Department of Construction Engineering – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:47:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Department of Construction Engineering – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 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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Citadel engineers in high demand around SC and the nation https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-engineers-in-high-demand-around-sc-and-the-nation/ Mon, 18 May 2020 20:56:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16465 There are distinct advantages for those graduating from one of the five oldest engineering programs in America, and one that is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally. By graduation]]>

There are distinct advantages for those graduating from one of the five oldest engineering programs in America, and one that is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally. By graduation each May, 85% of The Citadel School of Engineering students are employed, with 99 percent employed within two months of graduation.

“The combination of a highly relevant engineering curriculum combined with four years of required leadership training makes a Citadel educated engineer a highly desired addition to many teams,” said Col. Ron Welch, USA (Ret), Ph.D., PE. and dean for The Citadel School of Engineering. “The Class of 2020 is no exception and finished with outstanding results.”

The breakout of 2020 graduates from the five Bachelor of Science degree programs and the four Master of Science programs is as follows:

South Carolina Corp of Cadets Bachelor of Science

  • Mechanical Engineering: 66
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 31
  • Electrical Engineering: 15
  • Construction Engineering: 9

Degree Transfer Undergraduate Programs (non-cadet)

  • Mechanical Engineering: 11
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 11
  • Electrical Engineering: 9

Master of Science Programs

  • Project Management: 20
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 2
  • Electrical Engineering: 2

Where are they working?

Here is a look at what some members of The Citadel School of Engineering Class of 2020 shared about their next steps and about their Citadel experience.

Christian Brackett

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Campobello, South Carolina
Destination: Lockheed Martin, Greenville, South Carolina

“The Citadel makes you become the kind of person everyone wants to be. You become reliable and honorable.”

John Croft

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: HITT Contracting for HITT Future’s Program as a project engineer based out of Falls Church, Virginia.

“The Citadel will mold you into the man or woman that you will want to become and set you up for your future. The value of the ring goes beyond that of any other college.”

Second Lt. Preston Dawes, USA

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Milton, Georgia
Destination: W.M. Jordan Company in Wilmington, North Carolina

“I got a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship my senior year of high school which solidified my choice to go to The Citadel to make myself the best leader possible.”

Second Lt. William Durnan

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Destination: U.S. Army

“The Citadel provides a realistic experience of life. You learn to deal with difficult people and situations, the kind that you cannot back out of. It teaches you to remain humble always and understand the power of being a leader. For those that choose to pursue a leadership position in the Corps, you’ll know the challenge of juggling school, the duties of your position, physical exercise, extracurricular activities, and a social life. Ultimately you learn sacrifice, you can’t do everything or be everywhere and applying yourself in one place means you won’t be giving all your effort somewhere else. The Citadel will force you to prioritize and for many it will be a gut check but will likely make you a more mature person upon graduation.”

Ensign Ethan Eich

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Simpsonville, South Carolina
Destination: United States Navy

“The Citadel challenges every many and woman to be something more than just an individual.”

Second Lt. Jon-Scot Gilstrap, USAF

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: York, South Carolina
Destination: Working as an engineer in the U.S. Air Force, Join Base Charleston

“The Citadel’s attention to detail really develops you and teaches you how to prioritize time. Going forward, I hope to make a lasting impact on those around me, to do my job to the best of my ability and to make myself available to anyone who needs help. Also, I hope to keep the friendships which I made here at The Citadel for life.”

Nicholas Harington

Degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Conway, South Carolina
Destination: Mead and Hunt working as an aviation civil engineer planning and designing airports

“I really liked the small size of The Citadel and the class sizes.”

Second Lt. Dennis McCann

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Destination: Civil engineer at Naval Information Warfare Center; U.S. Army Reserves

“The best reasons to attend The Citadel are the sense of community, the friendships and the connections.”

Thomas Murray

Degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Working as a civil designer for Dennis Corporation in Columbia, South Carolina

“At The Citadel you will make friends that will last a lifetime. Also, you will learn what it takes to develop yourself into a professional in your chosen occupation.”

Zacarias Neu

Degree: Construction Engineering
Hometown: Smyrna, Georgia
Destination: Project engineer with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in the Charleston operation

“I will be working my way up to become a project manager on constructions sites. To me, the best reason to attend The Citadel is the lifelong family you gain.”

