Col. Lisa M. Harrington

Lisa Harrington
  • BS Mathematics 1985

Lisa M. Harrington graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1985 with a BS in Mathematics. Colonel Harrington entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of Michigan Technological University’s ROTC Program. Over the next 24 years of her military career, Lisa served in a wide variety of assignments at base, major command, headquarters Air Force and Combatant Command levels. Colonel Harrington commanded at the squadron and group level. In addition, she served on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Operations Group, led the Air Education and Training Command Action Group, served as the Deputy Director of the Air Force General Officer Management Office and as the Director of Manpower and Personnel at U.S. Central Command.

In 1995, Lisa earned a PhD in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Her dissertation developed a method for designing experiments for neural networks establishing an efficient method of testing high-cost composite materials for military aircraft survivability.

Lisa currently serves as the Dean of Students at the Air Force Institute of Technology. She is responsible for a staff of 55 personnel who oversee 7,000 plus students enrolled in AFIT education programs in the areas of Student Support Services, Registrar and Admissions functions, including International Programs. In that capacity, she is responsible for over $65 million in education programs at graduate schools, industry sites and healthcare facilities. In addition, she is a member of the Department of Operational Sciences faculty, teaching when duties permit.

Lisa was inducted into the Michigan Tech Presidential Council of Alumnae in 2005, and she continues to stay involved with Michigan Tech’s Air Force ROTC program, mentoring cadets and new Second Lieutenants.

From 2009 Induction to the College of Sciences and Arts Academy