Faculty – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 02 Jun 2022 17:28:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Faculty – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Citadel professor co-organizing conference marking 50th anniversary of Watergate https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professor-co-organizing-conference-marking-50th-anniversary-of-watergate/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 17:28:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32471 Registration is now open for the free, online conference that will allow Watergate experts to explore some of the scandal's lingering mysteries.]]>

Photo: The Watergate Hotel complex in 1985 (Courtesy: National Archives)

Registration now open for free, online conference

The 50th anniversary of the Watergate break in, one of the most well-known political scandals in American history, will be on Friday, June 17.

The week before that, Melissa Graves, Ph.D., from The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, and Shane O’Sullivan, Ph.D., from Kingston School of Art in London, will convene a free, two-day virtual conference to reflect on the lasting impact Watergate had on American politics and culture.

The conference will be held on Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, beginning at 10 a.m. on both days.

Much of Graves’s research is focused on Watergate, including a book on the FBI’s response. In Feb. 2020, she organized a historic panel, which reunited the FBI’s lead investigators for Watergate for the first time since the scandal.

“Watergate is a great example showing the importance and expertise of the intelligence community,” said Graves. “Though many Americans — and people around the world, for that matter — know of Watergate, fewer know about the fascinating stories of the case’s investigators. Through this conference, we will bring together experts who will explain the myths, the investigation, the results and much more.”

Five decades after it happened, and despite the amount written about the scandal, many mysteries from the case remain. The conference, titled “The Watergate Break-in: 50 Years Later,” will allow experts to explore some of those questions.

The surviving investigators and prosecutors still can’t understand why the burglars entered DNC headquarters in the early morning hours of June 17, 1972; or how the experienced intelligence operatives in the break-in team made such elementary mistakes, resulting in their arrests and President Nixon’s resignation two years later.

from “The Watergate Break-in: 50 Years Later” conference website

Speakers at the conference will include historians, academics, as well as Watergate prosecutors and investigators. The full program can be found here.

The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies is one of the largest and fastest-growing on campus, offering degrees to cadet and non-cadet undergraduates, as well as graduate students.

The online conference is free to attend. Click here to register.

Citadel professor to publish companion book on internationally best-selling “Wheel of Time” series https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professor-to-publish-companion-book-on-internationally-best-selling-wheel-of-time-series/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 23:04:10 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30639 "Origins of The Wheel of Time" is written by Michael Livingston, Ph.D., Secretary-General of the United States Commission on Military History and professor of medieval literature at The Citadel]]>

Note: Michael Livingston, Ph.D., (photo above) is an acclaimed academic interpreter of Robert Jordan’s literary accomplishment and legacy. Among his many other books are the Shards of Heaven trilogy of novels (published by Tor) and multiple award-winning studies of military history. At present, he serves as the Secretary-General for the United States Commission on Military History and teaches at The Citadel.

James Rigney Jr. — known as Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time Series — graduated from The Citadel in 1974.

From Tor.com

Tor Books is proud to announce the acquisition Origins of The Wheel of Time: The Legends and Mythologies that Inspired Robert Jordan by Michael Livingston, including a foreword by Harriet McDougal, by Robert Davis via Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. The UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired by Bella Pagan, Publishing Director of Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint.

Origins of The Wheel of Time by Michael Livingston will be available on November 8, 2022 from Tor Books.

“Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.” —The New York Times on The Wheel of Time® series

Explore never-before-seen insights into the Wheel of Time, including:

  • A brand-new, redrawn world map by Ellisa Mitchell using change requests discovered in Robert Jordan’s unpublished notes
  • An alternate scene from an early draft of The Eye of the World

Take a deep dive into the real-world history and mythology that inspired the world of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time®. Origins of The Wheel of Time is written by Michael Livingston, Secretary-General of the United States Commission on Military History and professor of medieval literature at The Citadel, with a Foreword by Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan’s editor, widow, and executor of his estate.

This companion to the internationally bestselling series will delve into the creation of Robert Jordan’s masterpiece, drawing from interviews and an unprecedented examination of his unpublished notes. Michael Livingston tells the behind-the-scenes story of who Jordan was, how he worked, and why he holds such an important place in modern literature.

