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Cpatain Zachary Condon

Instructor of Physics

Department of Physics

Official Photo of Captain Zachary Condon
Contact Information

(719) 333-3412



Capt Zachary Condon was commissioned following graduation from the University of Delaware. He started his career in pilot training but was medically removed from the program, after which he transitioned into the 61D (physicist) career field. His first assignment as a 61D was to the Air Force Technical Application Center at Patrick AFB, FL. In this position, he served as section chief for a team working on novel methods of nuclear treaty monitoring.

Following that assignment, Capt Condon attended the Air Force Institute of Technology and attained a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering. His current assignment is at USAFA as an instructor of physics, where he has taught core physics classes as well as an advanced nuclear weapons engineering course.


Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2018

Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Delaware, 2012

Professional Experience

Instructor of Physics, Department of Physics, United States Air Force Academy (2018-Present)

Graduate Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2016-2018)

Section Chief, Geophysics Division, Air Force Technical Application Center, Patrick AFB, FL (2013-2016)

Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB (2012-2013)

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Teaching Certificate (2019)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Nuclear engineering

Radiation health physics

Behavioral science


Dependence of carbon fragments from methane in strong and ultrastrong elliptically polarized laser fields

Multisource direction identification using a rotating scatter mask