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April 19, 2012 – Based on the recommendations of the Department, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Dean, and the Provost, Dr. George Rudolph was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Dr. Shankar Banik was awarded academic tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.

September 29, 2011 – The Department held a retirement drop-in for Mrs. Elaine Singletary. Click here to see pictures of the event. The Department was extremely fortunate to have had the services of Elaine as Administrative Assistant/Department Secretary for 6 years. Her friendly smile and dedicated work ethic will be missed by everyone in the department, but we certainly wish her the best in her retirement.

October 2, 2010 – The Department held a retirement party for Dr. Jean-Marie Pages, Dr. Spencer P. Hurd, and Dr. M. Ishaq Zahid at the home of John and Kayran Moore. Click here to see pictures of the event. Collectively these three faculty provided the department and the college more than 90 years of dedicated service and leadership, and they are, quite simply, irreplaceable. All three will received the Emeritus designation following their retirement, and their day-to-day presence will be greatly missed by colleagues and students alike.

April 25, 2010 – The Department held a retirement party for Dr. Stephen D. Comer and Dr. Peter Greim at the home of John and Kayran Moore. Click here to see pictures of the event. During their combined 60 years on the faculty (35 for Steve and 25 for Peter), these two outstanding members of the faculty taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and served in various leadership positions at both the department and college levels. Most notably, Steve served as the department head from 1993-1998, and Peter served as Chair of the Faculty Council from 1990-1991. Both Steve and Peter were named as Citadel Foundation Faculty Fellows at various points during their academic careers. The professionalism, dedication, and hard work of these two individuals earned them the deep respect from students, colleagues on the faculty, and the college administration. Both Peter and Steve received the designation of Professor Emeritus following their retirement. They will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of working with them over the years.

April 20, 2010 – Based on the recommendations of the Department, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Dean, and the Provost, Dr. Li Zhang was awarded academic tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at The Citadel, effective at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Nov. 17, 2009 – Randy Bresnik (BA in Mathematics, 1989), The Citadel's first astronaut alumnus, was a crew member of the space shuttle Atlantis as it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center to the orbiting International Space Station. During the 11-day mission Bresnik took part in two of the three space walks, and his wife gave birth to their daughter, Abigail Mae Bresnik. Here are a few links containing additional information about Randy and the Atlantis mission:

May 8, 2009 – Based on the recommendations of the Department, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Dean, and the Provost, Dr. George Rudolph was awarded academic tenure at The Citadel, effective at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year.

April 14, 2009 – The Department held its annual Awards and Presentations Banquet at the Riverview Room, where we enjoyed an excellent meal and were treated to presentations by several of our seniors. Winners of the 2009 Reves Award (see below) were recognized as well as participants in the programming team, the Math Jeopardy team, and The Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. Here are some pictures of the event.

March 13-14, 2009 – Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics 2009, BS in Computer Science 2009), Tso-chun Meng (BS in Mathematics 2010), Chonmanart Ngampeerapong (Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2010), and Joshua Zimmer (BS in Mathematics 2009) represented The Citadel at the 2009 Math Jeopardy Competition held during the annual conference of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA-SE) at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Coached by Dr. Mei Chen and Dr. Li Zhang, the team worked very hard in preparation for the event, where they placed third among 24 teams.

Tao-hsiang and Joshua also presented their posters on “Inverse Eigenvalue Problems Arising in Population Models” and “Properties of Special Square Matrices over a Field," respectively, at the Student Poster Session of the conference.

Here are some pictures from the conference.

March 13-14, 2009 – Christopher Jordan Hall (BS in Mathematics 2009), Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics 2009, BS in Computer Science 2009), and Joshua Zimmer (BS in Mathematics 2009) presented posters at The Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. As a double major, Tao-hsiang Chang presented two posters, one in Mathematics and one in Computer Science. Chris Hall received one of the three awards given by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for his poster entitled “Linear Recurrence Relations in Music.“ Here are some pictures showing the posters developed by these three students.