The second part of the book is a glossary to the “real world” in The Wheel of Time. King Arthur is in The Wheel of Time. Merlin, too. But so are Alexander the Great and the Apollo Space Program, the Norse gods and Napoleon’s greatest victory—and so much more.

Origins of The Wheel of Time will provide exciting knowledge and insights to both new and longtime fans looking to either expand their understanding of the series or unearth the real-life influences that Jordan utilized in his world building—all in one, accessible text.

A letter to Readers from the Author, Michael Livingston

I’m a scholar, an investigator, a historian. I’m a man who weighs facts, examines evidence, an uncovers truth. I’m sensible. I’m responsible.

And I’m here to tell you that magic is real.

Let me prove it to you.

I was fifteen when I pedaled my bike—a black huffy with dirt tires—across a dusty Albuquerque prairie to reach my local bookshop. I had allowance and birthday money to spend, and a thirst that could only be quenched with a new book. I parked the bike, locked it up, and then perused the shelves for what seemed like hours. The store had these big comfy chairs, I remember—blue and welcoming—and whenever I found a potential new book I’d sit down with it and take the first chapter or two for a quick spin.

I was into fantasy back then—the kind of magic that a fifteen-year-old on a beaten-up bike wanted to believe in as he pedaled his way here and there under the hot sun, ever watchful for scorpions and snakes. The kind of magic that isn’t real, of course.

I found such a fantasy on the new release shelves. A big and fat one. The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan. I picked it up. I liked the nifty cover it had on the outside and the cool map it had on the inside. I thought it had the hum of Tolkien.

So I sat down in one of those stuffed blue chairs and started to read.

In pages I was hooked. I spent every dime of the little coin I had and claimed my prize as my own. I tucked it into my backpack and pedaled home faster than I’d ever done before.

Not because of the snakes or the scorpions. Because of the magic.

That magic stayed with me long after I devoured that first book. Every year I saved up to buy the latest volume in The Wheel of Time as soon as I could. I became—I am—one of its many millions of fans.

I read the books on the bus to high school. I read them in college and in graduate school, where I earned a PhD and became a specialist on the Middle Ages.

I became—I am—a serious academic. If I should read the chronicler Adam of Usk claiming there was a dragon haunting northern England 600 years ago, I will find a natural phenomenon to explain it. Because despite my love of fantasy literature—from Homer to Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, from Tolkien to Jordan and Nemisin—I know magic isn’t real.

And yet…

After I graduated, I was asked to interview for a professorship at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. The only thing I really knew about the place came from a single notice on the back of every book of The Wheel of Time in my library: Robert Jordan was a graduate of The Citadel.

I interviewed. I got the job. I moved to Charleston, and every day I walked past the iconic white tower on our campus. Every day, more and more, I wondered if that meant something.

A coincidence, of course. Magic isn’t real.

And yet…

In the fall of 2006, I was talking to The Citadel’s other Big Name literary alumnus, Pat Conroy, about starting student writing awards to honor him and James O. Rigney, Jr—the man the world knew as Robert Jordan. Pat suggested he could write Jim to help introduce me. Before I knew it I was exchanging emails with the man who’d given me The Wheel of Time.

I mentioned to Jim I was a fan. I told him at one point that I hoped to publish fiction myself one day, and that I planned to do it with Tor for no other reason than the fact that they’d given people like me his Wheel of Time. He said he looked forward to my success: “You have my best wishes on your rise (soon) to bestsellerdom,” he wrote me in early January 2007.

A few months later, he came to the first ceremony to bestow the student award named in his honor. He was already very ill, but he nevertheless cut a dashing figure with his lovely wife and legendary editor Harriet by his side. My script had me call out thanks to the English Department for their support. From the first row, Jim grumbled that he’d been an engineering graduate. It was awesome.

We shook hands. I thanked him for helping change my life. He was charming and kind and unforgettable.

The summer passed.

On September 16, I was making photocopies for my class on Norse mythology when I heard that he’d died.

For a moment it felt as if the magic in the world had died, too.

