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PRINCIPALDr. Carl Pettiford

A pioneering researcher, educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Carl Pettiford is principal at LaunchFX and Founder and CEO of Iolani Research Lab LLC.

From his early years growing up in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Dr. Pettiford knew he wanted to be an engineer.  That focus and dedication led him to join the ROTC where he received the award of Air Force Cadet of the Year.  Upon graduation with Magna Cum Laude honors from high school, he started his engineering education at the University of Hawaii.

His career in the United States Air Force grew as he matriculated with a Bsc. in Electrical Engineering then a MS in Electrical Engineering from Dayton University.  His work in the Air Force Research Lab led to innovative patents in the electromagnetic space that successfully transferred to industry.  Upon leaving the military, he entered industry at Corning Inc where he continued to innovate.  He eventually attended Northeastern University and graduated with a Ph.d in Electrical Engineering.

CV AND AWARDSDr. Pettiford
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As an educator, Dr. Pettiford is a Full Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering at Liberty University.
  • Awards, Honors & Certifications
  • Work & Education

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • MIT: MIT Architecture and Systems Engineering Professional Certification
  • Harvard Business School Online: Strategic Disruption
  • Harvard Business School Online: Leadership
  • INCOSE: Associate System Engineering Professional Certification
  • Office of Naval Research: Postdoctoral Program Fellow
  • IEEE: Senior Member
  • Duke University: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Core Training Certification
  • Ma/Com Tyco Electronics: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • USAF: The Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster): Outstanding Achievement
  • USAF: Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
  • USAF: The Air Force Commendation Medal: Meritorious Service


  • 2009
    Northeastern University, College of Engineering, Boston, MA
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
  • 1998
    University of Dayton, School of Engineering, Dayton, OH
    M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering
  • 1995
    University of Hawaii, Manoa, College of Engineering, Oahu, HI
    B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering

Military, Industry and Academia Experience
Associate Dean of Education, School of Engineering
Full Professor, Liberty University, School of Engineering
Department Chair,  Liberty University, School of Engineering

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering – Liberty University, School of Engineering

STEM Instructor, Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy

Board Member, Center for Advanced Engineering & Research

Research Assistant, Northeastern University
Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits

Senior Test Engineer, M/A COM Technology Solutions, Tyco Electronics

Senior Test Systems Engineer, Corning Photonics Division, Corning Inc

Electronic Warfare Systems Engineer
United States Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratories, ATIRCM/CMAWS Common Missile Warning System, SPO

Electronic Device Process Engineer, United States Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratories

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His accomplishments will have lasting impacts in such diverse areas as wireless and fiber-optic communication and space-based radar.  He extended avionics radar performance through innovative design and optimization techniques of electron device components.

James R. Heald

Colonel USAF, Vice Commander

Air Force Research Laboratory.

Carl I Pettiford distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Electronic Warfare Systems Engineer, Subsystems System Program Office. Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Material Command. The outstanding professional skills, leadership and ceaseless efforts of Lieutenant Pettiford resulted in major contributions to the success of the Subsystems System Program Office.

Paul D. Nielsen

Brigadier General USAF, Vice Commander

In recognition of the release of the first Phoenix VPS measurement system to production.  Of particular note, is that Phoenix VPS led the charge on standardization of all new FGM measurement systems. The system offers many new evolutionary upgrades over existing measurement systems which have already received praise from the operators.

Corning Inc.,

Photonic Technologies Division

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