Dr. William J. Davis is Department Head and professor for The Citadel’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which includes two majors for cadets: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering. The department also offers a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and four Graduate Certificates: Built Environment and Public Health; Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering.
Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and is a Registered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in research, planning, development and design of transportation projects. His research focus is on infrastructure resilience, transportation planning and design, traffic engineering, highway safety, and maintenance. Additional research emphasis includes constructing spatial databases for better operation of transportation infrastructure, understanding long-term effects of urban development patterns, and advancing active living within the built environment for improved public health.
He teaches courses in Capstone engineering design, engineering management, transportation engineering, geographic information systems, and land surveying. He has served in numerous leadership positions with the Transportation Research Board, American Society of Civil Engineers and Institute of Transportation Engineers.
The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to provide a nationally recognized student-centered learning environment for the development of principled leaders. The curriculum emphasizes theoretical and practical engineering concepts, in a collaborative collegial environment on campus. Housed in LeTellier Hall, the department offers small class sizes, an engaging and supportive learning environment, uniquely dedicated faculty support, and seven labs, providing carefully designed hands-on experiences for students, all under the guidance of full-time professors.