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Edward F. Crawley

Ford Professor of Engineering
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Director, Bernard M. Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program
President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
(on leave)

Dr. Crawley received an Sc.D. in Aerospace Structures from MIT in 1981. His early research interests centered on structural dynamics, aeroelasticity, and the development of actively controlled and intelligent structures. Recently, Dr. Crawley’s research has focused on the domain of the architecture and design of complex systems.

Dr. Crawley’s work spans a range from the development of underlying theory, typified by a recent paper on the Algebra of Systems, to the development of methods and tools, such as Object Process Networks. It extends as far as a consulting role on the design of actual systems. Currently he is engaged on both NASA and oil exploration system designs.

From 2003 to 2006 he served as the Executive Director of the Cambridge – MIT Institute, a joint venture, funded by the British government and industry, with a mission to understand and generalize how universities act as engines of innovation and economic growth. For the previous seven years, he served as the Department Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, leading the strategic realignment of the department.

Dr. Crawley was the founding co-director of the System Design and Management Program, which leads to a degree jointly offered by the School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is the founding co-director of an international collaboration on the reform of engineering education, and the lead author of the book, Rethinking Engineering Education, the CDIO Approach.

Dr. Crawley is a Fellow of the AIAA and the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK), and is a member of three national academies of engineering: the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, the (UK) Royal Academy of Engineering, and the US National Academy of Engineering. He is the author of numerous journal publications in the AIAA Journal, the ASME Journal, the Journal of Composite Materials, and Acta Astronautica.

In his outreach and public service, Dr. Crawley was chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee, and was a member of the NASA Advisory Committee. He holds the NASA Public Service Medal. In 1993 was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. He is conversant in Russian, and has spent time as a visitor at the Moscow Aviation Institute, the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University and Cambridge University. He was a finalist in the NASA Astronaut selection in 1980, is an active pilot, and was the 1990, 1995 and 2005 Northeast Regional Soaring champion. In 2004 he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts of America.

Selected Publications:

Crafting Platform Strategy based on Anticipated Benefits and Costs (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), Chapter in Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design - Methods & Applications (Timothy Simpson, Roger Jianxin Jiao, Zahed Siddique, Katja Hölttä-Otto, eds.), Springer, 2013. 
“Technology Decisions Under Architectural Uncertainty: Informing Investment Decisions Through Tradespace Exploration” (Jonathan A. Battat, Bruce G. Cameron, Alexander Rudat, Edward F. Crawley) In Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (Accepted for publication, 2013)  

“Rule-based System Architecting of Earth Observing Systems: The Earth Science Decadal Survey” (Daniel Selva, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (Accepted for publication, 2013) 

Paper presented at the 2004 Engineering Systems Symposium:
> Co-Author of Monograph Chapter "The Influence of Architecture in Engineering Systems"

Related News:

Ed Crawley mentioned in article about Cambridge-based energy startup –
“Ekotrope raises $1.7M to expand energy efficiency SaaS”
Boston Business Journal – August 29, 2013

“Prof Edward Crawley to head Skolkovo technical university”
– Telegraph – December 22, 2011

Edward Crawley recently named president of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology “Skolkovo Foundation and MIT to collaborate on developing the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology” – MIT News – October 26, 2011;
Professor Edward Crawley winner of the Gordon Prize
– January 5, 2011

Watch “The Future of Human Spaceflight: The Augustine Report and Its Implications” on TechTV; MIT News Office story on forum– Dec. 2009

“NASA: Good Night Moon, Hello New Rocket Technology” The New York Times, via Associated Press – February 1, 2010

"Space panel says US can't promise the moon" The Boston Globe – December 14, 2010

Ed Crawley shares 10 tips for engineering students US News & World Report blog – December 2, 2009

Crawley quoted about Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program The Boston Globe – October 25, 2009

Gordon-MIT ELP releases white paper on engineering leadership education programs worldwide, MIT News Office - October 27, 2009

Crawley talks about space panel report, BBC News – October 22, 2009; – October 23, 2009

Crawley quoted in article about space taxis – October 22, 2009

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Edward F. Crawley

Contact info:

Edward F. Crawley
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 33-207
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617.253.7510
Email to: crawley "at"

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