Air Force Institute of Technology

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Air Force Institute of Technology
Air Force Institute of Technology.png
Type Graduate school
Established 1919
Chancellor Dr. Todd I. Stewart
Provost Dr. Sivaguru. S. Sritharan
Location Wright-Patterson AFB,
Dayton
, Ohio, U.S.
Website afit.edu
AFIT is located in the US
AFIT
AFIT
Location in the United States

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is a graduate school and provider of professional and continuing education for the United States Armed Forces and is part of the United States Air Force. It is located in Ohio at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton. AFIT is a component of the Air University and Air Education and Training Command.

Overview

Founded in 1919 and degree-granting since 1954, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. AFIT is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Dayton, Ohio. Dayton' heritage and industrial base in aeronautics and aviation, coupled with the close proximity to Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) provide a scientific and engineering research and educational experience focused on producing future leaders of the Air Force. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, its primary purpose is to provide specialized education to select officer and enlisted U.S. military personnel and civilian employees. The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is the undergraduate counterpart of AFIT for the Air Force.

On 8 May 2012, AFIT formally welcomed its first civilian director and chancellor during an appointment of leadership ceremony. Dr. Todd Stewart served for 34 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2002 at the rank of major general. On 28 January 2015, AFIT welcomed its first Provost and Vice Chancellor Dr. Sivaguru S. Sritharan[1] former Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Academics

AFIT's four schools include:

  • The Graduate School of Engineering and Management offers graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in engineering, applied science, and management disciplines. The Graduate School has six departments:
    • Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Engineering Physics
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Operational Sciences
    • Systems Engineering and Management
  • The School of Systems and Logistics teaches more than 80 professional continuing education courses in acquisition management, logistics management, contracting, systems management, software engineering, and financial management delivered to warfighters around the globe via customer focused delivery modes including resident, on-site, and online courses.[2]
  • The Civil Engineer School develops and delivers civil engineer and environmental professional continuing education and provides consultation in support of U.S. air and space forces.[3]
  • School of Strategic Force Studies provides undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education and research to worldwide students at the Air Force's Nuclear College, Kirtland Air Force Base National Security Space Institute, Peterson Air Force Base and via part-time enrollments at civilian universities (including Harvard, Stanford, King's College London, AFIT, Naval Postgraduate School, and others). It manages manage overall execution of space and nuclear continuing education develop, coordinate, maintain, update and teach curriculum coordinate scheduling of courses and distinguished guest instructors.

AFIT has seven research centers funded by a number of federal agencies with interdisciplinary scope and international footprint representing a number of game changing scientific areas for the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense:

    • Autonomy & Navigation Technology Center (ANT)
    • Center for Directed Energy (CDE)
    • Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR) and the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence (CyTCoE)
    • Center for Operational Analysis (COA)
    • Center for Space Research & Assurance (CSRA)
    • Center for Technical Intelligence Studies & Research (CTISR)
    • Scientific Test & Analysis Techniques in Test & Evaluation (STAT T&E)

Graduate School of Engineering and Management

AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management is a graduate-only, research–based institution and the sole degree-granting element of AFIT. The Graduate School focuses on studies and research that are relevant to the Air Force mission as well as the needs of the defense establishment as a whole. AFIT's Aeronautics & Astronautics Department has graduated nine U. S. astronauts including Guy Bluford (Ph.D. 1978), first African-American astronaut.[4]

Students

An AFIT graduation ceremony

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) enrolls over 700 full-time graduate students. The student body consists primarily of Air Force officers, but is rounded out by members of the other four U.S. Armed Services, select enlisted Airmen,[5] international students from coalition countries, U.S. Government civilians, and civilians (U.S. citizens) not affiliated with the Government. Selection of officers for graduate education is fully funded by their service and is based upon outstanding professional performance as an officer, promotion potential, and a strong academic background. Admission of non-Government affiliated civilians is based on academic preparation and requires U.S. citizenship. A substantial number of AFIT graduates are assigned to AFRL and NASIC upon graduation from AFIT. Many of the AFIT student thesis projects are influenced directly or indirectly by AFRL, NASIC, NRO and other Air Force and defense agencies.

