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Citadel News Service
15 Dec 2016

Citadel engineering school earns $1 million in grants for transportation research

Collaborative grants for engineering innovations among several recently awarded to The Citadel

The Citadel’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) will help lead collaborative research to identify innovations addressing the Southeast’s transportation challenges. Two grants equaling approximately $1 million over five years were recently awarded to the college by the Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center (UTC).

The Citadel is the only South Carolina institution invited to partner with other universities for the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education (STRIDE) Center consortium grant.


The STRIDE grant will provide up to $14 million over the next five years to 10 regional universities towards developing novel strategies for reducing congestion.

“The Citadel’s School of Engineering has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and excellence that is clearly supported in the form of two new federal grants totaling more than $1 million,” said Citadel President, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF (Retired). “It is an honor to partner with the other leading institutions to address our nation’s transportation challenges.”

In addition to the STRIDE grant, The Citadel will be a part of a consortium of South Carolina institutions selected to receive the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility grant. The federal grant will provide up to $7.8 million for the next five years to enable South Carolina to further transportation research, enhance undergraduate and graduate education, e-learning for professionals and engage K-12 students through outreach programs with South Carolina industries.

Leading The Citadel’s contributions for both projects will be professors William J. Davis, Ph.D., Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D. and Kweku Brown, Ph.D. They will work collaboratively with the other institutions to achieve the goals of the consortia.

“These new grants are a vote of confidence in the strength of The Citadel’s Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty to deliver the next generation of transportation innovations and a diverse workforce to the industry,” said Connie Book, Ph.D., provost and dean of The Citadel.

A total of $300.3 million in grants was recently awarded to 32 UTCs across the country to address critical transportation issues.

“Our nation faces unprecedented challenges from population growth, a changing climate, and increasing freight volumes. Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues, and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx.

For more information on the grants, please email the Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kevin C. Bower, Ph.D., P.E., at

Other recently awarded Citadel grants and fellowship highlights

Throughout the year, The Citadel’s faculty leads cadets and students in grant-funded projects supporting research, innovation and leadership. The grants are awarded to the college by private foundations and government entities through highly competitive application processes.

Examples of the college’s recent grant funded projects and fellowships include:

Advancing proficiency in Chinese language, literature and culture


The primary focus of The Citadel’s Project GO Grant is to bolster the Chinese language program and to provide domestic and overseas instruction to qualified ROTC students.


Dr. Zane Segle, professor, The Citadel Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures




Anticipating social unrest with big data


Provided by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, this grant supports big data research on the use of the internet and social media in anticipating social unrest.


Growing world-wide instability caused by governmental/state and non-state entities makes social unrest a topic of concern to researchers and policy makers. Big data allows researchers to harness, understand and anticipate the occurrence and spread of social unrest and instability.


Dr. Deepti Joshi, professor, The Citadel Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,




National Security Agency and cyber security camp


Designated by the National Security Agency, the primary goals of the cyber security camp are to train high school teachers on cyber security concepts, best practices, and tools and technologies. For each of the goals, lesson plans will be designed so that teachers can easily incorporate these items into their classrooms.


Students will learn how to be good cyber citizens from their teachers and will be motivated to pursue college degrees in cyber security related discipline.


Varying high schools across South Carolina will be invited to participate. Emphasis will be given to schools in counties with limited resources.


Dr. Shankar Banik, professor, The Citadel Department of Mathematics and Computer Science




South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium


Provided by the Charleston Resilience Network, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will support the development of more robust and localized flooding models that can be used to plan infrastructure improvements in the Lowcountry.


Dr. William J. Davis, professor, with Dr. Simon Ghanat, professor, The Citadel Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering




Storm The Citadel and STEM Center of Excellence


Provided by Google, the grant will support The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence’s Storm The Citadel competition and National Engineers Week or DiscoverE Week. The Citadel will host trebuchet, robotics and bridge design competitions for elementary, middle and high school teams across the Southeast.


Dr. Jennifer Albert, director of the STEM Center of Excellence




Space Telescope Institute


Provided by the Space Telescope Institute, the grant will support research probing supernovae yields in low metallicity environments with UV spectroscopy of Magellanic cloud b-type stars. The results of this project will be compared to those of stars in the Milky Way galaxy.


Dr. Saul Adelman, professor, The Citadel Department of Physics




Examining Civil War archival collections


Provided by the Medical Library Association, the Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship promotes and supports research in the history of information science.


The award will be used to examine various archival collections related to Dr. John Shaw Billings who was a Civil War surgeon, hospital architect, public health reformer, sanitary engineer and medical bibliographer.


Elizabeth Connor, professor, Library Sciences and Leadership Studies, associated with the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs




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