Dr. ​Charlie Holman

Dr. Charlie Holman enjoys teaching bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology, various statistics courses and the freshman year experience at Claflin.

Biography

Dr. Charlie Holman came to Claflin University in 2010 after serving nine years as the chief of Chemical and Biological Defense Evaluation at the Army Test and Evaluation Command. As chief, he led a division of 20 microbiologists, chemists, operation research analysts, statisticians, engineers, and Army officers to evaluate chemical and biological warfare defense systems. He currently teaches bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology, statistics, mathematical statistics, data analysis, and the freshman year experience at Claflin.

As an associate professor in the biology and mathematics departments, Dr. Charlie Holman enjoys teaching bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology, various statistics courses and the freshman year experience at Claflin. His research interests include the development and application of mathematical models and computer simulations to biological defense and the study of microorganisms. He has 31 years of experience in developing and applying mathematical models, computer simulations and statistical analysis for the Army and Air Force.

Education

Education Degrees:

  • Ph.D in Bio-defense (with emphasis in microbiology and applied mathematics), George Mason University, May 2008
  • MS in Statistics, University of South Carolina, Aug 1978
  • MS in Biology, Bloomsburg University, Aug 1974
  • BS in Biology, Pennsylvania State University, May 1973


Certifications:

  • Managing Technical Programs, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2002
  • Test and Evaluation, Level 3, Army Acquisition Workforce, Dec 1994
  • Military Operations Research, US Army Logistics Management College, Dec 1979

Research Interests

Dr. Holman’s research interests include the development and application of mathematical models and computer simulations to biological defense and the study of microorganisms.

Experience

Prior to coming to Claflin, Dr. Holman served as the Chief of Chemical & Biological Defense Evaluation at the Army Test & Evaluation Command (ATEC). He led a division of 20 microbiologists, chemists, operation research analysts, statisticians, engineers, and Army officers to evaluate chemical and biological warfare defense systems. Evaluations were based on both field and laboratory testing. All tests, with live biological warfare microorganisms and chemical warfare agent, were restricted to the laboratory. He mentored and trained new employees on the nature of the chemical and biological threat, the technology of chemical and biological defense, test strategies, test planning, budget development, integrating laboratory agent results with field tests, statistics, mathematical models, simulation, and the presentation of results. He guided division members in analyzing data, interpreting results, publishing results as government technical reports, and presenting the results to the Department of Defense Acquisition Decision Authority. He published journal articles and conference papers on chemical and biological defense test and evaluation methodologies. Represent the ATEC at chemical and biological defense meetings and served on committees and working groups.

Activities and Honors

On 12 June 2014 along with other members of the Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suite Technology (JSLIST) Program team, Dr. Holman received a “thank you for your service” coin at the Joint Service Reunion. This coin commemorates the first successful fielding of a multiservice chemical and biological defense system. JSLIST was fielded in 1997 and transitioned to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in 1998. Dr. Holman was the lead analyst for the evaluation of JSLIST.

On 31 July 2010 Dr. Holman received the Superior Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army for exemplary performance as the Chief of the Chemical and Biological Defense Evaluation Division.

On 31 July 2010 Dr. Holman received The Flag of the United States of America that had flown over the United States Capitol. This Flag was presented to Dr. Holman by US Senator Jim Webb on the occasion of his retirement from Government Service.

  • Dr. Holman received the Commander’s Award for Simulation Modeling of Standoff Chemical Detection in 2008
  • Dr. Holman received the David Packard Award for Test and Evaluation of Bio-detection Systems in 2002.

Recent Publications

Throughout his career, Dr. Holman published 6 journal articles, 1 Booklet, 21 Conference papers, and 33 government technical reports.

Recent journal articles:


Holman, CE, A. Dodds 2011 A bioinformatics approach to finding candidate organisms for false positive testing of biological warfare agent detectors. International Test and Evaluation Association Journal 32: 457-462.

Holman, CE, AG Loerch 2010. Chemical and biological test and evaluation—detector agent simulant relationship. International Test and Evaluation Association Journal 31: 525-530.

Holman, CE, R. Berkowitz 2009. Chemical and biological defense test and evaluation – a hallmark of integrating developmental and operational testing. International Test and Evaluation Association Journal 30: 151-155.

Holman, CE, R. Berkowitz 2009. A Bayesian construct to evaluate chemical and biological warfare detector performance. Bulletin of the Military Operations Research Society: PHALANX 42-4: 8-10.

Charles Holman
Dr. ​Charlie Holman
Associate Professor of Biology and Mathematics
  • School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Contact
James S. Thomas, 331
803-535-5565
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