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Bradley Buxton M.S.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Bradley Buxton recently retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel after 25-years of active duty serving as a Research and Development Aeronautical Engineer. Brad was born in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Butte County High School in 1984. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ as an Air Force ROTC scholarship student and graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering to earn his commission in 1989 and entered active duty. Brad also earned his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Instituted of Technology and his M.S. in Management from Troy State University in Europe. He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officers School. Brad’s 25 years of engineering practice in the Air Force covered the product life-cycle including basic research to fill technology gaps, designs to meet warfighting requirements, test and evaluation, sustainment during operations, and disposal. Application included nuclear weapon systems such as Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, bombers (B2 & B52), U.S./NATO fighters (F15E & F16), and nuclear weapon handling and storage equipment; airframe technology including personal research in aeroelasticity for flutter prediction; missile defense; and space systems. As a commander he was responsible for the operation of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and engineering support for nuclear weapon systems where he also served as the Chief Engineer for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. During his last assignment Brad served as the Chief Engineer for Space Superiority protecting warfighting capabilities in space such as GPS, missile warning, and military satellite communications. He served as a staff officer at the Pentagon and Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Europe. Brad had the privilege of mentoring many young engineering officers during his Air Force career and is excited to work with the engineering students at Oklahoma Christian as a member of the mechanical engineering faculty. Brad is married to the former Ann Louise Crowley and they have six children. Ann is a credentialed educator and has homeschooled their children these past 20 years during their many military moves. Their oldest children are both students at OC.