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Christopher Mann

Christopher R Mann

Clinical Professor of Management

Office: N-420J Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall


 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

  • MGT 2010: Principles of Management (Spring 2018 - Present)
  • MGT 4900: Special Topics (Spring 2018)
  • BUS 1010: Business Foundations (Fall 2017)
  • BUS 2990: Creative Inquiry: Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership (Spring 2017 - Fall 2017)
  • AS 3090: US Air Force Leadership and Management (Fall 2014 - Spring 2017)
  • AS 2090: The Evolution of US Air and Space Power (Fall 2014 - Spring 2017)


Dr. Mann is a Clinical Professor with responsibilities for instructing courses in the Department of Management. He chairs two task forces for the College of Business: Business Engineering, and Accreditation & Assessment. He also serves as the Dean's Representative to two committees: the College of Business Assurance of Learning Committee, and the University Assessment Committee.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Mann was an active duty Air Force officer responsible to the Clemson University president and the Air Force ROTC Commander for recruiting, training and educating Air Force officer candidates. He was the senior military officer on campus with dual responsibilities as Detachment Commander and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies. He is a Senior Pilot with more than 2,800 flight hours (including more than 300 combat/combat-support flight hours) in five different aircraft. Upon his retirement from the Air Force in the summer of 2017, Col Mann had served more than 26 years on active duty and commanded organizations with as many as 2,000 military and civilian personnel.

After completing undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas, Colonel Mann was assigned to Robins AFB, Georgia, as a Boeing 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 one of only 50 officers selected nationwide 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 Air Mobility Command'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 also served as the AFIT Dean of Students and Senior Professor from 2011 to 2012. As the AFIT Dean of Students, Colonel Mann was responsible for more than 3,500 graduate students, a staff of 40, and a budget of more than $56 million. In 2012, he assumed duties as the Vice Wing Commander (and, later, interim Wing Commander) at Grand Forks AFB ND until arriving at Clemson University in 2014.

Research Interests

  • Dr. Mann's research interests include leadership theory and practice, wireless sensor networks, robust GPS, non-GPS precision navigation, remotely piloted aircraft, and autonomous systems.
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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
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