Lieutenant Colonel Paul Kaster
Deputy Head and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Kaster is an Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He instructs students in a variety of classroom and laboratory courses, and assists the Department Head to lead the department’s 25 faculty, staff, and researchers.
Lieutenant Colonel Kaster entered the Air Force in 1998 through Air Force ROTC at Pennsylvania State University. He has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Horn of Africa. He has commanded a squadron, and served as a division chief, branch chief, and flight commander. Prior to his current position, he was a doctoral candidate at the Colorado School of Mines.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree, Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado (2016)
Air War College, by correspondence (2013)
Master of Arts Degree, Counseling and Leadership Development, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado (2010)
Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence (2008)
U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia (2005)
Squadron Officer School, in residence, Top Third Graduate (2004)
Squadron Officer School, by correspondence (2002)
Master of Science Degree, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia (2002)
Bachelor of Science Degree, Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (1998)
Assistant Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2016-Present)
Doctoral Candidate, Air Force Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado (2013-May 2016)
Chief, Literacy and Language Division, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Afghanistan (2012-2013)
Commander, Cadet Squadron 15, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2010-2012)
Student, Air Officer Commanding Master’s Program, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2009-2010)
Mentor, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Afghanistan (2008-2009)
Chief of Engineering, Joint Communications Support Element, MacDill AFB, Florida (2006-2008)
Chief of Operations, 3rd Joint Communications Squadron (Deployed multiple times supporting OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM), MacDill AFB, Florida (2005-2006)
Student, US Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia (2004-2005)
Communications and Information Systems Officer (Deployed multiple times supporting OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM), 91st Intelligence Squadron, Fort Meade, Maryland (2000-2004)
Project Engineer, 738th Engineering Installation Squadron (Deployed supporting OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH), Keesler AFB, Mississippi (1998-2000)
Honors & Awards
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Research and Scholarly Interests
Industrial Control Systems
P. R. Kaster and P. K. Sen, Cybersecurity and Rural Electric Power Systems: Considering Competing Requirements for Implementing a Protection Plan, IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 14-20, 2017.
P. R. Kaster, A Novel Approach to Quantify Cybersecurity for Electric Power Systems, Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest, 2016.
P. R. Kaster, Quantifying Cybersecurity, presented at the 2016 Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium, Golden, CO, 2016.
P. R. Kaster and P. K. Sen, Cybersecurity and Rural Electric Power Systems, in Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference, Asheville, NC, 2015.
P. R. Kaster and P. K. Sen, Power Grid Cyber Security: Challenges and Impacts, in Proceedings of the 2014 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Pullman, WA, 2014.
P. R. Kaster, Power Grid Cybersecurity, presented at the 2014 Conference on Earth and Energy Research, Golden, CO, 2014.