And yet…

Not long afterwards, the chair of my department called me into his office and told me that Jim had been elected into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. I was asked to give a speech at the ceremony, which would be held at The Citadel.

The event came in March. Harriet was in the front row and I couldn’t look at her as I talked. I was too afraid to cry.

But I got through. I sat down. A bit later, Harriet stood up to accept the award for her beloved Jim. She was gracious—by the Light, far more gracious than I could ever be—and then she publicly asked me if I’d come take part in a panel with her and Brandon Sanderson, who’d just been tapped to finish The Wheel of Time.

It might’ve felt like magic—in that moment I thought I could fly—but magic isn’t real.

Later, after that panel, I went to dinner with Harriet and Brandon and Team Jordan. They asked me if I wanted to come and tour Jim’s office sometime.

His writing desk was there when I visited: a beautiful old roll-top, where he’d spent countless hours building a world. So was his library and his armory and so much else that he used in the effort. At one point I looked up to see a saber-toothed tiger skull staring down at me and realized I was literally standing in the middle of the Tanchico Museum.

But, I forcibly reminded myself, magic isn’t real.

Not long after that I was invited down again. The Estate was going to auction off many of the weapons in his armory to raise money for medical research. They wanted me to pick one first, and they left me alone in his office to decide.

I remember staring at his desk, wanting to sit down but too afraid to do so. I felt a sudden impulse to turn around, and when I did I found my hands reaching past far nicer looking pieces to pick up an otherwise unremarkable katana leaning against the wall. I don’t know why. When I unsheathed it, I saw that it had a dragon etched into its sweeping blade.

I keep the sword in my campus office, and it was there, in later years, that one of my veteran students saw it. Turns out, he’d been deployed in Iraq when his father-in-law, an antiques dealer, had sold that very blade to Jim. He had pictures of the event.

Magic isn’t—

I wrote The Shards of Heaven, a trilogy of historical fantasy novels, and achieved that life-long dream when Tor published them. And though they hardly achieved bestsellerdom, just seeing the books come out was more than I ever thought possible. It felt like a promise fulfilled, like the result of some secret wind pushing at my back.

I continued to give talks on Jim’s literary impact over the years. Out of love. Out of a feeling of gratitude. Not long ago, I was invited to a get-together with Team Jordan, and out of the blue Harriet stunned me by gifting me that saber-toothed tiger skull I’d seen in Jim’s office on that first visit.

Magic is—

Over this past summer, the administration here at The Citadel wrote me with the news that Harriet had donated Jim’s roll-top desk to the school. She’d asked only that it be used and not simply set in a corner.

Days after my eager agreement to have that desk moved into my office—the one where he wrote those books, the one I’d been too afraid to sit at before—Tor offered me a contract to write a book about the real world in the Wheel of Time.

Somehow, that kid who pedaled home through the New Mexican dirt with The Eye of the World in his backpack would write his own book about The Wheel of Time… at Jim’s own desk, beneath his dragon-marked sword and his tiger skull, looking out at a white tower amid peaceful trees in a city between two rivers.


Is real.

It might’ve taken a bit for me to get the hint, Jim, but I don’t think I can deny it any longer. So thank you. For this. For everything. I promise I’ll do everything I can to make Origins of The Wheel of Time worthy of the Light of your memory.

The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.

I pray it weaves through me.

–Michael Livingston
The Citadel

How fuel spills impact the Lowcountry’s health and environment https://today.citadel.edu/how-fuel-spills-impact-the-lowcountrys-health-and-environment/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 17:01:59 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29386 “Gigantic spills have catastrophic effects, smaller scale spills are less problematic," says Citadel professor Dr. John Zardus.]]>

As seen on WCIV – ABC News 4, by Charistin Clark

In the last two weeks, at least two shrimp boats have sunk, one of them spilling 50-100 gallons of fuel into Shem Creek. Experts say there are long-term health and environmental impacts that can stem from these fuel spills.

The first thing to consider is how much fuel has spilled.

“Gigantic spills have catastrophic effects, smaller scale spills are less problematic,” says Citadel Professor of Marine Biology Dr. John Zardus.

