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Colonel Rex Kiziah

Permanent Professor & Department Head

Department of Physics

Colonel Rex Kiziah
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Colonel Rex R. Kiziah is a Permanent Professor and the Head of the Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He leads a 56-member department which educates, trains, and inspires more than 2,700 future Air Force officers annually across 35 physics and meteorology undergraduate courses. His team, with the involvement of cadet physics and engineering majors, also conducts research totaling $2.9M annually for the Air Force, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other government agencies through the department’s Astrophysics Research Group and Observatory, Center for Physics Education Research, Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, Laser and Optics Research Center, and the Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center.

Colonel Kiziah entered the Air Force in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served as an Air Force science and technology officer, Associate Professor of Physics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, joint duty officer and deputy program manager within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Air Force Research Laboratory Commander’s representative and staff member of the National Reconnaissance Office Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, Combat Support and Joint Counterair Division Chief at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and Materiel Group Director for Advanced Space Superiority of the Space Superiority Materiel Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of the Phillips Research Site and Materiel Wing Director for the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate located at Kirtland Air Force Base.

Education

Executive Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Ft Belvoir, Virginia (2004)

Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (2000)

Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Ft Belvoir, Virginia (1998)

Joint and Combined Staff Officer School, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia (1995)

Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (1994)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (1986)

Doctor of Philosophy in physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas (1984)

Bachelor of Science, Physics (Distinguished graduate and Outstanding Cadet in Physics), U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (1981)

Professional Experience

Professor Department Head, Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2013-present)

Deputy Chief Scientist, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado (2011-2013)

Professor and Department Head, Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2006-2011)

Phillips Research Site Commander and Materiel Wing Director, Space Vehicles, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirkland AFB, New Mexico (2004-2006)

Materiel Group Director, Advanced Space Superiority, Space Superiority Materiel Wing, Space & Missile Systems Center, AFSPC, Los Angeles AFB, California (2002-2004)

Chief, Combat Support and Joint Counterair Division, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. (2001-2002)

Chief, Theater Air Defense Division, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. (2000-2001)

Student, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (1999-2000)

Commander’s Representative to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Reconnaissance Office, Virginia (1997-1999)

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Nuclear & Chemical & Biological Defense Programs, Washington, D.C. (1994-1997)

Deputy Program Manager, Counterproliferation Support Program (CPSP), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Nuclear & Chemical & Biological defense Programs (1996-1997)

Direct Special Assistant for Research & Technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Nuclear & Chemical & Biological Defense Programs (1994-1996)

Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (1993-1994)

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (1988-1993)

Section Chief and Neutral Particle Beam Research Officer, Weapons Technology Branch, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (1984-1988)

University of Texas, Austin and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Texas and New Mexico (1981-1984)

Honors & Awards

Inducted into the North Carolina Caldwell County Schools Hall of Honor (2008)

Selected 1 of only 21 across the Armed Forces by military historian and bestselling author, Walter J. Boyne, for featured article, The Emerging Biocruise Threat, in Today’s Best Military Writing: The Finest Articles on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Military (2004)

Fully Qualified Joint Specialty Officer (1999)

Legion of Merit (2004)

1st Oak Leaf Cluster (2006)

2nd Oak Leaf Cluster (2013)

Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1997)

1st Oak Leaf Cluster (1999)

Meritorious Service Medal (1993)

1st Oak Leaf Cluster (2002)

Air Force Commendation Medal (1988)

Joint Service Achievement Medal (1995)

Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Resident Course (1994)

U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Military Educator (Physics Department) (1991)

Distinguished Graduate and Outstanding Cadet in Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1981)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Space Situational Awareness

Electromagnetics

Quantum Physics

Publications

Published Papers/Book Chapters:

“Orbital Strategies to Mitigate the Solar Exclusion Effect on Space-Based Observation of the Geosynchronous Belt,” David A. Vallado, Mark R. Ackermann, Paul J. Cefola, and Rex R. Kiziah, 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/American Astronautical Society (AAS) Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 13-16 September 2016, Long Beach, CA; https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/book/10.2514/MAST16.

