Dr. Burk serves as an associate professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. He advises senior capstone research teams and teaches classes in mathematical modeling, decision analysis, and systems engineering. His research interests include multiattribute decision analysis and military applications of satellites and unmanned aircraft.
Dr. Burk has published research papers in Interfaces, Journal of Directed Energy, Military Operations Research, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Journal of Algorithms, and Journal of Guidance, Dynamics, and Control. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS).
Dr. Burk is a retired Air Force space operations officer. His assignments included Spacecraft Operations Director, Air Force Satellite Control Facility, Onizuka AFB, CA; Space Program Analyst, Air Force Plant Representative Office, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, CA; Chief, Requirements Analysis Branch, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, assigned to National Reconnaissance Office, Los Angeles AFB, CA; and Director, Graduate Space Operations Program, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. After military retirement, Dr. Burk worked in industry for five years for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and for The Aerospace Corporation before coming to West Point. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He continues to consult for The Aerospace Corporation.
Dr. Burk has received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (Center for Army Analysis, 2014; USMA, 2009 and 2010), the John K. Walker award (MORS, 2007), the Commander’s Award for Public Service (USMA, 2005), the Superior Civilian Service Award (USMA, 2003), the General Bernard Schriever Award (AFIT, 1995), the Louis F. Polk Award (AFIT, 1985), and Mervin E. Gross Award (AFIT, 1985).