Lt Col Amy M. Cox, Assistant Professor

Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering

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Lieutenant Colonel Cox entered the Air Force in August of 1997 as a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a graduate of AFROTC Detachment 665, Cincinnati, Ohio.  She started her career as a direct accession to the Air Force Institute of Technology, earning her Master’s degree in Space Operations and completing thesis research in space structure mode localization.  Next, she completed Under Graduate Space and Missile Training as well as initial weapon system qualification training at Vandenberg AFB, California.  Afterwards she served as a Missile Warning Operations Center Crew Commander, Chief of Operations Training and Chief of Operations Standardization and Evaluation at the 7th Space Warning Squadron at Beale AFB, California.  Following her operations assignment she served as a Flight Commander in Analysis and Test Support at Detachment 2 of the 17th Test Squadron; she spearheaded simulation upgrades and managed operational test efforts in support of Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and its associated worldwide Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment weapon system.  She then served as an exchange officer in France at L’École du Personnel Navigant d’Essais et de Réception, completing studies in rotary wing flight test.  Later, at Hurlburt Field, Florida, she served as the Rotary Wing Flight Commander and Technical Director at the 413th Flight Test Squadron; overseeing developmental test of Air Force Special Operations, Combat Search and Rescue and rotary wing aircraft.  Next, at Eglin AFB, she served as the Director of Operations at the 780th Test Squadron, supporting developmental test and evaluation of non-nuclear munitions.  Afterwards, she served as the Tactical Combat Systems Program Manager and the Director of Technology Transfer at the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Washington, DC.  Prior to her current assignment, she was a PhD student at the George Washington University as part of the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Civilian Institute Program.  She has logged more than 300 hours in the MH-53, CV-22, UH-1, and other military and civilian experimental aircraft.


Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering (2017); George Washington University, Washington, DC.
  • Associate of Arts, French Language (2005); Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, CA.
  • Master of Science in Space Operations (1999); Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1997); University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.


  • Ingénieur Navigant d'Essais (2006); École du Personnel Navigant d’Essais et de Réception, Istres, FR.


2015   Merrit A. Willamson Best Conference Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Management

2012   Outstanding Air Force Program Manager, ACAT III or Equivalent

2011   Excellence in Acquisition Leadership Award (Team)

2011   Agile Acquisition Transformation Leadership Award (Team)

2011   Joint Service Achievement Medal, Achievement

2008   Aerial Achievement Medal, Achievement


Peer-Reviewed Conferences

  1. Cox, A. and Szajnfarber, Z. (2017, March), System User Pathways to Change, 2017 (15th) Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Redondo Beach, CA, March 23-25, 2017.
  2. Cox, A. and Szajnfarber, Z. (2016, June), Post Production Change to Complex Systems, 2016 (5th) International Engineering Systems Symposium, The Council on Systems Engineering Research, Washington, DC, June 27-29, 2016.
  3. Cox, A. and Szajnfarber, Z. (2015, October), Case Study Research of User Design Methods, 2015 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, Indianapolis, IN, October, 2015.
  4. Cox, A. and Szajnfarber, Z. (2015, March), Complexity Evolution Across Dissimilar System Components, 2015 Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Hoboken, NJ, March 17-19, 2015.

Conferences/Presentations/ Reviewed Abstracts

  1. Cox, A. (2014, June), Designing for Evolution, Technology, Management and Policy Consortium, 2014 Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, June 23-25, 2014.
  2. Cox, A. and Szajnfarber, Z. (2014, June), A Case Study of Evolution Enabling System Characteristics, 2014 (4th) International Engineering Systems Symposium, The Council on Systems Engineering Research, Hoboken, NJ, June 8-11, 2014.
  3. Arrington, E., Cox, A., Brinker, A. and Osterman, B. (2009, September), Making UH-1N Hover Performance Charts Predict Better, 2009 (53rd) Annual Symposium for the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Anaheim, CA, September 23-26, 2009.
  4. Cox, A., & Agnes, G. (1999, March). A statistical analysis of space structure mode localization. In Proceedings of the 1999 AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference and Exhibit (Vol. 4, pp. 3123-3133).
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