- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1970
- M.S., Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University, 1975
The professional career of Robert E. Corsi, Jr, PE, spans 46 years in the United States Air Force with 28 years on active duty and 18 years as a civilian in the Senior Executive Service. When he retired from federal service in October 2016, he was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for comprehensive plans and policies covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel management. He oversaw the execution and programming of the Manpower, Personnel and Services portfolio with an annual $40.9 billion personnel budget for 660,000 military and civilian Total Force airmen.
He was commissioned upon graduation from Manhattan College in 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and attended West Virginia University receiving his Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1975. During the next 28 years, he served in a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility at all levels in the Air Force. He entered the Senior Executive Service in July 1998, following his retirement from active duty. He served as the Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force where he was responsible for all budgeting, manpower and personnel management, and facilities for over 5,000 personnel in the National Capital Region. In addition, he was the Deputy Director, Manpower and Organization, at Headquarters Air Force, responsible for both sizing and budgeting for the Total Force.
He is a registered professional engineer (PE) and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a senior member of both the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was inducted into the Academy of Industrial Engineers in 2015 for his contributions to the profession. He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at West Virginia University in 2016 for his contributions to the University, his profession and his leadership in the community assisting the poor in Appalachia. He was also appointed to the Board of Governors of the Civil Air Patrol by the Secretary of the Air Force upon his retirement from federal service in 2016 and served through 2020. He completed his term as the Vice Chairman.
He has received two Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards recognizing his performance among the top 5% of all members of the Senior Executive Service; and he also received the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2016 recognizing the top 1% of Senior Executives. Corsi is a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus where he has led a home building effort with his Council and parish for the last 22 years in the heart of Appalachia. He is responsible for the fundraising and the construction of 24 homes for some of the poorest families in our country who receive a complete home at no cost to the family. This effort has received both State and International Awards from the Knights of Columbus.
Upon his retirement, he established RoCor Consulting, LLC, to provide the full range of human capital advice to the public sector. Additionally, he is an adjunct consultant to the Rand Corporation. He was the Interim President of the Senior Executives Association from May 15, 2020 and selected to be the President effective April 1, 2021 until he retired on April 30, 2022, supporting over 7,000 senior executives in the Federal government. He is married to Maria, his wife of 51 years.