Gabriel Ramos

Degree: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Destination: SAIC, Charleston

“The small class sizes give students access to a highly professional and knowledgeable staff. The professors’ backgrounds — which includes career military officers, industry executives, researchers, and academics — provided insight into my many options after graduation. As a bonus, The Citadel is in Charleston and you can’t beat that.”

Samuel Santiago

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Powell Butte, Oregon
Destination: United States Coast Guard

Dawn Wells, The Citadel Graduate College

Degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Mead and Hunt working as a transportation engineer with a focus on drainages design.

“I love The Citadel’s small class sizes, great professors, and the excellent, well-rounded curriculum.”

Master of Science in Project Management Graduates

Professional project managers work in almost every industry and work as leaders who plan and execute projects and are key contributors to the success of that venture. The Citadel’s Project Management Program, operated by the School of Engineering, is accredited by the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management programs, Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs.

Working professionals from many job sectors study project management.

“I will continue my work for the Naval Information Warfare Center as a security specialist, working my way up the ranks of leadership,” said Michael Popovich, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020. “My duties include deployment of a physical enclave into a cloud environment and maintaining management, operational, and technical security controls to protect critical medical health information for US service members.”

Popovich has a son who is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, which is one of the reasons he considered The Citadel for his master’s degree.

“My hope is to build a meaningful family legacy rich in tradition. My younger brother graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 2008 and my oldest son is currently part of the 2022 class. I have two other boys and I intend for them to both attend The Citadel in the future. My dream is for the family table to be full of Citadel rings during future holidays.”

The full list of the college’s new Master of Science in Project Management 2020 graduates is as follows:

  • Christina Soyden Arnold
  • John Zachary Burchfield
  • Jay Baxter Caldwell III
  • Daniel Alexander Curlee
  • Stephen Pablo Fernandez de Bobadilla
  • Martin James Fosberry III
  • Kara Marie Klein
  • Mary Frances Mace
  • Jeremy Stephen Mackey
  • Patrick Dennis Magnum, Jr.
  • Sara Moeller Massey
  • Scott Owens
  • Matthew Kellard Paiva
  • Brian Benjamin Parker
  • Benjamin Franklin Parmenter II
  • Michael Jacob Popovich
  • Gabriel Omar Ramos
  • Thomas Adam Schaefer
  • John Lucas Semsar
  • Devon Lambert Wall

To learn more about The Citadel School of Engineering, please visit this website.

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From alumnus to cadet: building a career in construction engineering https://today.citadel.edu/from-alumnus-to-cadet-on-building-a-career-in-construction-engineering/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:00:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13382 construction project at The Citadelconstruction project at The CitadelAs The Citadel's first Construction Engineering majors prepare to graduate, an alumnus and senior cadet team up to guide future engineers.]]> construction project at The Citadelconstruction project at The Citadel

The first cadets to graduate with Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering degrees are preparing to transition from The Citadel to the professional world. Eight are scheduled to graduate in May.

In 2018, The Citadel School of Engineering expanded, adding a construction engineering major to its robust list of engineering degrees. Some existing members of the Corps moved into that major right away. Cadet James Jennings was one of them.

Jennings should have a smooth transition after his May graduation, going directly to one of the engineering firms that has offered him a job. Jennings completed internships with three engineering firms and worked as an employee for a fourth the summer before his senior year.

Rewind to 2003 when Matt Cartwright, P.E., graduated from The Citadel School of Engineering. The construction engineering program didn’t exist. His Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering led him to a successful 17 year career as an engineer/project manager with the nationwide firm, Freese and Nichols. Cartwright was promoted to construction manager in their North Carolina operations in 2019.

Jennings (JJ) and Cartwright (MC) teamed up via email for a Q & A session intended to help guide students considering a career in construction engineering with some advice from alumnus to cadet.

JJ: Hello Mr. Cartwright. I have enjoyed learning about your career, experience and influence in the Raleigh area and across the southeast, through your work with Freese and Nichols. I’m excited for the opportunity to ask you a few questions concerning how you got where you are today and what advice you have for those wishing to follow your path.

MC: James, thank you for allowing me to share a few lessons I have learned throughout my career. There are many more alumni out there who are more deserving of this opportunity, but I am grateful to be able to help in any way. I would like to preface my answers to your questions by stating I was not the best cadet or student, but I like to think I have had some great experiences along the way to make up the difference.

