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Faculty and Staff Profile

Christopher Mann, Colonel, USAF

Commander, AFROTC Detachment 770
Professor and Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies

Office: 300 Tillman Hall
Phone: 864-656-3254

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
Air Force Institute of Technology 2007

M.A. Organizational Management
The George Washington University 1998

M.S. Electrical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology 1992

B.S. Electrical Engineering
US Air Force Academy 1991

 Courses Taught

AS2090 The Evolution of Air and Space Power
AS3090 Air Force Leadership and Management


Colonel Mann is responsible to the Clemson University president and the AFROTC Commandant for recruiting, training and educating Air Force officer candidates. He is the senior Air Force officer on campus with dual responsibilities as Detachment Commander and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies. He is a Senior Pilot with more than 2,800 flight hours in five different aircraft.

After completing undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas, Colonel Mann was assigned to Robins AFB, Georgia, as KC-135R Pilot where he flew numerous missions in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, DELIBERATE FORCE, PROVIDE COMFORT, and NORTHERN WATCH. In 1996, he was selected to attend the Air Force Intern Program at the Pentagon, Washington, DC, where he held positions on the Air Staff and the staff of the Secretary of Defense. In 1998, he was assigned to McConnell AFB, Kansas, where he flew missions in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE and served as a flight commander, executive officer, and KC-135R evaluator pilot. In 2001, he was selected for AMC’s Phoenix REACH program and was assigned to Charleston AFB as a C-17A instructor pilot and Chief, Wing Operations Plans, where he flew combat sorties in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2003, he was assigned to Scott AFB, Illinois, as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command. In 2004, he began Ph.D. studies at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, until his assignment to Charleston AFB as Director of Operations, 14th Airlift Squadron and, later, Commander, 16th Airlift Squadron. He was selected as an Air Force Technical Fellow to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010 and served as the AFIT Associate Dean of Students from 2011 – 2012. In 2012, he assumed duties as the Vice Wing Commander at Grand Forks AFB ND until his current assignment to Clemson University in 2014.

 Research Interests

Colonel Mann's research interests include wireless sensor networks, robust GPS, non-GPS precision navigation, remotely piloted aircraft, and autonomous systems.


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