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Major Evan Hanks

Instructor of Mechanical Engineering/Lab Director

Department of Engineering and Mechanics

Bio of Evan Hanks
Contact Information

(719) 333-1914



Major Hanks is a core engineer with a background in maintenance and experience in rapid systems acquisition, depot overhaul, field user support and life cycle management. Currently Maj Hanks leads daily operations of DFEM’s $37 million undergraduate research facility, while instructing courses in structures and materials. In this position he supports research for the Air Force’s Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension, as well as student and faculty research. In his prior job Evan was an operations support engineer supporting PACOM’s only special operations air unit at Kadena AB, Japan.

While stationed at Robins AFB Maj. Hanks was the lead Mechanical Engineer on the MC-130W development. Evan developed rapid capabilities of key AFSOC assets, modifying refueler C-130s to precision strike package with ISR ability. As the project’s mechanical engineer he was responsible for key components of the modification program including; gun mounting, PGM launcher attachment, misc structures, mission operators stations, and munitions/equipment racks. Before he was selected to this vital AFSOC program Evan was a depot structural engineer, responsible for sound repairs of aircraft structures and mechanical systems. He provided support to all U.S. field C-130 units as well as deployed aircraft, all foreign military sales partners, and 3 depots.

Prior to graduation and commissioning Maj. Hanks was SSgt. Hanks, an aircraft structural mechanic on F-16s. In this position he evaluated and repaired aircraft components to meet requirements for preserving structural integrity and low observable qualities. In this role he advised on structural and low observable repair, modification, and corrosion protection treatment with respect to original strength, weight, and contour to maintain structural and low observable integrity.


Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering: Air Force Institute of Technology (2016)

Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Virginia Military Institute (2007)

Professional Experience

Lab Director & Instructor, Department of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2016-2019)

Masters Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (2014-2016)

Operations Support Engineer, Kadena AB, Japan (2011-2014)

Lead MC-130W Mechanical Engineer, Robins AFB, Georgia (2010-2011)

C-130 Structural Engineer, Robins AFB, Georgia (2007-2010)

Aircraft Structural Mechanic, Richmond IAP, Virginia (2002-2007)


Depot Liaison/Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer. Al Udeid AB Qatar (2010)

Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer. Balad AB Iraq (2010-2011)

Honors & Awards

2018 – USAF Academy Outstanding Educator

2013 – Group Leo Marquez Award for excellence in technological maintenance

2010 – USAF Junior Military Engineer of the Year

2010 – Wing CGO of the Year

3 Time base level team of the year

Research and Scholarly Interests

Additive Manufacturing


Contributing Author – Additive Manufacturing Handbook; Product Development for the Defense Industry