Colonel Paul Cotellesso Dean - The Civil Engineer School

Colonel Paul Cotellesso

Colonel Paul Cotellesso is the Dean, The Civil Engineer School, AFIT, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.

He was commissioned as an officer in 1991, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In 1996, he completed a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from West Coast University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2009.

He graduated from Squadron Officer School in 1997, completed Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

Colonel Cotellesso began his civil engineering career at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where he served as a project manager, Readiness Flight, Commander, and SABER Chief. In 1994, he was deployed as the Officer-in-Charge of a 65 person Prime BEEF team to Operation Provide COMFORT, Incirlik Air Base Turkey. In 1995, he was transferred to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska where he served as Chief, Environmental Contracts and Chief, Maintenance Engineer. In 1996, he deployed to Suwon Air Base, South Korea as the Officer-in-Charge of an advanced team planning a major theater bed down exercise.

In 1999, Colonel Cotellesso was assigned to Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Directorate of the Command Civil Engineer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio where he worked in the Readiness Branch as the Civil Engineer Vehicle Manager and the Housing Branch as Dormitory Program Manager. In 2001, he was deployed as the Base Civil Engineer, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Upon his return, he moved to the Operations Division at the Command as the Chief, Business Management Office and joined the Air Force Institute of Technology faculty in September of 2002. In 2004, he served at Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea as the Operations, Flight Commander. In 2005, he started his PhD program at The Ohio State University and upon graduation in 2009 served as Director, Department of Engineering Management, The Civil Engineer School until taking his current position. From 2010 to 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan as the Officer-in-Charge of the Air Force Civil Engineer and the Environment $2.1 billion dollar design and construction program.

EDUCATION

  • 1991 Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts
  • 1996 Master of Science degree in Environmental Management, West Coast University, California
  • 2009 Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, Ohio

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION

  • 1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • 2004 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
  • 2009 Air War College, Correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. 2012-Present: Dean, The Civil Engineer School, AFIT
  2. 2011-2012: Director, Dept of Engineering Management, AFIT, The Civil Engineer School
  3. 2010-2011: AFCEE-Afghanistan Officer-in-Charge, Kabul, Afghanistan
  4. 2008-2010: Director, Dept of Engineering Management, AFIT, The Civil Engineer School
  5. 2005-2008: Air Force Civil Engineer Doctoral Fellowship, The Ohio State University, OH
  6. 2004-2005: Operations Flight Chief, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea
  7. 2002-2004: Course Director, AFIT, The Civil Engineer School
  8. 2000-2002: Housing Program Manager, Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB, OH
  9. 1999-2000: Ops and Readiness Program Manager, Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB, OH
  10. 1996-1999: Chief, Maintenance Engineering, Eielson AFB, AK
  11. 1995-1996: Chief, Environmental Contracts, Eielson AFB, AK
  12. 1993-1995: Chief, Readiness Flight, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  13. 1991-1993: Civil Engineer, Vandenberg AFB, CA

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak leaf clusters
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak leaf cluster
  • AF Outstanding Unit Award
  • AF Organizational Excellence Award
  • National Defense Service Medal with one Oak leaf cluster
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with one Oak leaf cluster
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Oak leaf cluster
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with two Oak leaf clusters
  • NATO Medal

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Society of American Military Engineers

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

  • Second Lieutenant July 24, 1991
  • First Lieutenant July 24, 1993
  • Captain July 24, 1995
  • Major June 1, 2002
  • Lt Col May 1, 2007
  • Colonel Feb 1, 2013