas trees, and decorations everywhere you go. Additionally, I was looking forward to going home to Taiwan, but due to COVID-19 I am staying with my host family.

Caring for others in this challenging time?
I am helping my host family move to a new home, gathering things and delivering them for donations, and packing up.

Religious traditions?
I am not religious.

On your wish list?
A Netflix marathon!


Cadet Natalie Stewart, USMC contract

Sophomore, Psychology Major
Las Vegas, Nevada

Cadet Natalie Stewart’s Christmas tree and family dog

Favorite holiday song?
Happy Christmas by John Lennon

A tradition you cherish?
On Christmas my mom, sister and I sit in the living room together and share lots of love. We eat cookies, wear fuzzy pajamas, and spend time together.

Fondest holiday memory?
My fondest holiday memory is when I came home for Winter Furlough from my knob year. I hadn’t seen my family since I left for matriculation, since they live so far away. I remember coming home to my mom and sister, and I felt an immense rush of joy when they hugged me. 

This year we are taking extra precautions to keep my grandparents safe and ordering our gifts all online.

Looking forward to?
I am looking forward to relaxing and spending lots of time with my family and dogs. Since there isn’t much to do with COVID-19 regulations, we will all be home together this Christmas. I hope to make some cookies with my sister! 

Religious traditions?
My family isn’t a specific religion, but we always express the importance of spreading kindness and acceptance in the world. 

On your wish list?
I asked for a new pair of glasses and a watch. I’ll be going into 2021 with 20/20 vision – ha!

Band Company cadet Natalie Stewart prepares supplies before knob arrivals during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel.

Caring for others in this challenging time?
I think the first thing we can do as individuals is spread kindness and love (especially in times like these). For those who are able, there are programs you can reach out to, where you can help others in need. Having open arms (6ft away of course) and recognizing each other’s individual needs can go a long way.

I went through my closet the other day, and I posted what I gathered on my neighborhood page. I was glad I found some people my age who were in need of some clothes. We also got in touch with a local church, where you can “adopt a family” and it allows you to help out a family in need. 

“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love” – Anonymous (Buddhist quote)

Jaret Sean Price

Junior, Exercise Science Major
Aiken, South Carolina

Favorite holiday song?
Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

A tradition you cherish?
A tradition that I cherish is that every Christmas Eve after dinner my brother, sister, and I each open an ornament given to us by my Mom and Dad to hang on the family Christmas tree. This was something my Mom did as a little girl with her parents and carried it over when I was born. I hope one day I can continue this family tradition when I have children of my own.

Fondest holiday memory?
I don’t really have a fondest holiday memory. I just enjoy being home with my family and living in the “now.” Every Christmas leaves me with a new memory, and if I were asked what I remember from a certain Christmas then I’d be able to answer with a smile.

Looking forward to?
Each year I look forward to coming home from The Citadel for Winter Furlough and walking into the house to see that my parents have put up all 25 Christmas trees. Each Christmas tree, of course, has its own theme.

The COVID-19 pandemic really isn’t changing how we celebrate the holidays. We’re wearing masks, but still celebrating.

Religious traditions?
We put up my great-grandfathers manger and Nativity Scene that he built and the figurines my great-grandmother painted.

On your wish list?
Not much, just some closes and little things.

Caring for others in this challenging time?
Every Christmas season we do a sweep of clothes that we don’t wear anymore or that are too small on my younger siblings. Those clothes are collected and are taken to the local Goodwill for people who will need them.

When you are kind, when you treat people with respect and show that you care about them, it goes a very long way. As a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets I remember people who were kind and caring towards me, who took the time out of their day to check on me. That is someone I want to be, something that I don’t ever want to steer away from; and I truly believe that all Cadets are capable to doing this.

Freshmen on Matriculation Day 2020

James Hayes III
Freshman, Civil Engineering Major
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Favorite holiday song?
“This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway. We always play this song during the Christmas season.

A tradition you cherish?
A tradition I cherish is when my family goes to my grandparents’ house. We all go there and eat good food, open gifts, and have great fellowship. It’s something I look forward to every year. Unfortunately with the pandemic I don’t think we can all go be with my grandparents.

Fondest holiday memory?
My grandma’s sweet potato pie. It’s a staple during the holiday season

Looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and friends. I also like to fish so I’m looking forward to that as well.

I am also looking forward to going back to campus in January, but I hope we can have more interaction with our peers, though I know the restrictions were meant to keep us from getting COVID-19. I really enjoyed the battalion cookout we had before we left for furlough. I think doing more of those throughout the year would help a lot.

On your wish list?
I would like to get a guitar and keyboard piano because I started practicing on those instruments this past semester at The Citadel. 

Caring for others in this challenging time?
We are getting gifts for people at the homeless shelters. We are also taking some of our extra clothes and jackets there for people to use this winter.

