Ford Professor of Engineering; professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems
Crawley’s research focuses on the domain of architecture, design and decision support in complex technical systems. He is currently engaged with NASA on the design of its lunar and Earth observing systems, and with BP on oil exploration system designs.
Crawley is a former head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was a finalist in the NASA astronaut selection in 1980. He received an SB (1976) and an SM (1978) in aeronautics and astronautics, and an ScD (1981) in aerospace structures from MIT. 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 was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by Chalmers University, Sweden in 2006.
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