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Colonel Christopher McClernon

Associate Dean for Research


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(719) 333-4185



Colonel Chris McClernon is the Associate Dean of Research and Director of USAFA’s Research Office. He manages a $40M annual research budget and oversees a team of more than 100 personnel that support cadet research, innovation, and other non-teaching Dean of Faculty programs. Col McClernon has more than 20 years of experience in Science and Technology including multiple assignments to USAFA and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He holds a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences, M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and PhD in Modeling and Simulation with teaching experience at USAFA, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the USAF Test Pilot School.