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. Bushey has 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
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.