“A Systematic Examination of Ground-Based And Space-Based Approaches to Optical Detection and Tracking of Satellites,” Mark. R. Ackermann, Colonel Rex R. Kiziah, Peter C. Zimmer, John T. McGraw, and David D. Cox, 31st Space Symposium, Technical Track, 13-14 April 2015.

“Air Force Academy Department of Physics Space Technologies Development and Research,” Rex R. Kiziah, Francis K. Chun, Michael E. Dearborn, Matthew G. McHarg, 30th Space Symposium, Technical Track, 19-22 May 2014.

“Exploration of Wide-Field Optical System Technologies for Sky Survey and Space Surveillance,” Mark R. Ackermann, Rex R. Kiziah, J. Douglas Beason, Peter C. Zimmer, John T. McGraw, 30th Space Symposium, Technical Track, 19-22 May 2014.

“Alternatives for Ground-Based, Large-Aperture Optical Space Surveillance Systems,” Mark R. Ackermann, Rex R. Kiziah, Peter C. Zimmer, J. Douglas Beason, Earl J. Spillar, David D. Cox, John T. McGraw, W. Thomas Vestrand, and Mark Weeks, 2013 Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference Proceedings, 10-13 September 2013.

“The Department of Physics: Facing Challenges and Overcoming Them,” Col Rex R. Kiziah, The USAFA Educator, Vol. 19 Issue 2, 15-16, Fall 2010.

“Explaining Electromagnetic Plane Waves in a Vacuum at the Introductory Level,” Clark L. Allred, Devin J. Della-Rose, Brian M. Flusche, Rex R. Kiziah, and David J. Lee, The Physics Teacher, Vol. 48, 173-175, March 2010.

“Reflection on the USAFA Course Design Retreat,” Col Rex Kiziah, The USAFA Educator, Vol. 17 Issue 2, 5, Fall 2008.

“United States Air Force Academy Physics Department and Space Activities,” Col Rex R. Kiziah, Lt Col Michael E. Dearborn, Dr. Delores Knipp, Dr. Geoff Andersen, Lt Col David J. Lee, Maj Brian K. Bailey, Lt Col Charles J. Wetterer, and Dr. M. Geoff McHarg, High Frontier: The Journal for Space and Missile Professionals, Vol. 4 No. 1, 35-38, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, Winter 2007.

“Learning Space by Doing Space: Education, Training, & Professional Development Innovations at the United States Air Force Academy,” Col Martin E.B. France, Col Rex R. Kiziah, Dr. Dorri M. Karolick, Lt Col Steven A. Pomeroy, Maj Deron R. Jackson High Frontier: The Journal for Space and Missile Professionals, Vol. 3 No. 3, 38-41, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, May 2007.

“Pulling the Pieces Together at the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate,” Peter M. Wegner and Colonel Rex R. Kiziah, Proceedings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 4th Responsive Space Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 24-27 April 2006.

“Technologies Necessary to Make Warfighting Space a Reality,” Colonel Rex R. Kiziah, High Frontier: The Journal for Space and Missile Professionals, Vol. 1 No. 4, 25-28, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, Winter 2005.

“The Emerging Biocruise Threat,” Lieutenant Col Rex R. Kiziah, Today’s Best Military Writing: The Finest Articles on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Military, ed. Walter J. Boyne (New York, NY: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2004).

“Assessment of the Emerging Biocruise Threat,” Rex R. Kiziah, Chapter 8, The Gathering Biological Warfare Storm, ed. Jim A. Davis and Barry R. Schneider (Wesport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2004).

“The Emerging Biocruise Threat,” Col Rex R. Kiziah, USAF, Air & Space Power Journal, Airpower Research Institute, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Spring 2003 and Air & Space Power Journal Español, Segundo Trimestre 2003.

“Assessment of the Emerging Biocruise Threat,” Rex R. Kiziah, Counterproliferation Papers, Future Warfare Series, No. 6, USAF Counterproliferation Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, August 2000.

