Lieutenant Colonel Brian Fry
Assistant Professor of Physics
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Fry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was commissioned through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from the University of Akron, Ohio and entered the Air Force in 2001. Lt Col Fry has served as a research physicist at the Air Force Research Laboratory in addition to operational and logistics assignments including as an aircraft maintenance officer for fixed- and rotary-wing special operations aircraft, an electronic warfare engineer supporting various airborne countermeasures systems, and a project manager developing military survivability standards for satellite systems. He has also completed deployments to Iraq as the vehicle distribution officer to the Iraqi military and police forces and to Afghanistan as a battalion electronic warfare officer supporting U.S. Army units.
Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois (2016)
Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence (2013)
Master of Science in Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois (2010)
Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (2007)
Distinguished Graduate, AETC Maintenance Management Systems (2003)
Distinguished Graduate, Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course (2002)
Bachelor of Science in Physics, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio (2001)
Assistant Professor of Physics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado (2019 – Present)
Project Manager, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia (2016 – 2019)
Ph. D. Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois (2013 – 2016)
Assistant Professor of Physics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado (2010 – 2013)
Master’s Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois (2009 – 2010)
Electronic Warfare Officer, Joint Task Force Paladin (attached to 173d Special Troops Battalion), Jalalabad and Kandahar, Afghanistan (deployment) (2007 – 2008)
Electronic Warfare Engineer, 542d Combat Sustainment Group, Robins AFB, Georgia (2006 – 2009)
Vehicle Distribution Officer, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq (deployment) (2005 – 2006)
Research Physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (2004 – 2006)
Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 58th Maintenance Group, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (2002 – 2004)
Honors & Awards
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Research and Scholarly Interests
Nuclear Weapon Effects and Fallout
Fields, B. D., Melott, A. L., Ellis, J., Ertel, A. F., Fry, B. J., Lieberman, B. S., Liu, Z., Miller, J. A., and Thomas, B. C. “Supernova triggers for end-Devonian extinctions.” Publications of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 35 (1 September 2020).
Fry, B. J., Fields, B. D. and Ellis, J. R. “Magnetic Imprisonment of Dusty Pinballs by a Supernova Remnant.” Astrophysical Journal, 894, 109 (12 May 2020).
Fry, B. J., Fields, B. D. and Ellis, J. R. “Radioactive Iron Rain: Transporting 60Fe in Supernova Dust to the Ocean Floor.” Astrophysical Journal, 827, 48 (5 August 2016).
“Supernova Shrapnel: Nearby Supernovae and Dust Transport in the ISM.” Fry, B. J. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (15 July 2016).
Fry, B. J., Fields, B. D. and Ellis, J. R. “Astrophysical Shrapnel: Discriminating among Near-Earth Stellar Explosion Sources of Live Radioactive Isotopes.” Astrophysical Journal, 800, 71 (10 February 2015).