Candles line the aisle at The Citadel Christmas Candlelight services
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The Citadel begins search for new School of Engineering dean https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-begins-search-for-new-school-of-engineering-dean/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:19:19 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20898 One of the top objectives for the person selected to lead The Citadel School of Engineering will be to develop programs and practices with clear over-arching goals, in collaboration with faculty, staff, cadets and students, to guide the school’s evolution under the Our Mighty Citadel 2026 plan]]>

Photo above: Engineering cadets participate in outdoor laboratory work February 10, 2020.

A search committee is being formed to oversee the recruiting and hiring of a new dean for The Citadel School of Engineering, ranked repeatedly in the top 25 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The committee will be headed by Kevin Bower, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic Operations and professor of Civil Engineering for The Citadel.

“One of the top objectives for the person selected to lead The Citadel School of Engineering will be to develop student enrollments and practices with clear over-arching goals, in collaboration with faculty, staff, cadets and students, to guide the school’s evolution under the Our Mighty Citadel 2026 plan and beyond,” said Bower.

Col. Ronald Welch, US Army (Ret.), Ph.D., dean of The Citadel School of Engineering

The current dean, Col. Ronald W. Welch, U.S. Army (Ret.), Ph.D., P.E., FASCE, will complete the academic year. Following a sabbatical, he will serve as a professor in Civil Engineering in fall 2022.

“On June 30, 2021, Dr. Ron Welch will finish 10 successful years as the Dean of the School of Engineering. His deanship has been a very productive one for The Citadel, positioning the college as a leading engineering institution, both in South Carolina and nationally,” said Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.) vice president of Communications and Marketing and spokesperson for The Citadel.

During Welch’s tenure as dean, the School of Engineering implemented new undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering, Construction Engineering and Computer Engineering, as well as three graduate programs. He has also developed an exceptionally talented and diverse faculty and staff.  Additionally, during his time as dean, The Citadel School of Engineering was ranked in the top 25 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report for nine consecutive years.

Citadel dean of Engineering, Ron Welch (center) accepts award from ASCE officers in Denver
Citadel dean of Engineering, Ron Welch, Ph.D., PE. (center) accepts award from ASCE officers in Denver

In recent years, Welch was recognized for his career-long service to the American Society of Civil Engineers by being named Fellow and by being awarded the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition award, among other accolades received for other industry leadership service.

Welch joined The Citadel in 2011 as dean of the School of Engineering. Prior to that, he was with the University of Texas at Tyler. Additionally, he was a professor at his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, before retiring from the Army with the rank of colonel.

“The Citadel has benefitted enormously from Dean Welch’s leadership and we are grateful for his contributions,” Dorrian said.

More details on the search for Welch’s successor will be announced in the first few months of 2021.

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What to Do With a Mechanical Engineering Degree https://today.citadel.edu/what-to-do-with-a-mechanical-engineering-degree/ Fri, 11 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20760 Lt. Col. Robert Rabb, the Mechanical Engineering department head, describes the profession as "one of the broadest engineering disciplines."]]>

As seen in U.S. News & World Report, by Ilana Kowarski

Understanding how and why machines work isn’t necessarily intuitive. Some devices that seem simple on the surface, such as conveyor belts, actually rely on intricate technology and precise handiwork.

A mechanical engineering degree teaches someone how to build contraptions with moving parts, ranging from little objects like watches to enormous vehicles like space shuttles. Robot building teams often include mechanical engineers, and medical device manufacturing also involves mechanical engineering.

“It really is pretty hard to think of something that exists in the world that a mechanical engineer hasn’t had a hand in designing,” says Robert Hurlston, chief engineer and co-founder with Fidelis Engineering Associates, a Michigan-based engineering consultancy.

Hurlston, who has a doctorate in nuclear engineering, says the distinction between mechanical engineering and other areas of engineering is that it tends to focus on moving objects like cars and planes as opposed to stationary objects like bridges and buildings.

Eric Johnson, director of innovation with Bright Machines – a company that designs technology for the manufacturing industry – says that mechanical engineering was out-of-fashion for a long time due to an increased emphasis on other areas of engineering like software engineering and electrical engineering. But he suggests that it is now “cool again.”

Johnson notes that powerful emerging technologies like solar panels, electric cars and reusable rockets could not possibly be designed and produced without the labor of mechanical engineers.

Allen Robinson, head of the mechanical engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, notes that “the emergence of data science” has increased the number and variety of job options for mechanical engineers. They can now combine “machine learning” with engineering to address a wide range of formidable technical problems, “from water desalination to gene expression,” says Robinson, who has a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

Here is an overview of the numerous career options for someone who earns a mechanical engineering degree.

Jobs for People With Mechanical Engineering Degrees

The problem-solving approach and clear communication style that mechanical engineering students are taught are valuable skills, Johnson says, noting that mechanical engineers are typically excellent at analyzing and explaining complicated issues.

Because of their ability to understand and clarify difficult concepts and identify solutions to challenges, mechanical engineers are often recruited by management consulting firms, Johnson says. Mechanical engineers can also become outstanding project managers or business executives, he explains.

