Lieutenant Colonel Rich Shertzer
Deputy for Curriculum, Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics
Lt Col Rich Shertzer is the Deputy for Curriculum of the Department of Engineering Mechanics and an Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Lt Col Shertzer earned his PhD in Applied Mechanics from Montana State University in 2011 where he developed novel constitutive models for granular materials, focusing on incorporating microstructural features of the material to capture anisotropy. From 2011-2015 he was the Mission Management & Analysis Branch Chief for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. While there, he led government and contractor teams in over 20 concurrent space launch mission integration efforts. His team procured, scheduled and managed over $2B worth of Atlas V and Delta IV space launch services, ultimately launching billions in national security space primary and secondary satellites for the AF, Navy, NRO and science & technology community. Previous to these assignments, Lt Col Shertzer served at Edwards AFB, CA as a flight test engineer supporting both a B-1B weapons and software upgrade and the initial operational testing of the F-22.
Lt Col Shertzer has served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Faculty from December 2004 – July 2008, being promoted to Assistant Professor in 2007. He rejoined the Faculty in July of 2015, where he continues to serve. He has taught the following courses:
Engr Mech 220 – Statics and Strength of Materials
Engr Mech 320 – Dynamics
Mech Engr 312 – Thermodynamics
Mech Engr 341 – Fluid Mechanics
Mech Engr 325 – Engineering System Dynamics
Engr 341 – Linear Systems Analysis & Design
Engr 342 – Linear Control System Analysis & Design
Astro 436/7 – FalconSat Capstone
Mech Engr 491/2 – Mechanical Engineering Capstone
Mech Engr 499 – Independent Study
Engr 402 – Fundamentals of Engineering Prep
Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Montana State University-Bozeman (2011)
Master of Science, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (2001)
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1999)
Deputy for Curriculum & Division Chief, Department of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy (2015-present)
Branch Chief, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Mission Management, Launch Systems Directorate, Los Angeles AFB (2011-2015)
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy (2004-2008)
B-1B & F-22 Flight Test Engineer, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, Edwards AFB, California (2001-2004)
Honors & Awards
Launch Systems Directorate Field Grade Officer of the Quarter (2013)
Launch Systems Directorate Field Grade Officer of the Year (2012)
Engineering Division Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (2007)
Engineering Division Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (2006)
Department of Engineering Mechanics Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (2006)
31st Test & Evaluation Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (2003)
Refereed Journal Articles:
Shertzer, R. H., & Adams, E.E. (2018). A mass diffusion model for dry snow utilizing a fabric tensor to characterize anisotropy, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems – Under Revision
Shertzer, R. H., & Adams, E.E. (2011). Anisotropic thermal conductivity model for dry snow, Cold Regions Science & Technology, 69(2), 122-128.
Slaughter, A. E., Adams, E. E., Staron, P. J., Shertzer, R. H., Walters, D. J., McCabe, D., Catherine, D., Henninger, I., Leonard, T., Cooperstein, M., & Munter, H. (2011). Field investigation of near-surface metamorphism of snow. Journal of Glaciology, 57(203), 441-452.
Cooper, C., Anderson, Michael L., Shertzer, R., Yamazaki, G., Jensen, D, “Designettes in Capstone: Implementation Tailoring to Meet Designette Learning Objectives,” Proc. 125th ASEE Conference, June 2018 – Accepted.
Jensen, D., Anderson, Michael L., Yamazaki, G., Cooper, C., Shertzer, R., “Bio-Inspired Ideation using Mind Maps,” Proc. 125th ASEE Conference, June 2018 – Accepted.
Shertzer, R. H., Zimpfer, D. J., & Brown P. D. (2002). Control allocation for the next generation of entry vehicles, proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation & Control Conference.
Shertzer, R. H. (2011). Fabric tensors and effective properties of granular materials with application to snow (Doctoral dissertation, Montana State University-Bozeman, College of Engineering).
Shertzer, R. H. (2001). Control allocation for the next generation of entry vehicles (Masters thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Shertzer, R. H. (1999). MIL-SPEC & MIL-STD Reform, SAE Technical Paper 1999-01-1309.