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Department of Aeronautics

Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. John PletcherDr John Pletcher

Instructor

DEGREES:
Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. 1967
Master of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago 1969
Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 1979
Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 1982
Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 1988
Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va. 1990

YEARS SERVICE ON THIS FACULTY: 1
Date of Original Appointment: June 2008

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE (Teaching/Industry/etc):
Air Force operational flying and staff assignments, including HC-130 aircraft commander, 41st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii; 76th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Hickam AFB, Hawaii; and 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, South Vietnam March 1970 - June 1975
Doctoral student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. June 1975 - August 1978
Assistant department head and associate professor of aeronautics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. September 1978 - May 1982
Maverick missile Chief Engineer, F-15 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. May 1982 - April 1985
Commander, Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. May 1985 - June 1987,
Assistant Deputy for Engineering, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. July 1987 - September 1990
Director, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla. November 1990 - August 1994
Commander, European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, London, England. August 1994 - April 1997
Site Leader and Project Manager, MITRE Corporation, Dayton, Ohio. May 1997 - October 2000
Senior Technical Adviser, Veridian Engineering, Niceville, Fla. October 2000 - August 2001
Director of International Office and Business Development Office, Plans and Programs, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla. August 2001 - January 2003
Technical Director and acting Deputy System Program Manager, Area Attack Weapons Program Office, Eglin AFB, Fla. January 2003 - December 2004
t, Associate Director for Munitions, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla. December 2004- June 2008

STATE(s) IN WHICH LICENSED/CERTIFIED:
Professional Engineer, State of Colorado
Program Management, Level III

SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Northwest Florida Chapter Officer, AIAA
Air Force Association
Son Tay Raiders Association
U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Chief Engineer of the Year, Aeronautical Systems Division
Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
National Defense University Senior Fellow

INSTITUTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (in the last five years):
Principal faculty sponsor of USAFA student division of INCOSE
Systems engineering liaison and mentor to several senior design capstones
Military Education Working Group within INCOSE
Various military additional duties that support the military and character development areas of USAFA

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS:
Attended several INCOSE international conferences (2006-2007)
Numerous faculty workshops sponsored by the USAFA/Center for Educational Excellence on teaching portfolios, assessment, learning styles, and case studies (2005-2007).
Numerous department technical presentations (noon informational ‘brown bag’ and lunch educational seminars).
Level II certification in the USAF Acquisition Professional Development Program in the area of Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Feb 2003
Squadron Officer School - Air Force middle management leadership school (Oct 2006)

U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, Updated: 22 Oct 14
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