Fuel is lighter than seawater, so it will float on the surface.

“If it sits there long enough, it can start changing its conformation and it can form things like tar balls, or other materials that wash up on shores and foul beaches,” says Dr. Zardus.

Weather can also play a role in fuel spill clean-up efforts.

“If you have nice calm conditions, the oil is just going to spread and kind of float at the surface, but if you have a lot of wind or weather, that causes choppy waves, then it starts mixing it in and that becomes more problematic,” adds Dr. Zardus.

Once that fuel mixes in, it can impact the food web. Eventually, that could impact the food we eat.

“When the oil starts getting into the whole food web, then organisms are taking up toxic compounds like shrimp and oysters and fish and things that we may ultimately eat. A few of them with a small amount of toxins probably is not a big deal for us, but the more you eat and the more toxins you acquire over time, the bigger the problem could become,” says Dr. Zardus.

Dr. Zardus also advises boat owners to keep up on boat maintenance to prevent future fuel spills.

Click here to watch the on-air coverage.

Dean Evan Ortlieb named to 2021 class of Forty under 40 https://today.citadel.edu/dean-evan-ortlieb-named-to-2021-class-of-forty-under-40/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26825 Evan OrtliebEvan OrtliebThe Charleston Regional Business Journal has announced the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 honorees, including Dean Evan Ortlieb.]]> Evan OrtliebEvan Ortlieb

Note: Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., is the dean of the Zucker Family School of Education.

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Andy Owens

The Charleston Regional Business Journal announces the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 honorees today.

Each year, the Business Journal and its sponsors and partners recognize the Forty Under 40 during a special event and awards ceremony. Profiles of the individual honorees also are published in a special print section of the Business Journal.

The annual awards recognize the professional success and community involvement of 40 professionals under age 40 who are making their mark on the region from a mix of industry, professional and community sectors.

Nominations are submitted by individuals, businesses, organizations and colleagues. Judges independently score the nominations, and 40 emerge from the pool of candidates for the final list of honorees.

The Forty Under 40 Class of 2021 will be featured in a special section of the Aug. 23 edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

A special event will be held live from 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Click here for ticket information.

COVID Protocol Reminders for Employees https://today.citadel.edu/covid-protocol-reminders-for-employees/ Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:54:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25668 Ahead of the fall semester, HR is reminding everyone about protocols for suspected, close contact and positive employee COVID-19 cases.]]>

As we plan for the upcoming fall semester, HR wanted to remind everyone about important protocols for suspected, close contact and positive employee COVID-19 cases. In addition, there are various testing and vaccination sites in our area if you or your family members are in need. Ultimately, your health and wellness are extremely important to us and are vital to the success of our campus community and students.

Protocol if you suspect or are positive for COVID-19

COVID testing sites

  • As outlined in our protocol, virtual visits to Roper or MUSC can connect you to testing facilities in our area.
  • MUSC also has several COVID-19 testing sites that do not require an appointment or doctor’s order.
  • DHEC has several free mobile sites and pop up clinics available throughout the state: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/find-covid-19-testing-location
  • A rapid antigen 15 Minute COVID-19 test (shallow nasal swab) is available at Dottie’s Pharmacy at 325 Folly Road, Suite 101 on James Island. The cost is $75 and no appointment is necessary. These tests can only tell if you have an active infection, so you should still monitor for symptoms and PCR testing is still considered the “gold standard” for clinical diagnostic detection by the CDC. Dottie’s also offers PCR testing with a 24-48 hour turnaround for $150.
  • All Doctor’s Care locations are offering 15 minute rapid antigen (for those with symptoms or close exposure) and PCR testing. No appointment necessary.

COVID vaccination information

  • We continue to strongly encourage employees to get a COVID vaccine. 
  • Over 75% of our entire employee population are fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status is held in strict confidence and HR utilizes this information if you are deemed a close contact or test positive. 
  • Vaccinated employees typically do not have to quarantine, but unvaccinated employees will have to quarantine and be out of work if they are in close contact with a positive case.
  • If you’ve received the vaccine: We are encouraging reporting through the online form or in Lesesne Gateway that you received a vaccination.
  • If you do not plan on getting the vaccination: We do not need any additional information from you, except to remind you that you should be masked indoors when around others. 
  • If you are in need of assistance in finding a vaccine provider: Please go to this website or give HR a call at 953-6922. We will also be hosting a campus-wide vaccination clinic on August 24th. More details to come.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus community healthy!

