John M. Santiago, Jr.


Dr. John Santiago served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a research and development engineer, as well as an engineering manager, gaining leadership & technical experience in many engineering disciplines, systems & missions: large flexible space structures, communications, electro-optical systems, high-energy lasers, missile seekers, image recognition, information technologies, space, air & missile defense & homeland defense.

He retired again during 2019 from an 18-year career as a full-time professor, including over 4 years at the USAF Academy. John is continuing to work with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a collaboration of 40+ universities & colleges while publishing several papers at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) using the KEEN framework.

The framework combines the technical skill sets & the entrepreneurial mindset, to revolutionize the teaching of engineering.

As a professor of electrical & systems engineering, he taught 40+ courses in engineering, physics & math including 12 graduate courses, authoring 50+ papers, presentations & receiving several educator awards. 

While teaching at an ABET-accredited school, his entrepreneurial activities include:

  • served as a multimedia and e-learning consultant leveraging multimedia technologies, internet technology, and artificial intelligence, developing online courses in system engineering, electrical engineering, math and physics
  • wrote a book and published by Wiley in their popular "For Dummies" series, entitled Circuit Analysis for Dummies.
  • contributed a chapter and was a featured author in an entrepreneurial and leadership book entitled, P.U.S.H. (Persist Until Success Happens)
  • published hundreds of videos on YouTube as a partner and has several YouTube channels.

Dr Santiago is a Life Senior Member of IEEE.  His IEEE leadership roles include:

  • Region Educational Activities Coordinator (REAC), Region 5 (2024- Present)
  • Education Activities Board (EAB) Member (2024-Present)
  • Webmaster, IEEE Pikes Peak Section (2018-Present)
  • Chair, IEEE Pikes Peak Section (2019-2023)
  • Vice Chair, IEEE Pikes Peak Section (2016-2018)
  • IEEE Student Branch Faculty/Advisor/Counselor (2008-2019)