JJ: What activities during your time as a cadet influenced your career the most? 

MC: There are a lot of great opportunities at The Citadel that help direct cadets toward career goals. One for me was being able to attend professional conferences like the American Society of Civil Engineers Carolina Conference. I believe the thing that helped guide my career the most was an internship, though at the time it was not a requirement. Internships provide great opportunities to gain firsthand experience in different fields. I chose to complete an internship with a concrete construction company. During my internship, I was placed in the field as a concrete laborer and learned a plethora of information about concrete, mix designs and placement methods. It also allowed me to view a wide array of projects in various stages of construction and reinforced my interest in construction.

JJ: What leadership skills that were either developed or reinforced while at The Citadel have proven most valuable? 

MC: We learn so many skills and develop characteristics at The Citadel that are used not only in construction project management activities, but in life overall. A couple of the lessons I use consistently are pushing myself to learn continually, and conducting myself with integrity.

Continual learning: The Citadel gives you a strong educational foundation, but your education needs to continue long after graduation. We must continually learn over the course of our career to better serve our clients and our communities.

Integrity: Integrity, much like the sublimest word, duty, goes hand-in-hand with a successful career. Integrity is the foundation that develops relationships with clients, internal teams and the communities that we serve.

JJ: What excited you about working in construction project management as an engineer and what surprised you once you started working? What continues to ignite your passion as you go to work each day?

MC: The title, project manager, is elusive because it means different things to different people at different companies. As I interview new graduates and young construction managers and engineers, it seems that most want to be a project manager. When I ask what it means to them, most respond with a pause then say, “It means that I will manage projects.” I think most folks would agree that initially the most exciting aspect of being a project manager in construction engineering is being in charge and responsible, until you realize you are in charge and responsible for the success and failure of a project.

The biggest surprise — and what continues to drive me about what I do — is simply the people and the psychology of our work. The technical aspects of our jobs are pretty simple if you think about it: processing pay requests, processing change orders and interpreting drawings. Those duties have their challenges, but it’s the soft skills that make the difference. How you treat people, how you treat your team, how you get folks to engage when they would otherwise disengage. Those leadership skills can make the difference between a successful project and a failure.

JJ: What are some of the most important areas an aspiring construction project manager can focus on to be prepared for success upon graduation? What do you wish you had known in 2003?

Matt Cartwright, Citadel Class of 2003, overseeing on site for Frees and Nichols in Sanford, North Carolina.

MC: Undertake self-study, read and find a mentor. While a B.S. degree gives you a strong foundation from which to start, it is just the beginning. Taking the time to study every week about the activities that will be happening the following week will help advance your skill set. A construction manager is often faced with interacting with a project superintendent with 20+ years experience, and it is difficult to gather the support of your team if you are not prepared.

Reading outside of technical specifications can give you an advantage if you choose the proper material. Books such as First, Break all the Rules by Buckingham and Coffman, and Good to Great by Jim Collins are great reads that can help improve your communication skills.

Lastly, finding the right mentor can help propel your career. Life in general can be difficult to traverse, so why go it alone if there are people out there who have been along your path who can help guide and possibly give you a leg up? Take advantage of The Citadel School of Engineering mentor match program and build a relationship that will last beyond college.

JJ: Students who graduate from the new construction engineering program are eligible to sit for their Fundamentals in Engineering (F.E.), and subsequently, their Professional Engineer (P.E.) licenses. How have you used your P.E. license while working in construction services? 

MC: My path has been unorthodox, as I waited about 13 years to take my P.E. exam. I thought I would never need or use a P.E., which was true for 10 years. While construction services staff do not necessarily design projects, they sometimes act on the behalf of the engineers who do design the projects.

As construction managers, we must be prepared and bring a minimum level of experience and knowledge to fulfill our duties on the projects we are assigned. To me, having a P.E. does not make one a good engineer but it does carry the weight of the governing board that extends you the privilege of being a PE. I tend to agree with the great philosopher Colonel Dion Williams, “Don’t worry about the scores, just worry about the material.”

JJ: What three skills are most essential for the progression and advancement of a young assistant project manager (APM) aspiring to become project manager?

MC: Communication skills are the most crucial and the most difficult skills to learn and master. These are the skills engineer-leaders use in our day-to-day work and that can most strongly impact the outcome of projects.

