Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Frank
Structures Division Chief and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Lt Col Timothy E. Frank is the Structures Division Chief and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy. He develops leaders of character for the Air Force and Space Force by advising, teaching, and mentoring cadets.
Lt Col Frank commissioned in 2002 as a Distinguished Graduate of ROTC from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Lt Col Frank’s professional experience includes managing construction projects, supporting emergency and disaster response and recovery, and serving as base civil engineer. Additionally, he has served on the Headquarters Air Force Staff developing civil engineer strategy and future concepts.
Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Frank commanded the 432d Support Squadron, leading 500 active duty, government civilians, and contract personnel responsible for civil engineer, communications, logistics, and force support functions at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. He has deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, and was the Deputy Engineer and Chief of Construction Effects for Combined Joint Task Force–Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University (2017)
Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois (2003)
Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois (2002)
Professional Engineer – New Hampshire (PE)
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
June 2021–Present, Assistant Professor, then Structures Division Chief and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Headquarters, US Air Force Academy, Colo.
July 2019–June 2021, Commander, 432d Support Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
August 2017–June 2019, Strategy and Future Concepts Program Manager, Headquarters, Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (October 2018–April 2019, Deputy Engineer and Chief, Construction Effects, Combined Joint Task Force–Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Southwest Asia)
August 2016–August 2017, Base Civil Engineer, 612th Air Base Squadron, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras
August 2013–August 2016, Air Force Institute of Technology Fellow and PhD Candidate, Stanford University, Calif.
June 2010–July 2013, Instructor, then Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Headquarters, US Air Force Academy, Colo.
June 2009–June 2010, Chief, Programs Flight, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Southwest Asia
January 2007–June 2009, Support Officer, 23d Space Operations Squadron, New Boston Air Force Station, N.H.
January 2004–January 2007, Officer in Charge, Prime Base Emergency Engineer Force and Chief of Design and Construction, 96th Civil Engineer Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (September 2005–March 2006, Airfield and Pavements Engineer, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Southwest Asia)
Honors & Awards
John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Fellowship, 2013-2016
Dresden International Summer School Fellow, 2015
Martinson Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2013
Outstanding 2d Year Instructor, U.S. Air Force Academy Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2012
American Society of Civil Engineers Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Fellow, 2011
University of Illinois Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering Kuhn Fellowship, 2002-2003
University of Illinois Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, Excellent Teaching Asst., 2002
Research and Scholarly Interests
Fiber reinforced cementitious composites, community resiliency, and engineering education
Sloan, J., Becker, K. and Frank, T., 2022. Integrating Technical Communication Block in a Civil Engineering Computer Applications Course: Lessons Learned. Proc 2022 ASEE Annual Conference. Minneapolis, USA, 1-15.
Frank, T.E., Lepech, M.D. and Billington, S.L., 2018. Finite element models of reinforced ECC beams subjected to various cyclic deformation. Computers and Concrete, 22(3), 305-317.
Frank, T.E., Lepech, M.D. and Billington, S.L., 2018. Experimental testing of reinforced ECC beams subjected to various cyclic deformation histories. J. Structural Engineering, 144(6), 04018052.
Billington, S.L., Shao, Y., Frank, T.E., Bandelt, M.J. and Moreno, D.M., 2018. Simulation of reinforced ductile cement-based composite beams under cyclic loads. Computational Modelling of Concrete Structures, 805-812.
Bandelt, M.J., Frank, T.E., Lepech, M.D. and Billington, S.L., 2017. Bond behavior and interface modeling of reinforced high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites. Cement and Concrete Composites, 83, 188-201.
Frank, T.E., Lepech, M.D. and Billington, S.L., 2017. Experimental testing of reinforced concrete and reinforced ECC flexural members subjected to various cyclic deformation histories. Materials and Structures, 50(5), 1-12.
Frank, T.E., 2017. Response of reinforced engineered cementitious composite flexural members subjected to various cyclic deformation histories (Doctoral dissertation, Stanford University).
Frank, T., Lepech, M., and Billington, S. 2016. A Comparison of Reinforced Concrete and Reinforced HPFRCC Beam Response to Various Cyclic Deformation Histories. 9th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, Berkeley, USA, 1-12.
Frank, T., Lepech, M., and Billington, S. 2015. Effect of Deformation History on Steel-Reinforced HPFRCC Flexural Member Behavior. Proc. High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites 7, Stuttgart, Germany, 367-374.
Frank, T., Scheie, M., Cachro, V., and Munoz, A. 2013. The Effect of Increasing Grain Size in Biosand Water Filters in Combination with Ultraviolet Disinfection, J. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development 4(2), 206-213.
Frank, T., and Scharff, L. 2013. Learning Contracts in Undergraduate Courses: Impacts on Student Behaviors and Academic Performance, J. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 13(4), 36-53.
Frank, T., Aldred, J., and Meyer, A. 2013. Exploring the Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Instruction on Learning: A Case Study in a College Level Course on Culture, Aid, and Engineering, J. Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics 11(2), 47-53.
Frank, T., Krapac, I., Stark, T., and Strack, G. 2005. Long-Term Behavior of Water Content and Density in an Earthen Liner, J. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 131(6), 800-803.