August 2, 2013 | Filed under: Military,Photo,Print | Tags:Air Force Academy, Andy Armacost, Colorado Springs, dean of faculty, Duncan Stewart, FalconWorks
has no fear of the obstacles in his
new post as AFA dean of faculty.
sees the world as a giant math word problem.
The new dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Armacost focuses on operations research, using math to solve organizational problems.
"Effectively, it's trying to solve the world's largest word problem," he
It's an approach he
put to good use as head of the AFA management department, and while forging deep roots in the Colorado Springs business community.
hopes to use his
new position to further strengthen the service academy's role in business development and tech transfer.
As dean, Armacost will inherit his share of challenges: tighter budgets, immediate faculty furloughs and a new superintendent, Lt.
Gen. Michelle Johnson, with her
own goals and demands.
plans to continue encouraging cadets to get more involved in the community through internships and research programs, as well as transferring technology from the research lab to the private sector.
has been personally involved in that effort himself, as a professor in the business department.
"I was one of three professors who created FalconWorks, a nonprofit that takes ideas from the Academy and transfers them into products for the developmentally disabled," he
said."We've had one major success - PointScribe
- and we'll have others, I'm sure."
is one project that Armacost
helped develop beyond the research labs.
"We have 17 or 18 in a class," Armacost
"We'll be bumping that up to 20 or 21."
Those are things he
has to do as dean.
job is really about helping create the next generation of Air Force leaders.
"We are 100 percent focused on getting them ready for service," he
has a good start already, thanks to groundwork set by his
Gen. Dana Born.
"The strategic direction of the institution is solid," he
"Gen. Born laid out a fantastic foundation for the school.
At the end of the day, these cadets will have a great start because of what she
will have his own seal on the job, says Stewart.