Leah Schonfeld
Assistant Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

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

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

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

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

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

These piles, specifically, are made from prestressed concrete.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architectural renderings of the new Capers Hall:

Citadel professor recognized by ‘Marquis Who’s Who’ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professor-recognized-by-marquis-whos-who/ Tue, 25 May 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24475 Citadel Physics professor Scott Yost, Ph.D., has been recognized for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.]]>

As seen on Marquis Top Educators

Dr. Scott A. Yost, Physics Professor at The Citadel, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

For as long as he could remember, Dr. Yost was fascinated by stars, galaxies, and how the universe worked. He began studying physics independently at a young age and quickly realized that he wanted to be able to study these topics in depth someday. Dr. Yost graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in physics at Princeton University in 1987, specializing in the then-emerging fields of elementary particle physics and string theory. After completing his Doctor of Philosophy, Dr. Yost spent four years as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida.

Dr. Yost accepted a research associate professor position in the department of physics at the University of Tennessee in 1991 and spent the next 12 years at the school, departing in 2003 to become an associate professor at Baylor University. He returned to Princeton University in 2007 as a visiting associate professor of physics and has been a professor at The Citadel since 2008. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Yost has been a visiting scientist at CERN since 2014 and is a former adjunct professor at IF J-PAN and former vice president of operations at the Partner Virtual Interactive Center in Knoxville. Widely recognized as an innovator in his specialty, Dr. Yost’s research focuses on superstring theory and elementary particle phenomenology, and he has published more than 80 original papers and articles with over 3,000 citations in other works. In the coming years, he plans to continue his involvement in a number of international working groups and projects and hopes to further develop the body of knowledge of superstring theory.

The Citadel honors the excellence and efforts of its faculty https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-honors-the-excellence-and-efforts-of-its-faculty/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 19:10:20 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=23789 Dr. Mary Katherine Watson teaching an engineering course at The Citadel in a classroomDr. Mary Katherine Watson teaching an engineering course at The Citadel in a classroomAfter a year of overcoming unique challenges, The Citadel is recognizing some of its outstanding faculty members.]]> Dr. Mary Katherine Watson teaching an engineering course at The Citadel in a classroomDr. Mary Katherine Watson teaching an engineering course at The Citadel in a classroom

Photo: Mary Katherine Watson, Ph.D., whose upcoming sabbatical was announced at the general faculty meeting, teaching cadets in 2019.

After a year of overcoming unique challenges — both academic and across the board — The Citadel is recognizing some of its outstanding faculty members.

At a general faculty meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28, Provost and Dean of the College Sally Selden, Ph.D., along with members of her team, expressed their deep gratitude to the entire, outstanding faculty that persevered through the immense challenges of the academic year.

Also at that meeting, they recognized the following professors at a general faculty meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28.

This year’s awards, promotions and recognitions include:

Faculty Excellence Awards

New Faculty Excellence Award – Kweku Brown, Ph.D.

Kweku Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Brown has amassed an outstanding record of achievement in teaching and service. He exemplifies how professors and engineers can work together to strive for the highest standards of excellence.

He is a recipient of numerous awards including the American Society of Civil Engineers Educator of the Year Award.

Brown has authored numerous journal articles, research publications, and national conference proceedings, and is involved in multiple service initiatives that are supporting student enrichment and furthering the academic reputation of The Citadel, including Educational Liaison to South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors and Faculty Advisor to The Citadel Surveying Competition Team, which recently placed 2nd in a regional competition.

Excellence in Research Award – Scott Yost, Ph.D.

Scott Yost, Ph.D., is a professor of Physics. 

Yost has made important contributions to particle physics and string theory.

Since 2016, his work calculating processes at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, has resulted in a significant level of scholarship including journal articles, conference proceedings articles, and talks at major international conferences.

