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The Citadel School of Engineering Receives Google Community Grant

Award to support engineering projects aimed at students


(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – Jan. 25, 2013 – The Citadel School of Engineering is proud to have received a Google Community Grant of $14,500 from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation.

The Google Community Grant will be used to support various programs during Engineering Week, set for February 16-23, 2013. Each year, The Citadel hosts an engineering event that serves as an outreach program for K-12 students as well as the general public. This event offers an opportunity for future engineers to gain a deeper understanding of the profession and for the community to come to The Citadel and learn about engineering.

“We are fortunate to work with Google to encourage the current and future engineers of our society,” said Army Col. Ron Welch (ret.), dean of the School of Engineering at The Citadel. “Google is an exceptional corporate leader in our community, and we look forward to our continued partnership.”

Funding will support three fundamental project areas:

  • Community outreach during Engineering Week. Competitions for students include: craft stick bridge, Lego golf robotics, Lego baseball robotics, demonstrations, and presentations of electrical and computer engineering inventions.
  • Support for the Autonomous Vehicle project for the design and construction of an intelligent vehicle. Based on product realization, this project stands at the cutting edge of engineering education, offering an experience that is multidisciplinary, theory based, hands on, team implemented, and outcome assessed.
  • Leadership and education programs for cadets. Citadel students participate in programs that teach mentoring skills, develop leadership, and encourage the participation of women in engineering. Cultivating these skills is essential for retaining students studying these disciplines and for training principled engineering leaders at The Citadel.

The Citadel School of Engineering offers civil, environmental and electrical engineering degrees. Founded in 1842, The Citadel offers a classic military education for young men and women who seek a college experience that is challenging, meaningful and academically strong. Most Citadel graduates report that the disciplined lifestyle and friendships they forged here have a profoundly positive effect on their lives. The cadet lifestyle provides a structured environment that supports growth and development of each student’s intellect, discipline, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values.

"We believe part of our responsibility is to make positive contributions to the communities in which we live and work,” said Eric Wages, Google operations manager at the Berkeley County data center. “South Carolina has given a lot to Google, and we want to support the people who have allowed our company to be so successful.”

The Google Community Grant comes from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation, which offers donor-advised funds, as well as professional philanthropic advice. It supports South Carolina organizations and initiatives that focus on four issues:

  • Technology literacy and innovation
  • Renewable energy innovation
  • Access to high speed Internet
  • New economy entrepreneurship

For more information about the Google Community Grants Program, go to and visit the "Community Outreach" page.

About The Citadel Foundation
The Citadel Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established to provide financial assistance and support exclusively for The Citadel. Founded in 1961 as The Citadel Development Foundation, the organization was initially tasked with raising money exclusively for educational purposes through the academic endowment fund.

Today, donations to The Citadel Foundation go to a variety of programs designed to enhance academic distinction and leadership development, including academic scholarships, faculty support, academic research and program funds, and vital expenses not covered by tuition or fees.

To make a gift in support of The Citadel School of Engineering, please visit



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