March 11, 2009 – Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics 2009, BS in Computer Science 2009), Brennin Scott Colegrove (BS in Computer Science 2009, BS in Physics 2009), Christopher Jordan Hall (BS in Mathematics, 2009), and Benjamin Anderson Hunter (BS in Computer Science 2009) were selected by the Department faculty to receive the 2009 George E. Reves Award for superior ability and outstanding accomplishments in their respective majors. Here is a picture of the award recipients with Dr. Jerry Reves, his wife Jenny, and his two daughters Christy and Betsy. Dr. Reves, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, established the award in 1976 to honor his father, Dr. George E. Reves, who served as a member of the mathematics faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.

November 24, 2008 – The department was deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Hughes B. Hoyle III. Hughes had a wide range of experience in both industry and academia, but his first love was teaching, and he was among the most popular faculty members in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was the author or coauthor of several research publications in mathematics as well as a book on discrete mathematics. He was also the founder of Hoyle and Hoyle Software, which created computer adventure games and database systems in the early 1980's. Hughes taught courses in both mathematics and computer science throughout his adult life, including 22 years at The Citadel, until his retirement in August 2008. Hughes will be missed by all students and faculty who had the pleasure of knowing him or taking one of his classes.

November 8, 2008 – Coached by Dr. Shankar Banik, the programming team of Cadets Tao-hsiang Chang (BS in Mathematics, BS in Computer Science, 2009) and Zack Aardahl (BS in Computer Science, 2011) placed 8th out of 25 teams from southeastern colleges and universities at the CCSC (Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges) 2008 programming contest in Augusta, Georgia. Since the other teams had four members versus only two for The Citadel team, this was an exceptional accomplishment. Congratulations to Dr. Banik and Cadets Chang and Aardahl.

August 18, 2008 – Dr. Margaret Francel began a full-year sabbatical for the 2008-2009 academic year to pursue research and general faculty development in computer science. She will spend part of the year at Wake Forest University working with Dr. David John.

August 14, 2008 – The B.S. in Computer Science program has been accredited by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. This was the initial accreditation for the program, but the accreditation action extends retroactively from October 1, 2006, so that students who graduated after that date are considered to have graduated under an accredited program.

May 3, 2008 – Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) was recognized as the First Honor Graduate of the class of 2008 at Commencement. Click here to read the official news release from The Citadel Public Affairs Office.

April 23, 2008 – Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) was a recipient of a $500 Phi Beta Kappa scholarship. This scholarship is presented annually by the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association to three students (one each from The Citadel, the College of Charleston, and Charleston Southern) majoring in one of the liberal arts or sciences with the highest academic achievements. Dr. Mei Chen sponsored Jacky for this scholarship. Click here for a photo of the event.

April 20, 2008 – The Citadel chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held an induction banquet on Sunday. Logan Patrick Daigle (BS in Computer Science, 2008) and Brennin Scott Colegrove (BS in Physics and BS in Computer Science, 2009) were among 29 cadets inducted for their superlative achievements. Click here to see these two cadets at the induction. Also appearing in the picture are current and former faculty members Mei Chen, John Moore, and Russ Thompson.

April 14, 2008 – Logan Patrick Daigle (BS in Computer Science, 2008) was inducted as an associate member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, at the annual Sigma Xi initiation ceremony and banquet. Logan Daigle and Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) were recipients of the Sigma Xi Best Poster Award for their poster presentations given at the Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. Dr. Shankar Banik and Dr. Spencer Hurd, research project advisors of Cadet Daigle and Cadet Chen, respectively, and Dr. Chuck Groetsch, Dean of School of Science and Mathematics, and computer science faculty members Dr. Dave Trautman, Dr. Margaret Francel, and Dr. Mei Chen also attended the ceremony. Click here for photos.

April 11, 2008 – Franco Luis Villongco (BS in Mathematics, 2008) has been accepted into the Master of Science program in Operations Research at Columbia University in New York, and he was awarded a SMART (The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation) fellowship by the Department of Defense for his study at Columbia University.

March 28–29, 2008 – The Citadel’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted the 87th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA-SE). 457 mathematicians, college professors, high school teachers and college students from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee participated in the conference.