In 2016, he spent a nine-month sabbatical at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Science. In addition to his work in particle physics, he co-authored several seminal papers in string theory, some of which were based on his dissertation at Princeton University.

Collectively, these papers have over 3,000 citations, in part because some of them played a foundational role in subsequent, emerging theoretical models.

Excellence in Service Award – Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D.

Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Michalaka serves as a mentor and faculty leader through far-reaching service initiatives to support others, advance transportation engineering and strengthen the engineering community.

She has been recognized through previous awards, including the New Faculty Excellence Award and the South Carolina American Society of Civil Engineers, Young Civil Engineer of The Year Award.

She also serves as faculty advisor to The Citadel’s Society of Women Engineering.

Michalaka’s service includes her role on several institution-level committees, as well as coordinating events for Women in Industry Day at The Citadel.

She leads engineering students, faculty and professionals in “Introduce a Girl Scout to Engineering,” an annual event for 80-120 Girl Scouts, who learn about the principles of engineering through an engaging three-hour program.

She successfully led student workshops at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC, engaging students in math, science, and engineering curriculum focused on analytical problem-solving skills.

Excellence in Teaching Award – Kevin Skenes, Ph.D.

Kevin Skenes, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Skenes has produced an impressive record of teaching and course development. Since January 2016, he has taught 17 different courses at The Citadel including graduate, engineering and general education courses.

He utilizes new resources such as the Daniel Library Makerspace and the Engineering Fabrication Shop and is genuinely open to students’ opinions and eager to grow and learn with them.

Skenes engages student discussions of moral and ethical concerns as well as practical engineering applications, using real-life scenarios so that students can see themselves solving similar problems in their careers.  

He serves cadets and students as an excellent instructor, mentor and advisor. He has maintained one of the highest student evaluation ratings. He is a favorite among students who give him top marks while simultaneously noting how hard they have to work in his classes and labs.

The Medbery Award – Stephanie Laughton, Ph.D.

The C.A. Medbery Excellence in Teaching Award was established by the Medbery family in honor of the late Professor Clint Medbery.  The award is presented each year to a faculty member in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering who makes a strong impact in freshman-level programs.

The year’s recipient is Assistant Professor Stephanie Laughton, Ph.D., from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Laughton’s department head, Jeff Davis, Ph.D., states: “Through her dedication as an enthusiastic educator, well-founded pedagogical methods, skills as a fantastic faculty collaborator, expansive knowledge of curricular content and enthusiasm for civil engineering, she has effectively dedicated her passion and energy towards creating an outstanding foundation for student success, the benefits of which are immeasurable.”

Laughton’s impact on students is reflected in the following quote from one of her freshmen students: “Dr. Laughton is a great teacher. She is extremely understanding and knowledgeable. Along with that, she has an extraordinary amount of patience. The Citadel is lucky to have her and she is a great asset to the Civil Engineering Program.”

Provost’s Team of the Year

The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., selected the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Distance Education as the Provost’s Team of the Year. 

As The Citadel moved to the highly unanticipated need for fully online instruction in March of 2020, this team provided crucial support to faculty and students.

The team trained more than 400 faculty and students last fall alone, and continues to remain flexible and focused as new challenges arise or additional coaching is needed.

Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Award – Danny Gustafson, Ph.D.

The inaugural Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award goes to Biology professor Danny Gustafson, Ph.D.

Gustafson has an impressive record of mentoring students for the past 18 years at The Citadel. Students and colleagues are better positioned for success with his support.

He has built a record of working with students who might normally shy away from undergraduate research, such as athletes and military veterans.  His enthusiasm for research and learning is infectious and admired.

Claudia Rocha, Ph.D., whose upcoming sabbatical was announced at the general faculty meeting, setting up Zoom to teach a class in spring 2021.

