Antonio Tony Corvo, Instructor

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Tony Corvo, PhD, is an Instructor for the Air Force Institute of Technology School of Systems and Logistics (AFIT/LS).  Dr. Corvo earned his PhD in Physics, with a specialization in lasers and nonlinear optics, from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 1987, and a MS and BS in Physics from Cleveland State University in 1978 and 1976 respectively.

Dr. Corvo entered the Air Force in 1978 and retired in 1998. During his Air Force career, he first served as a flight test engineer, where he accumulated 105 hours in the F-101 and F-106 aircraft. In 1981, he was a member of the team that successfully tested the first air-to-air firing of the Airborne Laser Laboratory over White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. In 1982, he was simultaneously selected for the USAF Test Pilot School and an AFIT PhD Civilian Institute scholarship; choosing the latter. After graduating in 1987, he worked in the Strategic Defense Initiative Program (a.k.a. Star Wars) in both DoD and DoE laboratories. His last Air Force assignment was with the AFMC Office of the Inspector General at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, as the command’s Science and Technology Program Inspection Team leader.

During his post-Air Force career, Dr. Corvo worked in both commercial and government programs, and as an adjunct physics instructor at several local colleges. In his last position before joining AFIT, he served as the Senior Program Manager for the C-130J Communications Modernization program. Dr. Corvo has extensive experience in program management, test and evaluation, and research and development across a wide array of disciplines.

Areas of Interest & Consulting

Dr. Corvo’s interests are science education and the mathematical modeling of complex systems.


1987 Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, University of New Mexico, New Mexico

1978 Master of Science, Physics, Cleveland State University, Ohio

1976 Bachelor of Science, Physics, Cleveland State University, Ohio

Academic Awards and Honors

Five-Year Adjunct Recognition Award, Sinclair Community College

Program Manager, APDP Level II

Test and Evaluation APDP Level II

Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering, APDP Level III

AFMC, Office of the Inspector General, Quarterly Award

Two year Education with Industry, Sandia National Laboratories

AFIT PhD scholarship

AFRL Spring 1988 Quarterly Technical Achievement Award

AFRL Fall 1987 Quarterly Technical Achievement Award

Air Force 1986 Research and Development Award; presented at the Pentagon

AFRL 1986 Technical Achievement Award

Several Air Force Meritorious, Commendation, and Achievement medals


Dr. Corvo has published or presented 29 technical articles and major reports in peer reviewed journals, trade magazines, technical conferences, and other venues.


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