Christopher Nelson, M.S.

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Christopher Nelson, M.S.

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Biographical Information

Christopher Nelson has 22 years' experience in the U.S. Air Force in Test and Evaluation, Project Engineering, and Project Management. Mr. Nelson is a U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School graduate, holds a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He taught five years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, served as Program Manager of a multi-service, high-bandwidth, network-enabled data link program, and as the Flight Test Lead for a major combined Air Force / National Security Agency Signals Intelligence Program.

Areas of Interest

  • Technology Development and Application
  • Strategic Planning and Assessment
  • Engineering Mathematics


  • Graduate, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics
    U.S. Air Force Academy      


  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Instructor of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy

Courses Taught

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus III
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Project Estimation & Risk Analysis
  • Systems Engineering Processes 
  • Engineering Modeling & Simulation 


  • Acquisition Professional Development Program Level III Certified in Test and Evaluation
  • Acquisition Professional Development Program Level I Certified in Program Management

Professional Experience

  • Director - Plans, Programs, Institutional Research & Assessment, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Deputy Department Head of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Chief Flight Test Engineer, 659th Aeronautical Systems Sq., Wright-Patterson AFB
  • Commander, Data Links Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB
  • Lead Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology Manager, Air Force Research Lab


  • Member, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)     


  • Instructor of the Year, 2009, U.S. Air Force Academy Math Department
  • New Instructor of the Semester, Fall 2007, U.S. Air Force Academy Math Department