Joe Heaney, president of Lotus Biosecurity – a company that develops sanitation technology solutions for businesses operating in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – notes that individuals with mechanical engineering degrees are well-suited for technical sales positions that involve explaining and customizing a technology firm’s products for prospective clients.

Mechanical engineers are also involved with research and development at many scientific laboratories, according to Heaney, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University.

“Traditionally, mechanical engineering graduates have often gone into manufacturing, helping to design many of the home products and appliances that we use on a daily basis,” Bala Balachandran, chair of the mechanical engineering department at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, wrote in an email.

“With the emergence of advanced technologies, the door is now open for mechanical engineers to become involved in nanotech – for instance, in designing medicines and devices that work at a very tiny scale,” says Balachandran, who has a doctorate in engineering mechanics.

Marie Buharin, a hiring manager in the medical device industry, says she routinely hires mechanical engineers.

“We hire many mechanical engineers in the medical device industry,” says Buharin, who is also the founder of Modernesse, a website that provides career development advice. “It is one of the most commonly found majors among many departments within medical device companies.”

Lt. Col. Robert Rabb, department head and assistant dean for assessment at The Citadel – a military college in South Carolina – describes mechanical engineering as “one of the broadest engineering disciplines.”

Rabb – who has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering – notes that mechanical engineers can work on ambitious government building projects and often advance quickly into project leadership roles.

Mechanical engineers typically work with their hands, Rabb says. “Mechanical engineers are not at a desk all the time. We have to design, develop, build, and test. This requires us to see and touch something besides a computer.”

These are some examples of jobs where a mechanical engineering credential is valuable, according to experts.

  • Aerospace engineer.
  • Automotive engineer.
  • Biomedical engineer.
  • Business executive.
  • Construction engineer.
  • Entrepreneur.
  • Intellectual property attorney.
  • Manufacturing engineer.
  • Management consultant.
  • Mechanical engineer.
  • Patent lawyer.
  • Production engineer.
  • Project lead.
  • Project manager.
  • Petroleum engineer.
  • Process engineer.
  • Product designer.
  • Quality engineer.
  • Sales engineer.
  • Structural engineer.
  • Technology specialist.
  • Thermal engineer.

Employment Prospects Within Mechanical Engineering

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary among U.S. mechanical engineers in May 2019 was $88,430. It is possible to enter the profession with only a bachelor’s degree.

Someone who is considering a mechanical engineering education but who may feel unready for college may want to pursue a trade industrial apprenticeship, says Brian Keating, director of the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Fund for the United Service Workers Union Local 355 chapter in New York.

Keating notes that alumni of building trade apprenticeship programs sometimes go on to become mechanical engineers.

Experts note that it is often beneficial for mechanical engineers to seek supplemental education in computer science or business, but also suggest that such additional training is optional.

“A mechanical engineering degree affords the individual a virtual Swiss Army knife of skill sets,” Keith F. Noe, a partner with Lando & Anastasi, LLP, a Boston-based intellectual property law firm, wrote in an email.

Noe, who has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, says that the skills cultivated via a degree in this field are applicable to a wide array of industries and work assignments.

“A mechanical engineer has opportunities to work in the automotive, heating and cooling, manufacturing and aeronautic industries, to name a few,” he explains. “Projects can be revolutionary or evolutionary.”

Some mechanical engineering projects involve designing new products while others focus on either cost reduction, quality improvement or both.

“To use a sports analogy, a Mechanical Engineer is the utility player of the engineering world,” Tony Sanger, a senior vice president at the Turner & Townsend multinational consulting firm, wrote in an email. “The opportunities are endless.”

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Citadel School of Engineering recognizes four leaders in the profession https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-school-of-engineering-recognizes-four-leaders-in-the-profession/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18291 The Academy of Engineers honors those who have helped educate and develop principled engineering leaders to serve a global community.]]>

The Citadel School of Engineering is honoring four new industry leaders by inducting them into the Academy of Engineers. The four are being recognized for their professional successes, as well as for making a significant contribution to their community.

Every year, The Citadel School of Engineering honors engineers who have lived a life consistent with the school’s mission, which is to educate and develop principled engineering leaders to serve a global community.

“The Citadel, home to one of the country’s first five engineering education programs, has a long history of cultivating the future of engineering while also recognizing and working alongside the current leaders in the field,” said Col. Ron Welch, USA (Ret.), dean of the School of Engineering. “That’s one reason why we’re so pleased to annually induct new members – those who have succeeded in their profession and contributed to their communities – into our Academy of Engineers. Though the pandemic prevented us from giving them the in-person recognition they deserve, we couldn’t be more proud to claim these four servant-leaders.”

The academy’s 2020 inductees include the following professionals:

Richard A. Day, Citadel Class of 1977

Richard “Rick” Day is a vice president with Stantec Consulting Services Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm with offices throughout North America and abroad. Day is a registered professional engineer in five southeastern states and has practiced civil engineering for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has served in a leadership role in numerous significant engineering projects. Currently he is serving as the project manager for the planning and design for the widening of I-526 in Charleston County from Paul Cantrell Blvd. to Virginia Avenue, an estimated $1.1 billion program.