Other recognitions

Emeritus status

David Allen, Ph.D., professor of English; associate provost for Academic Affairs

Juan Bahk, Ph.D., professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Jim Hutchisson, Ph.D., professor of English

David Trautman, Ph.D., professor of Mathematical Sciences

Elise Wallace, associate professor of Library Science

Bill Woolsey, Ph.D., associate professor of Management and Entrepreneurship


Claudia Rocha, Ph.D., Department of Biology

Guy Toubiana, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Mary Katherine Watson, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Col. Ron Welch, Ph.D., USA (Ret.), dean, School of Engineering

John Weinstein, Ph.D., Department of Biology

The following faculty members will receive a one-semester sabbatical:

Nancy Aguirre, Ph.D., Department of History

Robert Barsanti, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael Verdicchio, Ph.D., Department of Cyber and Computer Science

Tenure and Promotion

Monika Bubacz, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering
Promotion to professor

William Money, Ph.D, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management & Economics
Promotion to professor

Audrey Parrish, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Chris Sole, Ph.D., CSCS,*D, Department of Health and Human Performance
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., Zucker Family School of Education
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Kewku Brown, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Melanie Maddox, Ph.D., Department of History
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Richard Robinson, Ph.D., Department of Mathematical Sciences
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Roy Fenoff, Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Sarah Imam, M.D., Department of Health and Human Performance
Promotion to associate professor and tenure

Timothy Wood, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure

Jeffrey Lyons, Ph.D., Department of Mathematical Sciences
Promotion to associate professor

Jan Goldman, Ed.D., Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

Andrea Gramling, Department of Biology
Promoted to senior instructor

Service Pins

20 Years

Frances Frame, Ph.D., Department of English, Fine Arts, Communications

Licia Hendriks, Ph.D., Department of English, Fine Arts, Communications

John Weinstein, Ph.D., Department of Biology

10 Years

Dan Bornstein, Ph.D., Department of Health and Human Performance

Rene Hurka, Department of Physics

Antara Mukherjee, Ph.D., Department of Mathematical Science

Tiffany Silverman, Department of English, Fine Arts, Communications

Engineering professor uses sabbatical to strengthen collaboration between The Citadel and Army Research Lab https://today.citadel.edu/engineering-professor-uses-sabbatical-to-strengthen-collaboration-between-the-citadel-and-army-research-lab/ Mon, 15 Mar 2021 15:21:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22686 Mazzaro has been working closely with Army researchers to develop a unique type of radar for detecting deadly hazards.]]>

Electrical engineering professor Gregory Mazzaro, Ph.D., splits time between labs at The Citadel and ARL’s headquarters in Adelphi, MD

Gregory Mazzaro, Ph.D., a professor in The Citadel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is using his sabbatical, awarded for 2020-21, to focus full-time on research that he’s been conducting with the Army. Since August, Mazzaro has been working closely with Army researchers in Adelphi, MD to develop a unique type of radar as part of a suite of sensors for detecting deadly hazards.

Since joining The Citadel in 2013, Mazzaro has worked part-time as a consultant for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL) on several different technologies, including:

  • Harmonic radar — for detecting electronics such as those used to trigger explosives
  • Acoustic radar — for finding metallic objects such as landmines
  • Passive radar — for locating radio-frequency circuits such as those found in (2-way) communications gear and (1-way) scanner/listening devices

Mazzaro and his colleagues in the Sensors & Electron Devices Directorate at ARL have developed a variety of novel techniques for implementing these radars. This past spring, his team was awarded a pair of patents:

  • Method and Apparatus for Detecting Objects using a Combination of Radio and Acoustic Signals (US patent # 10,564,280)
  • Passive Non-Linear Synthetic Aperture Radar and Method Thereof (US patent # 10,649,080)

To date, Mazzaro is a named inventor on nine radar-related patents.

This year, Mazzaro and his team at ARL’s Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) designed, fabricated, programmed and tested a non-linear junction detector (“non-linear radar”) intended to be carried by a mobile platform (e.g. a drone) for detecting explosives. The initial design of the radar was conceived by Mazzaro; specifications were guided by experiments that he conducted on-site during prior summers at ALC. 

