Lieutenant Colonel Keith D. McManus serves as the program director responsible for accreditation of the nuclear engineering program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is focused on optimizing radiation detection sensors onboard small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for Department of Defense missions, including searching for special nuclear material (SNM). Previously he served as the chief of the future capabilities section for the contingency operations division of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). He was responsible for all scientific and technical integration for joint military and civilian Technical Support Groups (TSGs) that are tasked to conduct worldwide emergency response to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) crises.
Keith is from Chicago, Illinois and is married with three sons. In 1998, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics with a nuclear engineering concentration. Upon commissioning in the Ordnance Corps, he completed the Officer Basic Course and reported for duty to the 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Drum, New York. After serving in several leadership and staff positions as a lieutenant, to include accountable officer, platoon leader, maintenance control officer, and adjutant, he completed the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School. As a commander, he successfully deployed his EOD Company to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2003. In 2007, he earned a Master of Health Physics degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He then returned to West Point and served for three years as an instructor, assistant professor, and course director in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.
LTC McManus is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach, has coached Odyssey of the Mind teams at elementary schools, and has served as an eCybermission judge in support of RDECOM. He also has served as a den chief for Cub Scouts and as the treasurer for his church. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.