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Matthew Deutsch

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Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics  
United States Air Force Academy, April 2016 to Present, Colorado Springs, Colorado United States
The academy has one of the highest-ranked technical programs of all undergraduate universities in the country. I teach statics, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. I am also involved in detonation wave research and the capstone design program.

Test Engineer  
United States Air Force, December 2011 to August 2014, Fort Walton Beach, Florida United States
(Defense Engineering)
I facilitated munitions testing. I coordinated resources, designed and executed tests, and reported results to my customers.

Manufacturing Engineer  
Zero Zone, August 2011 to November 2011, Ramsey, Minnesota United States
(Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning)
I established a tool management and accountability program to improve productivity and response time when tools go missing or are no longer serviceable. I established a value stream map for the manufacturing process. I executed 5S projects across the entire factory. I worked with members of the company from the bottom up and with suppliers to identify areas in which lean principles could improve productivity.

Manufacturing Engineer Intern  
Zero Zone, May 2011 to August 2011, Ramsey, Minnesota United States
(Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning)
I work under the manufacturing engineer to help implement changes on the manufacturing floor. Our goal is to improve efficiency by utilizing 5S methodology.


Air Force Institute of Technology  
Master Of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Aug, 2014 to Apr, 2016
Inducted into Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honors Society

University of St. Thomas  
Bachelor Of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Aug, 2006 to May, 2011
Magna Cum Laude Acquinas Honors Scholar Society of American Military Engineers ROTC Award of Merit (2x) ROTC Distinguished Graduate


Ugandan Micro Power Project  by  Brian Osende; Dr. John Abraham; Dr. Greg Mowry    
January, 2011 - February, 2011
I joined a team of engineering students from the University of Saint Thomas, St Paul, MN on a three-week project in Kitembe, Uganda. We built a small solar power plant and wired every house in the village with lights. The grid was designed to provide up to six hours of electric light to every house in the village every day. You can read more about the project in the linked article.

Gas Temperature Measurement using FTIR Spectroscopy in Small Internal Combustion Engines  by  Matthew Deutsch, Joseph Ausserer, Paul Litke, Marc Polanka    
January, 2015 - April, 2016
A small, two-stroke, Otto cycle internal combustion engine (ICE) was modified to create "pitch-and-catch" optical access through the combustion chamber. A Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) was used to measure the cycle-averaged, crank-angle resolved temperature profile for the engine operating at several conditions. This project pushed the boundaries of how FTIR are used and aided in a larger effort to map the performance of small ICE, validate or update heat loss models, and make recommendations to improve fuel efficiency.

Detonation Wave Characterization  by  MItchell Hageman, Matthew J. Deutsch    
June, 2016 - June, 2019
I facilitated the development of a new test bench at the Aeronautics Research Center at the United States Air Force Academy to study detonation waves in a pulsed detonation engine and support the continuing effort to characterize the combustion that occurs in detonation waves.

Morphing Missile Project  by  Matthew P. Snyder, Matthew J. Deutsch    
August, 2018 - June, 2019
The ability to articulate the nose cone of a missile could solve problems associated with missile operation and provide new strategic advantages. Col Snyder and I lead a team of cadets in their development of a mechanism to do just that.


  • Engineer-In-Training
    The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience & Interior Design (152608)
    May 2017


Sensor-fuzed Weapon (SFW) Production Verification Test (PVT)     
Published by (Defense Technical Information Center)
Authors: Matthew J. Deutsch.  Published July 01, 2013

This technical report provides product verification test results for the CBU-105D/B Sensor-Fuzed Weapon (SFW). The details of this report, while unclassified, are export controlled and may not be accessible without an appropriate form of identification.

Gas Temperature Measurement using FTIR Spectroscopy in Small Internal Combustion Engines     
Published by (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
Authors: Matthew J. Deutsch, Joseph Ausserer, Marc D. Polanka, Paul J. Litke, et al..  Published January 06, 2016

This paper outlines the preliminary findings of a study in which Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy was used to determine transient gas properties in a small internal combustion engine.

Spectroscopic Measurement of Gas Temperature in Small Internal Combustion Engines     
Published by (Air Force Institute of Technology)
Authors: Matthew J. Deutsch.  Published March 24, 2016

The Small Engine Research Bench (SERB) was used previously to measure spatially and temporally averaged heat flux, as well as local, instantaneous heat flux at several external locations, for a series of small engines (1 - 10 kW). This investigation obtained time averaged crank angle resolved measurements of the in-cylinder gas temperature using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption thermometry. The results, coupled with heat flux measurements, will enable the validation or refinement of existing thermal energy loss models.

Published by (American Society of Engineering Educators)
Authors: Matthew J. Deutsch, Kevin P. Horn, McKenzie D. Rosenthal.  Published September 23, 2017

All students at the United States Air Force Academy, regardless of major, are required to take a course called Fundamentals of Mechanics. The course includes an engineering design project (EDP). In the past, the final reports for the EDP have not been very well researched. The authors theorized that the current millennial students do not know when and how to use a library. In order to correct this problem, instructors collaborated with research librarians to give students a walk-through tour of the library and information literacy training. Students were also provided with more concrete guidance to focus their research and some supplemental readings to get started. The changes improved the quality and quantity of sources cited and ultimately led to thoughtful, well-researched final reports.