Day has been active in a number of professional engineering societies throughout his career. He has served these organizations in leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. Day was awarded the Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award in 2016 from the Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Donald E. Stone Jr., Citadel Class of 1980

Donald E. Stone Jr. is the chief executive officer of Dewberry, a 2,200-person engineering, architecture and construction firm with more than 50 offices nationwide. This month he is celebrating 10 years as Dewberry’s CEO and 12 years with the firm overall, which he joined as chief operating officer in 2008. He leads and implements Dewberry’s corporate and market strategies, corporate growth initiatives and has achieved company consolidation and alignment so the firm may better serve its clients. Over the past ten years, Stone has also integrated six acquisitions, adding more than 350 employees to the firm and contributing to Dewberry’s continued expansion into the Southeast and California. 

Graduating as a Distinguished Military Student, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and branched to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a licensed professional engineer in 19 states and a member of The Society of American Military Engineers.

Robert L. Van Antwerp Jr.

Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp Jr., USA (Ret.), known to most simply as General Van, is currently the Vice Chairman of the Flippen Group, a Texas based leadership and organizational development company that specializes in talent assessment, development and alignment. 

Van Antwerp is widely respected across industry and the military as a “leader of leaders,” embodying the traits of successful leadership throughout his long and varied career working with civilians and the military. He retired from the Army after 39 years of service and most recently served as chief of engineers and commanding general of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He was the senior military officer overseeing a $40+ billion program including most of the nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction on 250 Army and Air Force installations worldwide.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Long Island University and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a registered professional engineer. Van Antwerp is also a former chairman of the board of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, board director at USAA, Calibre, Cardno GS, and is on several advisory boards for non-profits.

Glenn M. Walters, Citadel Class of 1979

Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel and member of the Class of 1979, returned to lead his alma mater after serving 39 years as an officer in the Marines. Prior to his arrival, he served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer. As Assistant Commandant, Walters oversaw approximately 184,000 active duty and 38,000 reserve Marines and a $42 billion budget. His duties included representing the Marine Corps at the Department of Defense and leading decisions about defense policy and resourcing in alignment with the National Defense Strategy.

Upon graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Walters was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After initially serving as an infantry officer, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in 1981. Walters later trained and served as a test pilot and was instrumental in testing systems for the AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter. He also served as the first Commander of VMX-22, the initial squadron to field the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for operational testing.

In April 2018, Walters was selected by The Citadel’s Board of Visitors as the 20th President of the college. He is joined by his wife, Gail. A marketing and communications professional, she eagerly embraces her role as The Citadel’s First Lady.

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Nova Technologies honors stalwart engineering professor; 1970 alumnus, with scholarship in his name https://today.citadel.edu/nova-technologies-honors-stalwart-engineering-professor-1970-alumnus-with-scholarship-in-his-name/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 20:00:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20436 Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Johnston W. Peeples ’70 poses for a portrait at Grimsley Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Nova Technologies announced the endowment of a new scholarship in Dr. Peeples’ name to support Cadets with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering at The Citadel. The amount of the initial endowment is $500,000. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Johnston W. Peeples ’70 poses for a portrait at Grimsley Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Nova Technologies announced the endowment of a new scholarship in Dr. Peeples’ name to support Cadets with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering at The Citadel. The amount of the initial endowment is $500,000. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Peeples' devotion to all things in the realm of computer and electrical engineering, or "techno-lust" as he calls it, continues to earn him accolades. ]]> Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Johnston W. Peeples ’70 poses for a portrait at Grimsley Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Nova Technologies announced the endowment of a new scholarship in Dr. Peeples’ name to support Cadets with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering at The Citadel. The amount of the initial endowment is $500,000. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Johnston W. Peeples ’70 poses for a portrait at Grimsley Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Nova Technologies announced the endowment of a new scholarship in Dr. Peeples’ name to support Cadets with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering at The Citadel. The amount of the initial endowment is $500,000. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Dr. Johnston “John” Peeples, ’70, illuminates the way for aspiring electrical and computer engineers

After decades of innovating, leading and teaching, John Peeples, Ph.D., Citadel Class of 1970, still comes to campus energized about answering questions concerning frame relays (high-speed, packet-switched data communications), or debouncing (a circuit providing a clean transition of power output), for example.

Peeples’s devotion to all things in the realm of computer and electrical engineering, or “techno-lust” as he calls it, continues to earn him accolades.

“It’s a bit staggering, really, considering that throughout my career I’ve endeavored to stay under the radar,” Peeples, a native of Estill, South Carolina said. “Above all, I take immense pleasure watching our graduates make the world a better place.”

The most recent recognition for this professor and industry leader: the Dr. Johnston W. Peeples, ’70, Electrical and Computer Engineering Scholarship. The endowed scholarship named for Peeples was made possible because of a $500,000 gift from two fellow engineering alumni, Buddy Black ’78, CEO of Nova Technologies, and Jon Kelley, ’08, also with Nova Technologies. Kelly is one of Peeples’s former students.

