Dr. Simon Ghanat is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel (Charleston, S.C.). He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. His research interests are in Engineering Education and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. He previously taught at Bucknell University and Arizona State University.
Dr. Dena Garner is a full professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and is the Director of Undergraduate Research and Assistant Provost for Research and Policy at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She started working at The Citadel in 2004 while completing her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina, also located in Charleston. Before her move to Charleston, she worked at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where she also received her doctoral degree in exercise physiology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in exercise physiology and an undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Jason Howison is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at The Citadel. His research areas include computational fluid dynamics, wind turbine aeroelasticity, and engineering education. He also has industrial experience in solid rocket ballistics.
Dr. Rebecca A. Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. in Biochemistry in 2009 from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Following this, she earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Dr. Hunter currently teaches courses in general and analytical chemistry, as well as nanotechnology. Her research interests include the development of nitric oxide-releasing materials for the bioremediation of cultural heritage items and collaborating with local breweries to study beer chemistry and optimize the fermentation process.
Dr. Breeanne Baker Swart is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at The Citadel which she joined in 2013. She holds a PhD and Masters in Mathematics from Lehigh University. Breeanne's research interests include number theory, graph theory, and combinatorics.
Shankar M. Banik received the BTech (Hons) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1997 and the MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 and 2006, respectively. In 2006, he joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, The Citadel, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Computer science, Graduate Program Director for Computer Science, and Co-director for Citadel Center for Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Studies. His research interests include overlay networks, multicasting, network security, social media privacy, and cybersecurity education. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.
Dr. Michael Verdicchio is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, which he joined in 2011. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and a BSE in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, in Tempe Arizona. Michael teaches computer science students at all levels, from first-semester freshmen to working professionals in the evening graduate program. His current research interests cross cybersecurity education, algorithms, and software engineering. Michael is a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr. Nathan Washuta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He received both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Maryland – College Park. His primary research interests include Hydrodynamics, Turbulence, and Experimental Methods.
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