Academy of Engineers celebrates industry leaders
The Citadel School of Engineering Academy of Engineers highlights engineering leaders from the public and private sectors for achievements in their professional endeavors, as well as their commitment to civic service. Comprising the academy’s 2017 class are four professionals who exhibit engineering excellence in their areas of service to the industry.
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, USA (Ret.), Ph.D.
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, USA (Ret.) is being honored for an exemplary military and corporate engineering career spanning 38 years. He was the 53rd Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is currently a senior vice president with one of the largest engineering companies in the world, Intrexon Corporation.
Albert A. Fralinger, Jr., PE, PP, & PLS, Citadel Class of 1955
Albert Fralinger, Jr., is a member of The Citadel Class of 1955 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Fralinger is a member of the academy selected for the contributions to the industry made by the company he founded and built, Fralinger Engineering PA. Serving as Chairman of the Board, Fralinger continues to help oversee the enterprise, which employs surveyors, engineers, tax map and geographic information specialists, wetlands, soils, research specialists, and support personnel who direct or participate in projects throughout Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Fralinger is one of numerous engineers in his family.
Lt. Gen. Ellie Givan (Buck) Shuler, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Shuler is a 1959 graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He was inducted for his exceptional career in the Air Force not only as a pilot, but also as a civil engineer; and for his love, persistence and resilience in making the dream of a national museum for the Mighty Eighth Air Force a reality.
Claudius (Bud) E. Watts, IV
Claudius Watts is a 1983 graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is being honored for being a role model for young engineers, and for his achievements as an investor, builder, and leader in technology and engineering companies, as well as his dedication to The Citadel. Watts is chairman of The Citadel Foundation and is a managing director for The Carlyle Group.
Engineering faculty recognized for outstanding contributions
Faculty members from The Citadel School of Engineering have new recognitions to celebrate. Professors Monika Bubacz, Jason Howison, Kevin Skenes, and Mary Katherine Watson were honored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in the spring of 2017, at the ASEE Zone 2 Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Monika Bubacz, Ph.D., is the ASEE Southeast Mid-Career Teaching Award recipient. The award recognizes a professor who demonstrates exceptional contributions to engineering or engineering technology education through outstanding classroom performance. Bubacz is a Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty member. Her teaching and research interest areas include materials science, polymers and composites for aerospace applications, nanotechnology, and environmental sustainability.
Jason Howison, Ph.D., is the ASEE Southeast Teaching Award recipient. The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional contributions to engineering or engineering technology education through outstanding classroom performance. He is a registered professional engineer in South Carolina who teaches courses in the thermal/fluids sequence, as well as aerospace related technical electives and introductory engineering courses.
Kevin Skenes, Ph.D., is the ASEE Southeast New Teacher Award recipient. He teaches mechanical engineering courses at all levels. The New Teacher Award recognizes a faculty member who has less than four years of teaching experience and who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Skenes earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where we worked with residual stresses in photovoltaic silicon.
Mary Katherine Watson, Ph.D., is the ASEE Southeast Thomas C. Evans Instructional Paper Award recipient. She earned the award for her paper, Assessing Conceptual Knowledge Using Three Concept Map Scoring Methods, which was written in partnership with colleagues Joshua Pelkey, Caroline R. Noyes and Michael O. Rodgers, who teach at other institutions. Watson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at The Citadel with research interests in the areas of engineering education and biological waste treatment.