Electrical and Computer Engineering professor, Dr. Johnston W. Peeples, ’70, poses for a portrait in Grimsley Hall at The Citadel December 1, 2020. Nova Technologies announced the endowment of a new scholarship in Dr. Peeples’ name to support cadets with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering at The Citadel.

“Nova Technologies is pleased to announce the endowment of a new scholarship to support cadets who are majoring in electrical or computer engineering at The Citadel and who have demonstrated financial need,” Black said in a statement. “The scholarship recognizes the long and dedicated service John Peeples has provided to students and faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and to The Citadel.”

After a successful career as an engineer, including as leader for NCR Corporation, Peeples returned to his alma mater in 1999. Three years later, he was appointed to the William States Lee Professorship and named head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Dr. Peeples, I want to say thank you on behalf of all the engineering graduates you’ve taught and mentored over the years. I distinctly remember your involvement in our freshmen labs and activities, which I can’t imagine is included on the agendas of most department heads. You took the time to directly teach your undergrads and get involved in our academic careers.

You care about your students. You made a connection. The things you’ve said to me and others has inspired us to become better engineers. This scholarship is an extension of the work you’ve already accomplished, impacting future Citadel engineers that will undoubtedly excel in global industry.”

Jon Kelley, The Citadel Class of 2008

Peeples stayed in the role as head of the department for 12 years.

“During his tenure leading the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering, John Peeples created a collegial environment where cadets and students were free to learn, and faculty were free to teach,” said Robert Barsanti, Ph.D., current head of the ECE. “He is an inspirational leader and motivating teacher.”

Barsanti listed some of Peeples’s accomplishments as ECE department head including:

  • Leading department to record enrollments
  • Bringing ECE to national prominence by serving as the president for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association for North America
  • Forming the ECE advisory board. “John brought together great minds, and industry leaders to advise the department.”
  • Revamping curriculum, including a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program, elevating graduate outcomes

Peeples is also a legacy alumnus of The Citadel. His father was Otis B. Peeples, Sr., Class of 1938 and his brother, a retired attorney in Charleston, is Otis B. “Ben” Peeples, Jr., Class of 1967.

Peeples earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in 1970 and accepted a military commission, joining the U.S. Air Force where he served for several years before leaving to continue his education and enter private industry. He went on to the University of South Carolina where he was awarded an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His CV can be viewed here.

Peeples still teaches a full schedule of courses.

The Citadel Foundation is processing the donation to arrange for a possible first recipient in the next year.

“My wife (Nancy) summed this up by reminding me that I attended The Citadel on a full scholarship sponsored by Daniel Construction Company. It is not just great, but also appropriate that now because of Nova Technologies, Buddy Black and Jon Kelly, the Johnston W. Peeples Scholarship can serve future generations,” Peeples wrote in a letter thanking the scholarship donors.

Peeples’s big bang hit list

Peeples speaking at ECEDHA
Peeples speaking at ECEDHA

Here is a look at some of Peeples’s many honors and awards.

Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
One of the electrical engineering industry’s top awards, 2019, provided by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association  (ECEDHA). Peeples, his wife, children and grandchildren were flown to Arizona where he accepted the award.

Some of his additional accolades include:

  • Engineer of the Year, Charleston Engineers Joint Council, 2020
  • Distinguished lecturer, Santee Cooper Engineering Seminar, Summers 2013 – 2018
  • Lawton-Ellis Teaching Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2014-15
  • Distinguished lecturer, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida International University, various years, 2004 – 2014
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellow, Office of Naval Research, 2012
  • NSF-ECEDHA Energy and Power Summer Program Fellow, 2011
  • NCR R&D Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, 1981
  • US Patent #5,359,170 Apparatus for Bonding External Leads of an Integrated Circuit
  • US Patent #6,054,676 Method and Apparatus for Cooling An Integrated Circuit Device

Peeples’ letter of gratitude

After learning about the endowed scholarship in his name, Peeples sent this letter to the grantors:


Dr. John Peeples with his family in 2018. (Left to right) Son, Dr. Dale Peeples, wife Jennifer and son Simon, John, wife Nancy “Bouy,” daughter Hope Lant, her husband Todd and their daughters Sullivan and Zoe. 

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Baker School of Business and School of Engineering team up to address global sustainability challenges https://today.citadel.edu/baker-school-of-business-and-school-of-engineering-team-up-to-address-global-sustainability-challenges/ Tue, 03 Nov 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19328 The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business and the School of Engineering are collaborating on two new classes in which students will develop entrepreneurial endeavors to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). ]]>

Photo: James Bezjian, Ph.D. teaches students how to use a 3-D scanner in The Citadel’s Innovation Lab

By Maria Aselage, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Baker School of Business

Poverty, inequality and climate change are some of the many challenges we face in our world today. In an effort to help find solutions to these important issues, two Citadel professors, one from the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business and another from the School of Engineering, are collaborating on new courses.

The classes will address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), guidelines for all countries to create a more sustainable future for all.

