Dr. Dean Bushey is a recently retired Air Force colonel with 25 years of military, academic and industry experience. He has worked as a computer scientist, educator, pilot, and unmanned systems expert in the civilian sector and in the military. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including as assistant professor of computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Bushey holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Clemson University (2007), with research and special interests in advanced technologies – unmanned systems, systems engineering and applied software engineering. He has demonstrated experience in advanced computer concepts, instructional methodologies, systems engineering and integration, and technical analysis. He has a master’s degree in computer science from Clemson (1996), and his thesis was on “Discrete Event Simulation of the National Airspace System Using Java Threads.” His bachelor’s degree is in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1988).

He has received the following training and professional development:

  • Executive Leadership Training, Air War College, 2007
  • Senior Leadership Training, Air Command and Staff College, 2000
  • Management and Leadership School, Squadron Officers School, 1995

Dr. Bushey has developed several capstone courses related to systems engineering and unmanned systems automation. He spearheaded the first-ever military academy for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training and education program, which dramatically increased knowledge and acceptance of capabilities and operations. He has served as an instructor pilot in six different aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, including advanced unmanned combat aircraft. He is a pilot and instructor-qualified on the following aircraft: Lockheed C5 Galaxy, Beech C-12 Super King Air, C-20 Gulfstream, MQ-1 Predator, DA-24 Diamond and T-3.

He has more than six years of undergraduate teaching experience at the Air Force Academy. Most recently, he was in charge of unmanned aircraft systems development, deployment and application for U.S. Air Forces Europe. He also recently served as a senior management consultant at a nuclear engineering firm in Virginia. In this capacity, he acted as coordinator in charge of innovations and advancement, budget analyst and management consultant to a $10 million company in the nuclear energy field. Dr. Bushey has helped to develop an automated safe shutdown analysis tool for determining critical success paths for safe shutdown, in the event of malfunction or fire at a commercial nuclear power plant. This web-based SQL database tool is a key component of safety validation for Nuclear Safety Commission regulations for plants in the U.S. and Japan. Dr. Bushey’s professional affiliations include the Association for Computing Machinery and the AUVSI – the Association of Unmanned Vehicles.