The conference opened with welcoming remarks given by Dr. Sam Hines, Provost of The Citadel, and went smoothly with 3 invited lectures, 23 paper sessions (125 papers in all) presented by students and faculty, 4 short courses, and a session of 29 student posters. There were also several student activities including a Math Jeopardy Competition participated in by 16 teams of college students from the southeastern section. The Citadel team was formed by Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008), Chris Hall (BS in Mathematics, 2009) and Tso-Jun Meng (BS in Mathematics, 2010). One of the conference highlights was the conference dinner held at the Citadel Beach House on Friday, featuring Dr. Chuck Groetsch, Dean of School of Science and Mathematics, as the dinner speaker.

Eleven faculty members and six students from The Citadel participated in the conference. Among them, four were presenters and six were session chairs. The conference local organizing committee was formed by Dr. Shankar Banik, Dr. Mei Chen (Local Arrangements Chair), Dr. Margaret Francel, Dr. John Moore, and Dr. Dave Trautman.

Detailed conference information can be found at the conference website, http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/MAA-SE/webpage_08.htm.

March 14, 2008 – Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008), Logan Patrick Daigle (BS in Computer Science, 2008), and Franco Luis Villongco (BS in Mathematics, 2008) were selected by the Department faculty to receive the 2008 George E. Reves Award for superior ability and outstanding accomplishments in their respective majors. Click here for a picture of Jacky, Logan, and Dr. Jerry Reves, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, Dr. George E. Reves, who served as a member of the mathematics faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.

July 16, 2007 – The Citadel started participation in the PlanetLab Global Research Network, an international computer networking research consortium headed by Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Washington. PlanetLab provides an overlay testbed designed to allow the researchers to experiment with network applications and services that benefit from distribution across a wide geographic area. We are honored to be the only college in South Carolina to be accepted into this elite group. Our membership is due to the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Shankar Banik. PlanetLab represents an excellent opportunity for our faculty and our students. For more information about PlanetLab, visit their web page at http://www.planet-lab.org/.

May 2, 2007 – Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, held an initiation ceremony and banquet on Thursday. For their accomplishments in research, Computer Science faculty member Dr. Shankar Banik was inducted as a full member, and Cadet Dai-Yi Wu (BS in Mathematics, 2007) and Cadet Jui-Chiang (“Jacky”) Chen (BS in Mathematics, 2008) were inducted as associate members. Dr. Chuck Groetsch, Dean of School of Science and Mathematics and the Traubert Chair in Science and Mathematics, was the after-dinner speaker. Mathematics faculty members Dr. Dave Trautman, Dr. Spencer Hurd, and Dr. Mei Chen also attended the ceremony. Click here here for photos of the event.

April 21, 2007 – Members of The Citadel’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), along with several members of the faculty, participated in an Earth Day community service project called Clean Cities Sweep. The group volunteered to pick up trash and debris in Wagener Terrace neighborhoods on the north side of campus. Students participating in the project included Michael Cullen, Brian Gilbert, Steven Willis, Aaron Brown, Alexander Volandt, and Ben Hunter. Faculty included Margaret Francel, Li Zhang, Chuck Groetsch, Shankar Banik, and John Moore. Click here to see a picture of the group at the conclusion of the project. Also shown in the picture is Lauretta Lemon Dailey, President of the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association.

April 19, 2007 – Dai-Yi Wu (BS in Mathematics, 2007) and Nawapong Unsuree (Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2007) were selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics. Click here for a picture of Dai-Yu (far right) and Nawapong (far left), with Christy and Betsy Reves, granddaughters of Dr. George Reves, for whom the award is named.

April 19, 2007 – The Department held its annual Awards and Presentations Banquet at the Riverview Room, where we enjoyed an excellent meal and were treated to presentations by several of our majors. The Reves Award was formally presented at the end of the banquet. Click here to see pictures of the event.

August 14, 2006 – The department welcomes Dr. Shankar Banik, who recently received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. Shankar’s research interests are in the areas of Computer Networks and Multimedia and Mobile Systems. Click here for additional information about our newest faculty member. We are excited to have Shankar in our department, and we look forward to many years of great accomplishments as a member of The Citadel faculty.

June 12, 2006 – John R. (Jack) Douglas (BA in Mathematics, 1992) was elected Vice Chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors. Click here to read the announcement, and here for Jack’s brief biographical summary and his BOV committees.