Technical skills are often learned over the course of a career. Understanding the technical aspects of designs as well as the technical aspects of construction management will help you effectively manage projects. 

The third skill would be learning how to anticipate the needs of your clients. This will help advance your career. Getting the folks who need and use information before they need it is a valuable tool to have in your arsenal.

JJ: What aspect of your role in the construction project process do you find most rewarding? Which aspect can be the most challenging? 

MC: I feel the most rewarding aspect of my current job is really servant-leadership, exactly what all cadets at The Citadel are learning. I take pride in contributing to interesting projects that make the communities in which I live better. My jobs affect water storage and supply, wastewater supply, storm water and flooding. Such projects have a tremendous effect on the public’s quality of life. It’s rewarding to know I can assist in the successful completion of a project that has that kind of impact.

As for some of the most challenging aspects of our job — I’d go back to those soft skills again. The human element of interfacing with the client, engineers and the contractor can be cumbersome, but absolutely necessary.

JJ: What is one of the most valuable lessons you have learned working in construction since you graduated? 

MC: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

This quote is applicable to all stages of our work and industry, from completing site visit inspections to claims negotiation. The need to be prepared is one of my greatest lessons learned.

JJ: What is one thing that you thought would be extremely important while you were a cadet that turned out not to be?

MC: That’s a great question. There are many lessons that we learn through our studies, but the one that stands out the most to me is mistakes. In school we are judged on the amount of mistakes we make. Throughout your career you will make mistakes, however most will be judged upon the mistakes we do not learn from.

JJ: What is one decision you have made which impacted your career the most? 

MC: Work for an organization with values similar to your own. If the organization does not have the same high values, you may be asked, at some point, to adopt their values and compromise your own. I am fortunate enough to have found a home at Freese and Nichols, which has a long history of strong values and outstanding service.

Oh and one more thing, marry an engineer. Just kidding, we can’t all do that. But I married Kristen Cartwright, P.E. She specializes in water and wastewater master planning. She is an APM with Freese and Nichols. We just had our first child and we learn from each other every day.

The Citadel School of Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in:
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering (Fall 2020)
Construction Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

For more information about these programs, contact the Office of the Dean at (843) 953-6499 or email derek.harris@citadel.edu.

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Top jobs for School of Engineering graduates; what they say about The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/top-jobs-for-school-of-engineering-graduates-what-they-say-about-the-citadel/ Fri, 10 May 2019 10:00:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8145 Candace works at the Google Data Center in Monks Corner, South Carolina. "I decided to attend The Citadel Graduate College, because they're seen as the best in the Lowcountry for Project Management."]]>

The Citadel School of Engineering is one of the oldest programs in America and is consistently ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation. The School of Engineering offers four bachelor of science, four master of science, and 13 graduate certificate programs.

The majority of the cadets and students studying the fields of civil, construction, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as project management, are employed before they graduate, with nearly 100 percent are employed within two months of graduation. Approximately 80 percent of those graduates stay in South Carolina for their careers.

Meet some of The Citadel Class of 2019 School of Engineering graduates:

Robert Alexander Perry, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

Robert Alexander Perry, The Citadel Class of 2019, Evening Undergraduate Program

Robert, who is originally from North Augusta, South Carolina, attended The Citadel through the Evening Undergraduate Program. He works for Santee Cooper as an electrical engineer.

The Citadel makes you a disciplined learner and provides you with an opportunity to learn from accomplished professionals in the various engineering fields. Robert Alexander

Caleb Carter, Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Caleb Carter, The Citadel Class of 2019
Caleb Carter, The Citadel Class of 2019

Caleb has a new job with Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, PLLC. He’ll be involved in the execution of construction engineering and inspection duties on projects for the South Carolina Department of Transportation and for Charleston County government. As a cadet at The Citadel, he served as president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Citadel is the greatest institution in the country to me. Here, we train individuals to be leaders. The same thing cannot be said about other schools. This journey helped me become the man I want to be by challenging me mentally, academically, and physically. Cadets are leaps and bounds more prepared to enter the real world after graduation than those from other schools, because of the training at The Citadel. Persevering when faced with obstacles becomes second nature. Caleb Carter

2nd Lt. Abigail Murn, U.S. Army, Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abigail Murn, The Citadel Class of 2019

Abigail is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, accepting a commission just prior to graduating from The Citadel in May of 2019. While a cadet, Abigail served as captain of The Bulldogs’ volleyball team, and as president of The Citadel chapter of the Society of Women in Engineers, in addition to being active in the American Society of Civil Engineering. Just before graduation, Abigail was selected for The Citadel’s Community Ambassador Award for her service as “an outstanding mentor to female students at The Citadel majoring in engineering, helping host a Society of Women Engineers conference at The Citadel with 225 participants from across the state, and leading fellow engineering cadets and students in hosting two Introduce a Girl Scout to Engineering events.

