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Welcome to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Welcome to Mechanical Engineering – The Citadel’s newest engineering program!me rabb

We are very enthusiastic that the South Carolina Committee on Higher Education approved The Citadel’s request to initiate a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering program on 3 October 2013. Since then, we have been developing the curriculum and integrating into The Citadel and local organizations. The Mechanical Engineering Program of Study offers focused tracks in Power and Energy, Manufacturing, Aeronautical Systems, Materials (Composites), and Mechatronics.  

We will be offering Introduction to Mechanical Engineering to our incoming freshmen cadets in the fall 2014 as they begin their four year Mechanical Engineering program, and sophomore cadets will take Statics.  We will have junior full-time evening students transferring from Trident Technical College in summer 2014 (2+2 programs), who will take Measurements and Instrumentation and prepare for fall courses in Thermo-Fluids, Computer Aided Design, and Engineering Materials.  The full-time evening Mechanical Engineering program will mirror current full-time evening 2+2 programs in Civil and Electrical Engineering.  We have been ordering new lab equipment to supplement our classroom instruction and provide some “hands-on” learning.  We will continue to procure equipment as our enrollment grows.  Additionally, we are hiring two more faculty who will begin at The Citadel in fall 2014.

Engineering has had a proud record of significant contributions at The Citadel since its inception in 1842. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was established in 1912 and became accredited in 1936. Upon review of the history of The Citadel, civil and military engineering was a cornerstone course for all senior cadets in 1842. The student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) was established in 1937. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was established in 1941 and became accredited in 1976. Its student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) was established in 1962. We are now proudly adding mechanical engineering to our slate of influential engineering programs. We will apply for accreditation of the mechanical engineering program as soon as we have our first graduate – we are estimating in May 2016. Once accreditation is awarded, it is retroactive to the previous two graduating classes. We will establish the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers during the 2014-2015 academic year.

I invite you to learn more about us through the rest of the program website to see in greater detail the exciting activities associated with Citadel Engineering. If you are interested in attending The Citadel as a cadet or entering our evening undergraduate programs, I invite you to contact me, go to the program website and/or visit the Admissions department to gather more information.

You can reach me at:

Robert J. Rabb, LTC (Retired), PhD, PE
Mechanical Engineering Program Director
The Citadel
171 Moultrie Street Charleston, SC 29409
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Office phone: 843-953-0520