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Michael Courtney is shown at left (center) receiving a research award from Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Maj. Gen. William McCasland, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, for his research involving cadets. Michael earned a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. For seven years he developed RF test systems for design validation and manufacturing quality assessment for Cisco Systems.  He then transitioned to teaching college physics and other quantitative courses. He currently serves on the faculty of the United States Air Force Academy where he directs the Quantitative Reasoning Center, teaches mathematics and studies ballistics and blast injury. Michael regularly reviews proposals for Congressionally Delegated Medical Research Programs and the Intramural War Supplemental Program for the USAMRMC. He has published papers in theoretical astrophysics, experimental atomic physics, chaos theory, quantum theory, acoustics, ballistics, traumatic brain injury, and education.

Michael Courtney, Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae


Amy Courtney earned a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics in a joint Harvard/MIT program. Her PhD research focused on testing and modeling the mechanical properties of tissues at high strain rates. Amy has taught anatomy and physiology as well as physics and served as a research scientist at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She served on the physics faculty of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and as a scientific consultant for Force Protection Industries, Inc. and continues to consult for other defense and medical research interests.  She has published papers in the fields of biomedical engineering, biomechanics, traumatic brain injury, ballistics, acoustics, and education.




Amy Courtney, Ph.D., Curriculum Vitae