Faculty

The faculty body consists of approximately a 50–50 mix of military and civilian members all of whom hold a Ph.D. in their fields.[peacock term] The faculty to student ratio is typically 1 to 6 in the master's degree programs.

Accreditation

AFIT is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 to offer degrees to the doctorate level. Eight engineering programs in the Graduate School of Engineering and Management are accredited at the advanced level by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Academic calendar

The Institute operates year-round on a quarter calendar which includes the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. The quarters are 10 weeks in length plus a week for examinations. Typically, the Fall term begins in late September and ends in mid-December; the Winter term begins in early January and ends in mid-March; the Spring term begins in late March and ends in mid-June; and the Summer term begins in late June and ends in early-September.

Cost

The educational expenses for full-time military students assigned to AFIT are paid by their respective uniformed service. For tuition-paying students, the approximate cost is $3,900 per quarter for full-time enrollment (based on 12 quarter hours and a tuition rate of $325 per quarter hour). The tuition for distance learning students is $360 per hour. AFIT is tuition free for civilian employees of the Department of Defense.

Civilian Institution Programs

Through its Civilian Institution Programs, AFIT also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals, and industrial organizations. Since resident degrees were first granted in 1955, more than 18,760 graduate and 795 doctor of philosophy degrees have been awarded. Air Force students attending civilian institutions have earned more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the past twenty years.

Notable AFIT alumni

Current military leaders

  • Lieutenant General Joseph P. DiSalvo, USA
  • Lieutenant General John E. Wissler, USMC
  • Major General William T. “Bill” Cooley, USAF
  • Major General Dwyer L. Dennis, USAF
  • Major General Scott W. Jansson, USAF
  • Major General (S) John M. Pletcher, USAF
  • Brigadier General Roy-Alan C. Agustin, USAF
  • Brigadier General Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., USAF
  • Brigadier General Eric T. Fick, USAF
  • Brigadier General Gregory M. Gutterman, USAF
  • Brigadier General David W. Hicks, USAF
  • Brigadier General Linda S. Hurry, USAF
  • Brigadier General Carl E. Schaefer, USAF
  • Brigadier General Donna D. Shipton, USAF
  • Brigadier General Brad M. Sullivan, USAF

NASA astronauts

Current civilian senior leaders

  • Eileen A. Bjorkman[50]
  • Dr. L. Wayne Brasure[51]
  • Kevin W. Buckley[52]
  • Bruce A. Busler[53]
  • Charles G. "Chuck" Carpenter[54]
  • Mark A. Correll[55]
  • Dr. Daniel DeForest[56]
  • Dr. Mark A. Gallagher[57]
  • James F. Geurts[58]
  • Mr. Michael M. "Mike" Hale[59]
  • Dr. Kelly D. Hammett[60]
  • Robert Scott Jack II[61]
  • Dr. Brian A. Maher[62]
  • Dr. Charles L. Matson[63]
  • Richard W. McKinney[64]
  • David C. Merker[65]
  • Dr. Billy W. Mullins[66]
  • Dr. David F. O'Brien[67]
  • Gary A. O'Connell[68]
  • Charles N. "Pete" Peterson[69]
  • Dr. Steven K. Rogers[70]
  • Dr. David E. Walker[71]
  • Joseph D. "Dean" Yount[72]

Former names

  • Air School of Application 1919 – 1920
  • Air Service Engineering School 1920 – 1926
  • Air Corps Engineering School 1926 – 1941
  • Army Air Forces Engineering School 1944 – 1945
  • Army Air Forces Institute of Technology 1945 – 1947
  • Air Force Institute of Technology 1947 – 1948
  • United States Air Force Institute of Technology 1948 – 1955
  • Institute of Technology, USAF 1955 – 1956
  • Air Force Institute of Technology 1956 – 1959
  • Institute of Technology 1959 – 1962
  • Air Force Institute of Technology 1962 – present

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