Department of Aeronautics

Faculty and Staff


Colonel Neal BarlowCol Neal Barlow

Department Head

Permanent Professor

1978- BS Aeronautical Engineering, Top Graduate in Thermodynamics and Propulsion, USAF Academy CO
1979- Squadron Officer School, Correspondence Course
1982- Squadron Officer School, Outstanding Contributor, Performance/Speaking Excellence, Maxwell AFB AL.
1984- MS Aeronautics and Astronautics, Order of Daedal ion Fellow, University of Washington
1987- Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence Course
1994- PhD Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University AZ
1996- Air War College, Seminar Course

1974-1978- Cadet, CS-18, USAF Academy Squadron Commander, CS-18,
1978 - Honor Squadron
1978-1979- UPT, Williams AFB AZ
1980-1980- Graduate T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, 560 FTS, Randolph AFB TX
1980-1983- T-38 Instructor Pilot, 97 FTS, Williams AFB AZ
1983-1984- Graduate Student, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
1985-1988- Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, Department of Aeronautics, USAF Academy CO
1988-1990- Instructional Program Developer, 3305th School Squadron, HQ ATC, Randolph AFB TX
1990-1991- T-38 Command Flight Examiner, HQ ATC, Randolph AFB TX
1991-1994- PhD Student (AFIT Liaison Officer)
1994-1996- Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, Division Chief, Director of Research, Director of Resources
1996-1997- Associate Professor of Aeronautics, Director of Resources, Propulsion Sequence Director
1997-1998- Commander, 4417th Support Squadron, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kingdom of Kuwait
1998-1999- Commander, 94th Flying Training Squadron, USAF Academy CO
1999-2000- Deputy Commander, 34th Operations Group, USAF Academy CO
2000-2004- Professor and Head, Department of Aeronautics, USAF Academy CO
2004-2005- Director, Joint Area Support Group, Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq
2005-2006- Professor and Head, Department of Aeronautics, USAF Academy CO
2006-2008- Vice Dean of the Faculty, USAF Academy CO
2009- Chair, Engineering Division, USAF Academy CO


Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Aero Propulsion Laboratory Commander’s Award for Excellence in Engine Design
Distinguished Graduate, USAF Academy
Top Graduate in Thermodynamics and Propulsion, Class of 1978
Distinguished Graduate of UPT, Air Training Command Award
Top Graduate from T-38 Pilot Instructor Training
97FTS, Instructor Pilot of the Year
Order of Daedalian Fellow
Junior Officer of the Year for Department of Aeronautics, USAFA
Recipient of the William P. Clements Award as an Outstanding Military Educator

Second Lieutenant May 1978
First Lieutenant June 1980
Captain June 1982
Major Aug 1988
Lieutenant Colonel Feb 1994
Colonel July 2000

U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, 09 Dec 16
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