April 24, 2006 – The Department held a retirement party for Dr. William A. (Bill) Denig at the home of Steve and Connie Comer. Click here to see pictures of the event. During his 29 years on the faculty, Bill taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in both mathematics and computer science. His professionalism and dedication will be greatly missed by his students, his colleagues on the faculty, and the college administration.

April 17, 2006 – Edwin M. Spencer (Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2006) was selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics. Click here to see a picture of Win and Jerry Reves. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, George Reves, who served as a member of the faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.

April 17, 2006 – The Department held its annual end-of-year event. This year, instead of our usual picnic, we held an Awards and Presentations Banquet at the Riverview Room. Click here to see pictures of the event.

February 2006 – Randolph J. (Randy) Bresnik (BA in Mathematics, 1989) recently completed NASA astronaut training and is now available to be assigned as the pilot on the next space mission. Here's a link to his official NASA biography: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bresnik-rj.html.

September 22, 2005 – The Department held a retirement party for Doris Deas at the home of John and Kayran Moore. Click here to see pictures of the event. Doris served as the Department Secretary for over 31 years, working under six different department heads. She was the first full-time secretary for the department. We thank Doris for her years of faithful and cheerful service to the department.

August 2004-May 2005 – Professor Mei Chen was awarded a sabbatical by the college and the Citadel Foundation. Mei spent the fall semester working on three research projects in matrix theory with the Department of Mathematics at University of Connecticut, and she spent the spring semester investigating stabilities of adaptive filters in signal processing with the Center for High-speed Information Processing at Utah State University. Click here to see a picture of Mei describing her research to Dr. Donald A. Steven, Provost and Dean of the College.

April 19, 2005 – Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005) was selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics. Click here to see a picture of Shawna and Jerry Reves. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, George Reves, who served as a member of the faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.

April 19, 2005 – The Department held its annual end-of-year picnic. Click here to see pictures of the event.

March 26, 2005 – The Citadel team consisting of cadets Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005), Kevin Young (BS in Physics and Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2005), Pisut Muangsamai (BS in Physics, 2005), and Jui-Chiang Chen (BA in Mathematics, 2008) took first place in the Math Jeopardy contest at the SIAM-SEAS conference (see news item below). The competition featured teams representing eight other colleges and universities in the southeast. Click here to see a picture of the winning team and here to read the official Citadel news release.

March 25-26, 2005 – The Southeast Atlantic Section (SEAS) of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) held its 2005 annual meeting at The Citadel and the College of Charleston. There were four invited speakers, two short courses, nine mini-symposia, undergraduate Math Jeopardy, and several contributed and student paper sessions. Please see the conference web site for details. Four Citadel cadets, Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005), Kevin Young (BS in Physics and Minor in Applied Mathematics, 2005), Pisut Muangsamai (BS in Physics, 2005), and Jui-Chiang Chen (BA in Mathematics, 2008) gave up part of their spring break to participate as a team in the Math Jeopardy contest. Citadel Provost Dr. Donald Steven gave opening remarks on March 25. Citadel Professor Mei Chen was one of the organizers of the conference.

December 30, 2004 – Reid Ingraham, a faculty member in this department for 35 years, passed away in Rocky Mount, NC. Reid will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by current and former colleagues in the department and by the generations of cadets who were fortunate enough to have him as a professor in their mathematics courses.

October 25, 2004 – Capt. Trent Bottin (BS in Computer Science, 1998) has been accepted into the Masters program in Computer Science at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California. He will start this program in July, 2005.

October 19, 2004 – Dr. Charles Cleaver, Professor of Mathematics, was selected to receive a Krause Award in recognition of significant contributions, excellent performance, and an exceptional work ethic. Established in 1999 by a grant from the Krause Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding members of The Citadel staff and faculty who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the goals of the college.

October 7, 2004 – Rev. Lee Selzer (BS in Computer Science, 1990) was selected to serve as priest for parishes that include churches in Newberry, Laurens, and Joanna.

September 14, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004) recently received notification that he has been selected as a recipient for a Fulbright Scholarship to study the development of e-government in New Zealand starting in January. New Zealand is the primary country in the world in the use of electronic forms for government processes. Congratulations, Pat, on this well-deserved honor. Click here to read the details of Pat’s selection.