Candace Pringle, Master of Science, Technical Project Management

Candace Pringle, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019, Project Management

Candace works at the Google Data Center in Monks Corner, South Carolina. “While in The Citadel’s project management program, I received a promotion from an entry level technician, to an entry level associate program manager (APM). Now, based on my performance as an APM, I’ve been encouraged by leadership to go apply for a promotion to the next level as well,” Pringle said. “I will not only apply my project management skill set to my full-time job, I will use what I’ve learned in all areas of my life and outside of employment expenditures.”

The Citadel Graduate College is a well respected school. I attended Clemson University as an undergraduate for Industrial Engineering, because they were the best in the state for that program. I decided to attend The Citadel Graduate College, because they’re seen as the best in the Lowcountry for Project Management. In addition, they have the graduate center in North Charleston which saved me from having to travel downtown; and they offer evening courses. I’ve learned so much from this program and I’m willing to share my experience with anyone who asks. Candace Pringle

Ensign Joseph Scerbo, U.S. Navy, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Joseph Scerbo, The Citadel Class of 2019

Joseph’s hometown is Flemington, New Jersey. After graduating from The Citadel, his first assignment with the Navy is Nuclear Power School for submarine duty. Scerbo’s goal is to lead a division of sailors, and become qualified to operate and pilot submarines.

The best reason to attend The Citadel is to learn true life lessons at a place where you can mold yourself into a leader. Joseph Scerbo

Citadel ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Joseph Scerbo third row from left on end

 

 

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The Citadel School of Engineering Dean earns national recognition https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-school-of-engineering-dean-earns-national-recognition/ Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:34:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4379 Citadel dean of Engineering, Ron Welch (center) accepts award from ASCE officers in DenverCitadel dean of Engineering, Ron Welch (center) accepts award from ASCE officers in DenverDuring his tenure as dean, The Citadel School of Engineering has grown more than 200 percent and has more than doubled its offerings. New programs developed in the past five years include Construction Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Project Management. ]]> Citadel dean of Engineering, Ron Welch (center) accepts award from ASCE officers in DenverCitadel dean of Engineering, Ron Welch (center) accepts award from ASCE officers in Denver

Ronald Welch is recipient of ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award

The Dean of The Citadel School of Engineering is the recipient of one of the engineering industry’s preeminent awards, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award. Col. Ronald W. Welch, U.S. Army (Ret.), Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, accepted the award recently at the ASCE conference in Denver.

There is one recipient of the award annually, selected for “exemplary contributions to advancing the civil engineering profession, advancing new concepts in education, promoting professionalism, and developing civil engineering leaders,” according to ASCE.org. Other criteria include:

  • Exemplary professional conduct in a specific outstanding instance
  • An established reputation for professional service
  • Objective and lasting achievement in improving the conditions under which professional engineers serve in public and private practice
  • Significant contribution toward improvement of employment conditions among civil engineers
  • Significant contribution toward improving the professional aspects of civil engineering education
  • Professional guidance of qualified young persons who would seek civil engineering as a career and professional development of young civil engineers in the formative stages of their careers

Additionally, Welch is an ASCE Fellow, elected in 2016. Earlier this year, he earned the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) Bliss Medal . Welch became a SAME Fellow in 2015.

Welch joined The Citadel in 2011. During his tenure as dean, The Citadel School of Engineering has grown more than 200 percent and has more than doubled its offerings. New programs developed in the past five years include Construction Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Project Management. Additionally, Welch led the development of a new fabrication shop and the acquisition of an autoclave.

The Citadel School of Engineering ranked #23

The Citadel School of Engineering is ranked #23 nationally by U.S. News & World Report and under Welch’s leadership has placed in the top 25 nationally for six consecutive years.

Welch is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering mechanics. He received his Master and Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 25 years, rising to the rank of colonel.

For more information about The Citadel School of Engineering, please visit the School of Engineering webpage, or call (843) 953-6499.

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