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DR. DAVID P. WIDAUF (Utah State University)
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - College of Engineering

Dr. Widauf is the Division Head over two aviation programs; Professional Pilot and Maintenance Management programs. In that capacity, he developed curricula for aviation classes, and monitors the flight training part of the program at Cache-Logan Airport. Widauf also conducted research activities in the area of composite materials and aviation science.

Widauf coordinates the aviation maintenance program and activities for the four-year B.S. program in aviation maintenance. While teaching classes in aeronautics (and others as assigned), he also conducts research activities in the area of composite materials and aviation science. Widauf managed the engineering program over the structural upgrade of a fleet of U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft. He gave technical support for Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) projects from design of composite structures through flight test. He served as flight test director for RC-135 E-Systems and was responsible for the structural, mechanical, and electronic design on a fleet of RC-135 aircraft.

Previously, Widauf worked in production mill maintenance and engineering modification at Johnson & Johnson. He was responsible for all budgeting activities for a $900,000 maintenance budget. As the maintenance manager, he had responsibilities for the machine shop, engineering technicians, centralized parts storerooms and material handling equipment maintenance. He successfully laid the groundwork for a Johnson & Johnson national computerized parts control system. As a flight crew member he was in charge of worldwide contingency plans and worldwide missions for C-141 aircraft.

As the Branch Chief, Widauf was responsible for performing engineering studies for the Civil Engineering Squadron commander. He flew worldwide missions for the Department of Defense and served as the Director of the Technical and Industrial Support Directorate. The Directorate has 1,600 personnel, civilian and military, and $115M budget. Widauf worked as an Aeronautical Engineer on Aircraft Battle Damage for the 419 Combat Logistics Squadron and designed sheet metal and composite repairs for damaged F-16 aircraft.

EDUCATION (Civilian)

Ph.D. Doctorate Industrial Technology, Texas A&M, Dissertation subject area: Aerospace Advanced Composite Structures, 1989
M.A. Educational Administration, Pepperdine University, 1976
B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Industrial Technology, California Polytechnic State University, 1971
A.S. Mid-Management, Grayson County College, 1982

EDUCATION (Military)

Graduate of Air War College by Seminar, 1998
Graduate of Air Command and Staff College (JOINT) by Seminar, 1991
Graduate of AFIT, Civil and Industrial Engineering Courses, 1975
Received Wings from Air Force Navigator Training School, Mather AFB, 1972
Graduate of Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, TX, 1971


1992 – present Associate Professor – Tenured, Utah State University
1990 – 1992 Assistant Professor - On tenure track, Utah State University
1986 – 1990 Instructor - On tenure track, Utah State University


1984 – 1986 Technical Engineering Program Manager, E-Systems Inc.
1982 – 1984 Project Engineer, E-Systems Inc.
1981 – 1982 Materials and Process Engineer, E-Systems Inc.
1980 – 1981 Senior Staff Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
1979 – 1980 Mill Engineering Maintenance Manager, Johnson & Johnson
1977 – 1979 Captain/Chief of Plans and Squadron Aircrew Member, U.S. Air Force Norton AFB
1975 – 1977 Lieutenant/Base Industrial Engineer, Chief of the Industrial Engineering Branch U.S. Air Force Andersen AFB
1972 – 1975 Lieutenant/C-141 Aircrew, U.S. Air Force, McGuire AFB


1998 – 2001 Colonel/Senior Reservist to the Director of Engineering, U.S. Air Force, Hill AFB
1996 – 1997 Lt. Colonel/419th Fighter Wing, Logistics Group Commander, U.S. Air Force, Hill AFB
1992 – 1995 Lt. Colonel/419th Fighter Wing, Deputy Logistics Group Commander, U.S. Air Force, Hill AFB


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