“US-Led Cooperative Theater Missile Defense in Northeast Asia: Challenges and Issues,” Rex R. Kiziah, Maxwell Paper No. 21, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, July 2000.

“Air Force and NASA Activities to Address the Threat of Asteroid/Comet-Earth Impacts,” Rex R. Kiziah, Aerospace Power Chronicles Contributor’s Corner, May 2000, available online at http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/kiziah.html.

“Theater Missile Defense in Northeast Asia,” Rex R. Kiziah and Lawrence E. Grinter, AWC Strategic Commentary, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, March 2000.

SPACECAST 2020, Vol I – IV, contributing author of six Concept and White Papers, June 1994, available online at http://www.au.af.mil/Spacecast/Spacecast.html.

“Experimental Response Functions Spanning the Gamma-ray Energy Range of 123.6 keV to 11.67 MeV and Response Matrix Generation for Bismuth Germanate Scintillation Detectors,” R. R. Kiziah and J. R. Lowell, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Nuclear Accelerators, Instrumentation and Techniques with Related Research in Physics, A305, 129-142, 1991.

“Mass Dependence of Pion Double Charge Exchange,” R. Gilman, H. T. Fortune, J. D. Zumbro, C. M. Laymon, G. R. Burleson, J. A. Faucett, W. B. Cottingame, C. L. Morris, P. A. Seidl, C. F. Moore, L. C. Bland, R. R. Kiziah, S. Mordechai, and K. S. Dhuga, Physical Review C, 35, 1334-1340, April 1987.

“A Range-Nuclear-Interaction Absorber for Rejecting Muons at Epics,” C. L. Morris, J. F. Amann, R. L. Boudrie, N. Tanaka, S. J. Seestrom-Morris, L. C. Bland, P. A. Seidl, R. Kiziah, and S. J. Greene, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, A238, 94-97, 1985.

“M4 Transitions Observed in Pion Inelastic Scattering on 15N,” S. J. Seestrom-Morris, D. Dehnhard, C. L. Morris, L. C. Bland, R. Gilman, H. T. Fortune, D. J. Millener, D. P. Saunders, P. A. Seidl, R. R. Kiziah, and C. F. Moore, Physical Review C, 31, 923-933, March 1985.

“Pion Inelastic Scattering to the Low-lying Excited States of 6Li,” R. R. Kiziah, M. D. Brown, C. J. Harvey, D. S. Oakley, D. P. Saunders, P. A. Seidl, C. F. Moore, W. B. Cottingame, R. W. Garnett, S. J. Greene, G. A. Luna, G. R. Burleson, and D. B. Holtkamp, Physical Review C, 30, 1643-1652, November 1984.

“Forward-Peaked Angular Distributions Observed in (pi,pi') on Light Nuclei,” L. C. Bland, R. Gilman, G. S. Stephans, G. P. Gilfoyle, H. T. Fortune, C. L. Morris, S. J. Seestrom-Morris, S. J. Greene, P. A. Seidl, R. R. Kiziah, and C. F. Moore, Physics Letters, 144B, 328-332, 6 September 1984.

“14Be Via Pion Double Charge Exchange,” R. Gilman, H. T. Fortune, L. C. Bland, R. R. Kiziah, C. F. Moore, P. A. Seidl, C. L. Morris, and W. B. Cottingame, Physical Review C, 30, 958-961, September 1984.

“Nonanalog (pi-,pi+) Double Charge Exchange on 18O,” R. Gilman, H. T. Fortune, L. C. Bland, R. R. Kiziah, C. F. Moore, P. A. Seidl, C. L. Morris, and W. B. Cottingame, Physical Review C, 30, 962-964, September 1984.

“Pion Double Charge Exchange on T = 1 Nuclei,” P. A. Seidl, M. D. Brown, R. R. Kiziah, C. F. Moore, H. Baer, C. L. Morris, G. R. Burleson, W. B. Cottingame, S. J. Greene, L. C. Bland, R. Gilman, and H. T. Fortune, Physical Review C, 30, 973-979, September 1984.