BUILDS Program

The new cooperative initiative is called Bridging Undergraduate Innovation Laboratories to Design for Sustainability (BUILDS).

The program is possible after VentureWell awarded a $30,000 grant to James Bezjian, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship and Jeffery Plumblee, Ph.D., professor of engineer leadership and program management.

VentureWell’s grant program helps institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation.

Team Teaching

Bezjian and Plumblee will use the money to collaborate on a series of project-based classes.

The students will explore global challenges within the framework of UNSDG.

“They will work in groups to identify a challenge that they would like to address, develop viable solutions to their chosen challenge and prepare to take next steps at the culmination of the courses,” said Plumblee.

These courses will utilize The Citadel’s Innovation Lab and its Humanitarian Development Lab.

“In addition to addressing these important goals, our collaboration will teach business students more about technology development and engineering students more about innovation and business,” said Bezjian. “It’s a holistic approach to learning that will benefit Citadel students as well as assist the greater community.”

The first BUILDS classes will be offered next fall.

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Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program preparing cadets to qualify for elite post-graduate scholarships https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-distinguished-scholars-program-preparing-cadets-to-qualify-for-elite-post-graduate-scholarships/ Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19650 CDSP provides its scholars with targeted mentoring and fellowship advising – learning who they are, what they want to accomplish, and helping them chart a path for getting there.]]>

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program (CDSP) is guiding its second group of cadets from the Class of 2023 toward constructing the kind of academic portfolio needed to be seriously considered for prestigious post-graduate scholarships such as a Rhodes or Fulbright.

The program selection committee identifies the highest-performing freshmen, who then work during their time as undergraduates at The Citadel to prepare to compete for master’s or doctoral degrees from the world’s best universities.

If these past months have taught us anything, it is that the world can change at lightning speed. For our future leaders that means not just having command of a narrow body of knowledge, but having the breadth of understanding of the world around us and critical thinking skills to analyze a situation and discern the right course of action quickly. We are helping our future leaders develop the skills to be bold, courageous and definitive.”

Earl Walker, Ph.D., professor of Management and Leadership, The Citadel

CDSP, recognizing that The Citadel is instilling core values in students in a disciplined and intellectually challenging military environment, seeks among them the most ambitious scholars who will then receive a higher level of personal, academic and professional development than was ever offered before.

CDSP’s newest cohort of scholars was selected last spring before the pandemic-forced campus shutdown. They are now sophomores and moving forward in the program.

Cadet Caleb Friend, The Citadel

Caleb Friend is a sophomore from Spartanburg, South Carolina, double-majoring in Modern Languages in French and Spanish. He graduated high school with high honors, where he was involved in the Student Leadership Institute and student government (as class rep and treasurer), Beta Club and concert band. He also participated on the golf, cross country and soccer teams, and attended Boys State. At The Citadel, Caleb is in the Honors Program, and is active in the Catholic Chaplaincy, Citadel Pipe and Drums and Irish Heritage Society. He plans to earn his Master’s before entering the Marines, and hopes to earn a doctorate one day.

Blake Garwood is a sophomore Computer Engineering major from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

At The Citadel, Blake is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and participates in the Association for Computing Machinery Club and the Cybersecurity Club. His favorite pastime is golf, and in high school he played in golf tournaments throughout the state of Florida.

Blake is interested in research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and plans to pursue a Ph.D.

Austin Miles-Curtsinger, is a sophomore from Newark, California, majoring in Political Science. In high school, he was a member of the swimming and water polo teams and volunteered with his city’s police department, assisting in the planning and execution of community events. He was awarded the Marine Option ROTC Scholarship to pay for his college education, and he will eventually commission in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoys reading, swimming, watching movies, horseback riding, exercising and spending time with friends and family. Austin is undecided about a military career and is interested in pursuing a law degree.

Cadet William Moran

William Moran is from Lexington, South Carolina.

He is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major, interested in having an impact via a math-based career in biotechnology while also open to learning new things and creative pursuits. In high school William was dedicated to learning and athletics, participating in cross country and tennis. At The Citadel, William is a member of the Toastmasters Club. He strives to be the friendliest person in the room. 

John Morris is a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Morris is studying Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law and Legal Studies. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology. During high school he played soccer. He also enjoys reading, exercising, surfing and participating in missions for his church. At The Citadel, John participates in the South Carolina Student Legislature delegation and the Citadel’s chapter of the Republican Society. After graduation he plans to go to law school and practice as an attorney.

Cadet Benjamin Race

Benjamin Race is a sophomore double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, looking to add the new Cybersecurity major.

Race is from Columbus, Georgia but spent most of his life in Stockbridge, Michigan. In high school he was a two-time recipient of the AP distinguished scholar award. He was on the rifle team and received the U.S. Army Association award. As commander of the drill team, he helped them win two third-place state titles in drill, a first for his county. At The Citadel, Benjamin is a member of the Math Club and will join the Republican Society next year.

