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Lieutenant Colonel Vincent I. Bongioanni

Geotechnical Division Chief and Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Lt Col Bongioanni
Contact Information

(719) 333-9119




Lieutenant Colonel Bongioanni graduated and earned his commission from the USAF Academy in 2005. Upon graduation, his first duty assignment was Los Angeles Air Force Base where he was selected as the Officer in Charge of Quality Assurance and subsequently to lead the largest flight in the squadron with 101 military, civilian, and contractor personnel as the Operations Flight Commander.  He then obtained a Master of Science degree with a specialty in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He served on the Expeditionary Engineering staff at HQ AF Civil Engineer Support Agency (AFCESA) before serving as Chief, Airfield Pavement Evaluation Team. Next, he was the Deputy Branch Chief for Energy at AF Space Command and then served as Executive Officer to the Director of Logistics and Installation Support. Doctor Bongioanni was an Assistant Professor at the USAF Academy, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Colonel Bongioanni deployed as the Air Infrastructure Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at HQ International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He also deployed to Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Camps Dwyer and Bastion as Airfield Pavement Evaluation Team Chief to determine critical airfield capacity and predicted lifespans for combatant commanders.


​Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems), Virginia Tech (2019)

Master of Science, Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering), UC Berkeley (2009)

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (Construction Management), US Air Force Academy (2005)

Professional Experience

​Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, DFCE, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2022-present)

Branch Chief, Engineer for Africa, US Air Forces in Europe-US Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB (2020-2022)

Commander, Ascension Island Airfield, South Atlantic Ocean (2019-2020)

Doctoral Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2016-2019)

Instructor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, DFCE, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2014-2016)

Executive Officer, Directorate of Log., SF, and Civil Engineering, HQ Air Force Space Command (2012-2013)

Deputy Branch Chief, Energy, Dir. Of Log., SF, & CE, HQ Air Force Space Command (2011-2012)

Chief, Airfield Pavement Evaluation Team, Tyndall AFB, FL (2010-2012)

Contingency Plans Lead, HQ AF CE Support Agency, Tyndall AFB, FL (2009-2010)

Graduate Student, University of California at Berkeley (2008-2009)

Operations Flight Commander, Los Angeles AFB (2007-2008)

Chief of Quality Assurance, Los Angeles AFB (2005-2007)

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

FGO of the Year, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA/A4C, 2021

MG Lupia Award Winner, CGO, HQ AFCESA, 2012

HQ AFCESA CGO of the Year, 2011

Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Oct 2010

AF Achievement Medal, Aug 2008

CGO of the Year, 61st Civil Engineering Squadron, 2008

Research and Scholarly Interests

Pavement Macrotexture, LASER precision measurement at high speed, Pavement Design, photogrammetry, pavement network management.


Protocols for Network-Level Macrotexture Measurement, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 2021.

Removing Outliers from 3D Macrotexture Data by Controlling False Discovery Rate, ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 2019.

Repeatability and Agreement of Various High-Speed Macrotexture Measurement Devices, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2018.

Various Airfield Pavement Structural, Friction, and Engine run-up anchor reports, 2010-2012