September 15, 2004 – Prakash Chanchana (BS in Mathematics, 2002) passed the qualifying exams for Ph.D in Mathematics at North Carolina State University. Congratulations Prakash on reaching this major milestone on your way to earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics.

August 2004-April 2005 – Kevin Young (Minor in Applied Mathematics and BS in Physics, 2005) was selected as a South Carolina Space Grant Consortium Research Scholar. Kevin will spend the 2004-2005 school year developing an algorithm that will allow automated telescopes to observe stars in the most efficient and timely manner as possible.

August 1, 2004 – Lee S. Dewald (BS in Mathematics, 1969) is named as Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Virginia Military Institute. Click here to visit Lee‘s home page at VMI. With this appointment Lee becomes the third graduate from this department who is currently serving as an academic department head in the mathematical sciences, joining Tom Trotter (BS in Mathematics, 1965), who holds a similar position at Georgia Tech, and John Moore (BS in Mathematics, 1970) who serves as department head at The Citadel.

Summer 2004 – Kevin Young (Minor in Applied Mathematics and BS in Physics, 2005) was selected as a Nanoscience Undergraduate Research Scholar. For his research project Kevin spent several weeks this summer working on Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy using silver and gold nanoparticles at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

May 17-28,2004 – Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005) was selected to participate in the Program for Women in Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. The topic of the program was Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.

May, 2004 – Dr. Charles A. Rains (BS in Mathematics, 1978), a Professor of Physics at Presbyterian College, was voted Professor of the Year for the 2003-2004 academic school year and selected to give the commencement speech to the Class of 2004. Dr. Rains also teaches in the summer program of the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Click here to read more about Dr. Rains' selection as Professor of the Year.

May 8, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004) and Mei Chen (Professor of Mathematics) receive major awards at The Citadel Commencement exercises. Pat received the scholarship medal as first honor graduate of the graduating class, and Mei received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding contributions to the college. Click here for a picture of Pat receiving his award and here for a picture of Mei.

May 5, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004) and Joe Hoerl (BS in Computer Science, 2004) are selected by the Department to receive the Reves Award for outstanding accomplishments in Computer Science. Click here to see a picture of Pat, Joe, and Jerry Reves. Jerry established the award in 1976 to honor his father, George Reves, who served as a member of the faculty and as Head of the Department for many years.

April 27, 2004 – The Department held a retirement party for Charles Cleaver at the home of Jean Marie and Jane Pages. Click here to see pictures of the event. The Department will miss Charles’ friendly smile and his steady leadership.

April 26, 2004 – The Department held its annual end-of-year picnic. Click here to see pictures of the event.

April 20, 2004 – Pat Reilly (BS in Computer Science, 2004), Joe Hoerl (BS in Computer Science, 2004), Shawna Hartman (BS in Mathematics, 2005), and Kevin Young (Minor in Applied Mathematics and BS in Physics, 2005) were inducted into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society.

April 8, 2004 – Paul Buhler (BS in Computer Science, 1986) successfully defended his doctoral research, which has been conducted at the University of South Carolina. His Ph.D. in Computer Engineering will be conferred in December 2004, making him the first known Citadel graduate to get a Ph.D. in a computer-related field. Paul's research in software architectures for dynamic workflow enactment has received recognition from the EU funded research project named CrossWork (www.crosswork.info). Paul provided support to this project for eight weeks during the summer of 2004 as a visiting researcher at PROFACTOR Produktionsforschungs GmbH in Steyr, Austria. Paul is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston where he also directs the graduate program in computer science.

March-April, 2004 – Joe Hoerl (BS in Computer Science, 2004), under the direction of Dr. Hughes Hoyle and Dr. John Peeples, conducted a senior research project on robotics through The Citadel's Honors Program, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Department of Electrical Engineering. This project explored robot autonomy and survivability and their practical uses in the area of mobile robotics. Joe was invited to present his research at the Southern Regional Honors Conference at UNC Wilmington in April 2004, and he won third place in an undergraduate research poster competition at The Citadel also in March 2004.