Elissa Reckdenwald is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. During her early teenage years, she moved to Andrews, South Carolina where she graduated from Andrews High School as valedictorian. In high school, Elissa was president of the National Honor Society, president of the Science National Honor Society, a delegate at Palmetto Girls State, and the secretary of FBLA. Elissa was captain of the female varsity cross country and soccer teams for three years, and participated in other extracurricular activities including the Art National Honor Society, drama club, chorus and band. At The Citadel, Elissa is a sophomore Intelligence and Security major with double minors in Leadership and Cyber Interdisciplinary Studies. She hopes to add a major in Spanish. She is a member of the Leadership Scholars Program and a Yawkey Scholar. Elissa also attends Grace Girls and is the manager of The Citadel women’s soccer team. During her first semester at The Citadel, Elissa was awarded Dean’s List, Gold Stars, and President’s list distinctions. She would like to pursue a security career with the U.S. government.

Trevor West is a Veteran Day student, having served as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army. During his enlistment he received two Army Achievement Medals, a U.S. Presidential Certificate of Appreciation and became the only soldier to complete the 82nd Airborne Division’s Pre-Ranger Course as a PV2.

West owns and operates a five-unit rental portfolio consisting of both single family and residential multifamily properties. He is also the Founder and President of The Citadel Real Estate Investment Club, serves as a Sector Head for the Student Managed Investment Fund, and is a Veteran Mentor to Citadel cadets pursuing combat roles and positions in Special Operations units. He is a sophomore Gold Star recipient majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics and Data Science.

“Among our diverse new scholars are future military and civilian leaders, engineers and lawyers,” said Earl Walker, Ph.D., director of CDSP and professor of management and leadership. “We see this program as beneficial to students in all majors and programs looking to maximize their opportunities for successful careers. We will develop their potential over their four years at The Citadel and make them well-rounded, well-versed, academically-prepared candidates who can put themselves up against the best of the best.” 

Potential scholars are invited to apply for the program based on academic achievements through their first semester at The Citadel. Successful candidates must submit an application, be interviewed by a panel of faculty and sign a contract committing them to a variety of academic goals.

“The first things we look for among potential scholars are ambition and verve,” adds Walker. “There are plenty of bright students out there with 4.0s, who will make out fine in life, but there is another tier, an upper echelon, for those who aspire to push themselves to be among the best in the world. 

CDSP provides its scholars with targeted tutoring, mentoring and fellowship advising focused on engagement – learning who they are, what they want to accomplish, and helping them chart a path for getting there.

The first four scholars, selected in 2019, are: 

  • Will Jensen, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Ashley Ruiz, Political Science and Cybersecurity Intelligence
  • Eric Skinner, English and Electrical Engineering
  • Martynas Tendzegolskis, Finance and Political Science 

“We are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates. If you think you have what it takes, please contact us. We want to help you,” Walker concluded.

For more information please contact Dr. Walker via email at walkerw@citadel.edu or Vanya Perez, CDSP program administrator, at vperez@citadel.edu.

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17 reasons why The Citadel School of Engineering is ranked among the top in the nation https://today.citadel.edu/17-reasons-why-the-citadel-school-of-engineering-is-ranked-among-the-top-in-the-nation/ Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19106 Electrical Engineering students participate in laboratory work in Grimsley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Electrical Engineering students participate in laboratory work in Grimsley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)"Highly successful engineering alumni in leadership positions who are strikingly engaged in cadet and graduate support."]]> Electrical Engineering students participate in laboratory work in Grimsley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Electrical Engineering students participate in laboratory work in Grimsley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Photo above: mechanical engineering cadets in lab before COVID-19 in early 2020

Citadel engineering ranked the 17th best program in America by U.S. News & World Report, but why?

The Citadel School of Engineering is consistently ranked among the top 25 engineering programs in America by U.S. News & World Report. The newest list puts it at position 17.

Engineering cadets participate in laboratory work in LeTellier Hall at The Citadel instructed by Dr. Rebekah Burke, before COVID-19, in February 2020

But what makes it stand out above so many other programs? U.S. News & World Report uses a complex methodology to build the rankings based on data each college provides annually to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s important, of course. But here are 17 reasons why engineering cadets, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the campus community think The Citadel School of Engineering ranks among America’s superior programs:

  1. Full-time doctorate level, faculty instructors only – no teaching assistants
  2. Disciplined and dedicated cadets and students who are savvy about time management
  3. Hands-on learning with advanced equipment on campus for real-world engineering practice
  4. Industry-leading faculty members producing high-impact partnerships, change-leading research and publications while serving as leaders in professional associations and community STEM engagement
  5. Low student to faculty ratio with student services team, providing tailored guidance to ensure each student’s success
  6. Innovation mindset: Engineering cadets won $10,000 for their idea the Baker Business Bowl in 2019
  7. Freshmen stay, and return the next year; high freshmen retention rate
  8. Ongoing collaboration between civilian, veteran, and active duty populations of cadets, students, and faculty
  9. Consistent student success in engineering competitions
  10. They’re cool: they build robot hands to teach sign language
  11. A hearty menu of options with five undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees (some fully online) and 14 career-enhancing graduate certificates
  12. Strong relationships with leading South Carolina engineering industry enterprises
  13. High regard for program by deans and senior faculty at peer institutions
  14. 98% job placement within 2 months of graduation
  15. Highly successful engineering alumni in leadership positions who are strikingly engaged in cadet and graduate support
  16. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is ranked #9 in America by U.S. News & World Report, and has ranked in the top 10 numerous times
  17. Producing principled, highly-trained engineers since 1842