“13C(pi+,pi-)13O Near the Delta33 Resonance,” P. A. Seidl, M. D. Brown, R. R. Kiziah, C. F. Moore, H. Baer, C. L. Morris, G. R. Burleson, W. B. Cottingame, S. J. Greene, L. C. Bland, R. Gilman, and H. T. Fortune, Physical Review C, 30, 1076-1079, September 1984.

“Energy Dependence of Angular Distributions in the Nonanalog Pion Double-Charge-Exchange Reaction 16O(pi+,pi-)16Ne(g.s.),” R. Gilman, H. T. Fortune, K. S. Dhuga, P. H. Kutt, L. C. Bland, R. R. Kiziah, C. F. Moore, P. A. Seidl, C. L. Morris, and W. B. Cottingame, Physical Review C, 29, 2395-2398, June 1984.

“Pion Elastic and Inelastic Scattering from 152Sm,” C. L. Morris, S. J. Seestrom-Morris, P. A. Seidl, R. R. Kiziah, and S. J. Greene, Physical Review C, 28, 2165-2167, November 1983.

“Observation of Analog and Nonanalog Transitions in the Reaction 56Fe(pi+,pi-)56Ni,” P. A. Seidl, M. D. Brown, R. R. Kiziah, C. F. Moore, H. Baer, C. L. Morris, G. R. Burleson, W. B. Cottingame, S. J. Greene, L. C. Bland, R. Gilman, and H. T. Fortune, Physical Review Letters, 50, 1106-1109, 11 April 1983.

Technical Reports:

“Experimental Response Functions and Response Matrices for 2.54-cm x 2.54-cm and 7.62-cm x 7.62-cm Bismuth Germanate Scintillation Detectors,” R. R. Kiziah and J. R. Lowell, United States Air Force Academy Technical Report USAFA-TR-90-11, November 1990.

“Response Functions of a BC501 Scintillation Detector for Neutrons up to 41 MeV,” R. R. Kiziah and M. P. Snell, Air Force Weapons Laboratory Technical Report AFWL-TR-88-83, April 1989.

“Neutron and Gamma-ray Spectra from Thick Targets Bombarded by 200-MeV Protons (Unclassified),” R. R. Kiziah, A. P. Dombrausky, D. S. Ek, S. W. R. Warren, and J. H. Degnan, Air Force Weapons Laboratory Technical Report AFWL-TR-87-110, October 1988. (Secret/RD/CNWDI)

“Bremsstrahlung Yields in the Backward Hemisphere from the Bombardment of Various Thicknesses of Elemental Targets by High Energy Electrons,” M. P. Snell, R. R. Kiziah, C. J. MacCallum, M. C. Clauser, and L. Lorence, Air Force Weapons Laboratory Technical Report AFWL-TR-87-130, August 1988.

“Energy and Angular Distributions of Secondary Neutrons from Targets Bombarded by 50-MeV Protons,” R. R. Kiziah, D. S. Ek, J. B. Martin, M. P. Snell, W. G. Wilson, Air Force Weapons Laboratory Technical Report AFWL-TR-87-63, April 1988.

“Delphi Target Identification Experiments and Analyses (Unclassified),” R. R. Kiziah, M. P. Snell, P. W. C. Duggan, R. J. Lipinski, L. J. Lorence, W. Beezhold, S. Falvey, and A. J. Smith, Sandia National Laboratories Report SAND86-0212-RS1271/85/73. (Secret)

“Pion Inelastic Scattering to the First Three Excited States of Lithium-6,” R. R. Kiziah, Los Alamos National Laboratory Thesis Report LA-10257-T, Thesis, October 1984.

“Floating-Wire Measurements of the Magnet Used for Large-Angle Pion-Nucleus Scattering at EPICS,” W. B. Cottingame, G. R. Burleson, M. Brown, R. Kiziah, D. Oakley, C. Milner, P. Seidl, and N. Tanaka, Los Alamos National Laboratory Report LA-10201-MS, August 1984.

Thesis:

“Pion Inelastic Scattering to the First Three Excited States of Lithium-6,” R. R. Kiziah, PhD Thesis, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 1984.