One of Mazzaro’s teammates, technician Khalid Salik of Ideal Innovations Inc., fabricated a prototype transceiver for transmitting very clean high-power probe signals while receiving very low-power radar-target responses. Another of Mazzaro’s teammates, Army electronics engineer Kyle Gallagher, programmed the software-defined-radio controller which generates and captures radar waves through that transceiver. In the fall, Mazzaro traveled to ALC to test the capability of this radar hardware to detect particular targets-of-interest, in different configurations:

  • At different distances away from the radar
  • Behind walls (i.e. inside nearby buildings)
  • Near ground (i.e. at different heights above a dry sandy surface)

Between his trips to ALC, Mazzaro processed the data he collected into actionable information which fed back into multiple redesigns of the radar. The latest incarnation of the radar was successfully tested in a desert environment as part of the Army’s Blood Hound Gang Program

This spring, Mazzaro is using his lab at The Citadel — an anechoic chamber located in the old coin-laundry building behind Letellier Hall — to evaluate his team’s radar against targets placed in different orientations (e.g. tilted, upside-down). Data that he gathers will further refine the radar’s design — widening its capabilities while reducing its size, weight, power and cost.

Despite not teaching, Dr. Mazzaro enjoys staying in-touch with his fellow Electrical & Computer faculty and students. “I bump into my students in Grimsley Hall and they ask me, ‘Aren’t you on sabbatical?’ and I say ‘Yes, of course.’ Then I smile and wait for the inevitable, ‘Hold on, what is a sabbatical?’ to which I reply, ‘I’m excused from teaching, which means I have more time to do real engineering.’”

With three more papers he’s written, expected to be released in conference proceedings this April, Mazzaro will reach a personal milestone: 100 technical publications. “I need to share credit for that accomplishment with my Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Michael Steer of North Carolina State University. He emphasized equal importance for both sides of research: advance the state-of-the-art, and communicate your advances to the scientific community.”

Mazzaro looks forward to sharing the latest-and-greatest in radar technology with his students when he returns to teach ELEC 426 Antennas and Propagation in June.

Members of the Corps of Cadets seek “a more perfect union” https://today.citadel.edu/members-of-the-corps-of-cadets-seek-a-more-perfect-union/ Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:15:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19249 To maintain social distance, the cadets connected themselves with spirit T-shirts, each holding a separate side.]]>

Five rings on Summerall Field — made of members from The Citadel community, linked together — are a visual representation of what unites members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, cadets gathered and stood together, using a physical connection to highlight their camaraderie. To maintain social distance, the cadets connected themselves with spirit T-shirts, each holding a separate side.

In addition to the Corps, members of The Citadel faculty and staff attended to show their support.

Those who attended the Unity and Respect event — designed by the Corps, for the campus community — were responding to an email sent by Cadet Hayden Brown, captain for The Citadel basketball team.

Cadet Hayden Brown speaking ahead of the Unity and Respect event

The event “has no political/group/organization affiliation,” Brown wrote in an email. “We are standing for unity. We are standing for a respect that is bigger than ourselves. We are standing in love for our neighbors. We are standing with empathetic hearts.”

Brown and other members of the Corps worked together to write a statement to explain the purpose of the Unity and Respect event.

Regimental Public Affairs Officer Cadet Ruby Bolden read that statement during the event, on behalf of those attending.

Cadet Ruby Bolden speaking during the Unity and Respect event

Despite all national attention and conversations surrounding inequities in our country, many remain apathetic. As the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, we are unified in our belief that no member of the Corps is any more important than another. Our core values are honor, duty, and respect; our honor is tested by how we respond to acts of injustice and the empathy we share with others. Without respect for one another, we will fail – as future leaders, as a nation, and as a people. We will stand on Wednesday, linked together, with the intent to form a more perfect union. As cadets who have come to The Citadel to pursue our education and develop into principled leaders, we believe we should empower and support each other, and every member of our community. Every member.

After, Bolden joined her classmates and stood in silence for a few moments before delivering the concluding remarks:

“Life is a race. It requires endurance — it requires grit. Life is also a race that cannot be run alone. When life’s challenges end, another one is peaking over the horizon. The person to your left and right has taken the initiative — the commitment — to see you through your struggles, just as you will for them. We do not stand alone. We live to embody the values of honor, duty and respect. We will forever remain committed to these core values, not only for ourselves, but also for those beside us.”