Louis Brems – The Citadel SY 18-19, Peyton Campbell, President’s Report, Engineering

Boost your potential: consider transferring to The Citadel to complete your engineering degree

The Citadel School of Engineering offers a non-cadet, evening program for degree transfer students who complete their first two years at Trident Technical College, or another regionally accredited institution.

South Carolina residents have flexible and affordable guaranteed access  to the non-cadet, evening undergraduate degree options after meeting minimum admissions requirements. The college’s 2+2 Transfer Program will save a South Carolina resident an average of more than $20,000 over the course of 4-years, when compared with the costs of completing a 4-year degree at a public university.

Applicants will work with Citadel admissions advisors to complete a 2-year associates degree, which includes engineering prerequisites (with at least a 2.0 GPA), at a regionally accredited college and then transfer to The Citadel to earn a Bachelors of Science in one of 5 engineering disciplines

For more information, email transfer@citadel.edu or call (843) 953-5089.

Engineering faculty and cadets lead K-12 competitions during Storm The Citadel 2018

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Lowe, The Citadel launch educational program for Civil and Construction Engineering cadets and students https://today.citadel.edu/lowe-the-citadel-launch-educational-program-for-civil-and-construction-engineering-cadets-and-students/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18877 Citadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development companyCitadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development companyBeginning in spring 2021, Lowe’s internship program will be offered to juniors and seniors within The Citadel School of Engineering.]]> Citadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development companyCitadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development company

Photo above: Citadel engineering cadets and students tour The Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development company

On September 23, Lowe announced its partnership with The Citadel to launch a construction educational program, featuring an in-class lecture series with Lowe executives, on-site project tours and an internship program at Lowe’s Southeast regional office in Charleston for students enrolled in The Citadel School of Engineering. The program aims to provide cadets with real-world construction analysis and experiences to supplement classroom learning.

Beginning in spring 2021, Lowe’s internship program will be offered to juniors and seniors within the School of Engineering. The internship will provide participating cadets and students with real estate and construction management experiences. Interns will also work closely with Lowe senior project managers, attend construction team meetings and experience real-world construction activities with tours of active construction sites.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for these young adults to learn meaningful life skills and experience first-hand the many different components that are involved in successfully managing a multifaceted construction project,” said Mike Mansager, vice president of Lowe. Mansager adds that “through classroom lectures and in-field learning, Lowe will provide unmatched opportunities for students to learn about our local projects and take away real-world applications that will help them find great success in their careers after graduation.”

Mike Mansager, vice president of Lowe, instructing cadets and students during tour

In early September, Lowe hosted a group of Citadel cadets from professor Rebekah Burke’s Construction Engineering Materials and Methods class at the company’s construction site for The Cooper Hotel, downtown Charleston’s new full-service waterfront hotel, which broke ground in February 2020. The site tour was used to illustrate the construction process and discuss the challenges associated with building foundations for large waterfront developments.

“In talking with Mr. Mansager and the Lowe construction team, the cadets and students experienced firsthand the application and execution of technical engineering topics discussed in class,” said Burke. “As a result of this partnership between industry and academia, the students commonly described profound realizations about their career path in construction and engineering in their site visit reports and guest lecture reflections.”

Lowe is also currently hosting in-class lectures as part of a reoccurring, visiting lecture series at The Citadel School of Engineering. The most recent educational lecture, led by Mansager, focused on the topic of construction contracts. In his upcoming lectures, Mansager will discuss a variety of topics to assist cadets in better understanding how what they are learning in the classroom applies in real world applications for construction and development.

For more information about the Construction Engineering Program at The Citadel, please call (843) 953- 5083, or email sfye@citadel.edu.

Citadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development company

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Money magazine ranks Citadel #2 in SC, #87 nationally https://today.citadel.edu/money-magazine-ranks-citadel-2-in-sc-87-nationally/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:26:30 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18778 Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel comes in at #87, second in South Carolina to Clemson, which comes in at #67 nationally.]]> Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

As seen on Money.com

Note: To see the Money rankings for South Carolina’s 4-year colleges, go to the Build Your Own Rankings section here. Money magazine published its most recent college rankings August 25, 2020. When looking at the complete, national list, The Citadel comes in at #87, second in South Carolina to Clemson, which comes in at #67 nationally.

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In addition, The Citadel is ranked at #29 out of 50 in America for the magazine’s sub-set of “Best Colleges Where More than Half of Applicants Get In.”

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Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters ’79, USMC (Retired) speaks to upperclass cadets in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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