Colonel Brian J. Neff
Department Head, Permanent Professor
Colonel Brian Neff is the 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 leads the department’s 25 faculty, staff, and researchers in the instruction of approximately 1,400 students per year. Additionally, Colonel Neff directs an active research program including the Academy Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research and maintains state of the art lab and test facilities.
Colonel Neff entered the Air Force in 1999 through Air Force ROTC at the University of Pittsburgh. He has deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom, where he was the Detachment Commander for the Joint Air Battle Staff. Colonel Neff was previously a permanent party faculty member at the USAF Test Pilot School and continues to serve as adjunct faculty, where he leads the test community in modernizing Electro-Optic flight test techniques. Prior to his current position, Colonel Neff was a squadron commander for the 746th Test Squadron, where he led the developmental test efforts for DoD global positioning system upgrades.
Colonel Neff is an accomplished flight test engineer with 573 military flight hours in 35 unique aircraft types. Additionally, he has 292 combat flight hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Air War College, by correspondence (2016)
Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio (2013)
Master of Arts, Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College (2010)
Master of Science, Flight Test Engineering, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, California (2007)
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic University of NYU, Brooklyn, New York (2006)
Squadron Officer School, in residence, Top Third Graduate (2004)
Bachelor of Science Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1999)
Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2018-Present)
746th Test Squadron Commander (CC), Holloman AFB, New Mexico (2016-2018)
96th Test Group Deputy CC, Holloman AFB, New Mexico (2015-2016)
USAF TPS Director of Education, Edwards AFB, California (2014-2015)
USAF TPS Deputy Director of Education, Edwards AFB, California (2013-2014)
AFIT PhD Student, WPAFB, Ohio (2010-2013)
419th Flight Test Squadron Asst Ops Officer, Edwards AFB, California (2009-2010)
Joint Airborne Battle Staff Detachment CC, Balad Air Base, Iraq (2009)
419th Flight Test Squadron Ops Engr Flt CC, Edwards AFB, California (2008-2009)
419th Flight Test Squadron Chf Flt Test Engr, Edwards AFB, California (2007-2008)
USAF TPS Student, Edwards AFB, California (2007)
Information Ops Flight Commander (2006)
Information Ops Test Director (2004-2006)
Intelligence Squadron Technical Director (2002-2004)
National Air Intelligence Center Signals Analyst, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (1999-2002)
Honors & Awards
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Iraq Campaign Medal
USAF Outstanding Scientist and Engineering Educator (2015)
Three time USAF Test Pilot School Academic Instructor of the Year (Classes 15A, 14A, 13B)
Distinguished Graduate – USAF Test Pilot School
R.L. Jones Award Recipient – USAF Test Pilot School as #1 of 11 Flt Test Engr / Nav
National Air Intelligence Center Award for Tech Merit (2000)
Research and Scholarly Interests
Flight Test Techniques
3-D Laser RADAR
Refereed Journal Publications
Brian J. Neff, Quentin D. Macmanus, Stephen C. Cain and Richard K. Martin, “Image deblurring and near-real-time atmospheric seeing estimation through the employment of convergence of variance,” Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 7(1), 2013.
Brian J. Neff and Stephen C. Cain, “Multiple surface discrimination in three-dimensional FLASH laser radar while minimizing the effects of diffraction” Optical Engineering 51(5), 2012.
Neff, B.J., Hardgrove, R., Bennett, M.L., Liebmann, C.J., Mensen, J.M., Lippert, M.T., Santroch, E.J., “HAVE LIGHT – An evaluation of electro-optic system imaging performance test techniques and C-12J utility as an electro optics airborne test bed,” 47th Annual International Symposium of the Society of Flight Test Engineers pp. 66-80, 2016
Neff, B.J., Fuka, J.A., Burwell, A.C., Gray, S.W., Hubbard, M.J., Schenkel, J.W., “Remote sensing solution using 3-D flash LADAR for automated control of aircraft,” Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering 9617, 2015.
Neff, B.J., Cain, S.C., “Image restoration technique for motion-compensated frame averaged data collected by 3D FLASH LADAR imaging system,” Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering 8520, 2012.
Neff, B.J., Cain, S.C., Martin, R.K., “Discrimination of multiple ranges per pixel in 3D FLASH LADAR while minimizing the effects of diffraction,” Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering 8165, 2011.
Neff, B.J., Vijayagopal, R., Latifi, S., “Testing the reliability of a hypercube and folded hypercube in the presence of random and dynamic faults,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications 3, pp. 1267-1271, 2003