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Lieutenant Colonel Mark Engesser

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Lt Col Engesser
Contact Information

(719) 333-4831



Lieutenant Colonel Mark Engesser is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In this position, Lt Col Engesser teaches various chemistry courses while also serving as a mentor for future Air Force leaders. Further, Lt Col Engesser oversees all 32 courses taught by the Chemistry Department in his position as Senior Military Faculty, ensuring that the curriculum is designed to educate and train future Air Force officers.

Lt Col Engesser entered the Air Force through the ROTC program in 1998 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  During his career, he has served the Air Force as a missile combat crew commander, section chief, branch chief, executive officer, and operations officer.  Prior to assuming his current position, Lt Col Engesser was a division chief at the Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities directorate.

Lt Col Engesser is married to the former Ms. Jody Lynn Camp of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  They have been married for 26 years and have three children, Nathan, Justin, and Megan.


Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado (2014)

Air Command and Staff College (correspondence) (2009)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (2005)

Master of Science, Materials Science & Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB (2004)

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota (1998)

Honors & Awards

FGOQ (3rd Quarter), AF TENCAP (2016)

FGOQ (3rd Quarter), USAF Warfare Center (2016)

Outstanding Academy Educator Award, Department of Chemistry (2010)

FGOQ (3rd Quarter), Department of Chemistry (2010)

FGOQ (3rd Quarter), Basic Sciences Division (2010)

FGOY, Department of Chemistry (2010)

CGOQ (1st Quarter), Department of Chemistry (2008)

CGOQ (2nd Quarter), Integrated Air Defense Systems Division (2006)

CGOY, Integrated Air Defense Systems Division (2006)

CGOQ (1st Quarter), Survivability & Sensor Materials Division (2005)

#1/10 Solid Mechanic/Structure Theses, AFIT Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics (2004)

CGOQ (3rd Quarter), Metals, Ceramics & Nondestructive Evaluation Division (2004)

Air Force Space Command Crew Member Excellence Award (2002)

Crew Commander Top of the Line (2nd Quarter), 90th Operations Group (2001)

Named Professional Performer, Air Force Space Command Nuclear Surety Inspection (1999)

Combat Crew of the Quarter (3rd Quarter), 319th Missile Squadron (1999)

Deputy Crew Commander Top of the Line (4th Quarter), 90th Operations Group (199)


Engesser, John M. Monotonic, creep-rupture, and fatigue behavior of carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C/SIC) at an elevated temperature. No. AFIT/GMS/ENY/04-M01. AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, 2004.

Mall, Shankar, and John Mark Engesser. “Effects of frequency on fatigue behavior of CVI C/SiC at elevated temperature.” Composites science and technology 66.7 (2006): 863-874.

Engesser, John Mark. Chemistry in context: Does use of an application-based general chemistry textbook improve learning and attitudes? University of Northern Colorado, 2014.