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Lieutenant Colonel Lynda Zamora Wilson

Professor of Economics

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Official photo of Lt Col Lynda Zamora Wilson
Contact Information

(719) 333-8738



Lt Col Wilson began her career as a park ranger in the Lassen National Forest. Working her way through college, she entered ROTC at CSU Sacramento in 1993. While in ROTC, she was hired as a mathematics instructor, teaching at-risk college students. After receiving an AF commission, she was assigned to Los Angeles AFB, as a Concept Design Analyst and Satellite Test Branch. During this tour, she was competitively selected for a year internship, as a laser technician with the Aerospace Corp. From there, she was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy and taught integral calculus. In 2002, she moved to Edwards AFB and performed operational flight test for the F-22. From there, she was competitively selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School, where she earned her MS in Mathematics.

In 2007, she arrived at Eglin AFB, and performed operational test for several electronic warfare systems. She was deployed in 2009 to work in the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), as the Iraq Assessments Cell Chief. In 2010, she was competitively selected for a PhD in economics. With dissertation completed, she was assigned as Senior Economist to the Secretary of the AF, at the Pentagon. During her DC tour, she was assigned as the Military Assistant Commander for the 58th Presidential inauguration. In 2017, she returned to the academia field, at U.S. Air Force Academy, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the field of economics.


PhD, Economics

Master of Science, Mathematics

Master of Arts, International Economics

Master of Arts, Education

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

Associate in Arts, Math and Sciences

Professional Experience

Chief, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Test Branch

Assistant Professor, department of Mathematics and Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy

Iraq Assessments Cell Chief

Senior Economist

Joint Team Military Assistants Commander (2017 Presidential Inauguration)

Test Director, Electronic Warfare Division

Aerospace Intern, LIDAR Laser Technician

Flight Test Analyst (F-22), Concept Design Analyst, Space & Missile

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal (2010/2017)

Joint Service Achievement Medal (2017)

AF Organizational Excellence Award (2009)

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (2009)

Det 2 Field Grade Officer of the Quarter (2008)

AF Test Team of the Year (2005)

53rd Test Evaluation Group (TEG) Test Team of the Year (2005)

California Highway Patrol Certificate of Commendation (2005)

Aerial Achievement Medal (2005)

Air Force Commendation Medal (1999/2002/2005)

Squadron and 53rd TEG Mid-level Analyst of the Year (2004)

Selected for NASA candidate from AF (2003)

Promoted Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences (2002)

Right of Line Flight in SOS (2002)

Department of Mathematical Sciences Best New Instructor of the Semester (2000)

Air Force Outstanding Unit (1999)

Honor Guard Member of the Quarter (1999)

Air Force Achievement Medal (1998/1999)

Honor Guard Peer Member of the Year (1998)

Honor Guard Leadership Award (1998)

Selected for Education With Aerospace (EWI equivalent) (1997)

Selected from nationwide search for AFIT Master sponsorship (1995)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Effective college instruction

Assessing the veteran's risk of combat stress exposure


“On the Equilibria of the Extended Nematic Polymers Under Elongational Flow”

“Controllability of Non-Newtonian Fluids Under Homogeneous Extensional Flow”

“Raman LIDAR Calibration for DMSP SSM/T-2 Microwave Water Vapor Sensor”