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Major Nick Mastronardi

Sr. Economist

Department of Economics & Geosciences

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Nick served 10 years on Active Duty including time as a Research Physicist and Advanced Munitions Technology Program Manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate. From there he was sponsored by US Air Force Academy's Department of Economics and Geosciences (DFEG) to earn a PhD in Economics from University of Texas Austin, and subsequently served 5 years on faculty with DFEG.  After Active Duty, Nick has served as an Air Force Reservist for US Cyber Command (USCC) helping launch DIU in Mountain View CA, and now as a Senior Economist with the A1 Office of Labor Economic Analysis (OLEA) located at USAFA.

After Active Duty, in the civilian world, Nick was a Senior Economist for Amazon leading econometrics and data science efforts on the East Coast reporting to the Amazon Chief Economist before co-founding and serving as CEO of Polco, a civic participation and government performance analytics platform technology company.

Nick and his family live in Middleton Wisconsin. In addition to the above, Nick has served as a Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in the Executive Office of the President in the White House, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in the Pentagon. Nick is a Hoover Veteran Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute, honorary faculty at University of Wisconsin Madison, and serves on the Board of Directors for both Polco and WPS Health Solutions.  Nick is a co-author on a seminal research paper that was the first complete characterization of Nash Equilibria to the famed “Colonel Blotto Game” in Game Theory.


Bachelors of Science in Honors Mathematics and Physics, University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on Industrial Organization (IO), University of Texas at Austin.