Edward Crawley

Space Center

Edward is the Founding  President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (2011 – 2016), where he now holds a professorial appointment. His early research was on structural dynamics, aeroelasticity. His most recent research has focused on the architecture, design, and decision support in complex technical systems subject to economic and stakeholder constraints.

He is also a consultant on the design of actual systems. For example, he is working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design human exploration and earth observing systems. Professor Crawley has served as chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee and as a member of the NASA Advisory Committee, the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. In 1993, he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign.

From 2003 to 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, a joint venture with Cambridge University funded by the British government and industry; the institute’s mission was to understand and generalize how universities can act effectively as engines of innovation and economic growth.

Previously, from 1996 to 2003, he was head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, during which time he directed the strategic realignment of the department. He is a founder of ACX, a product development and manufacturing firm; BioScale, a company that develops biomolecular detectors.

In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB). In the summer of 2007, he founded and still serves on the board of Dataxu, a Boston-based company in internet advertising matching.

In 2011, he founded and acts as chairman of Ekotrope, a company that supplies energy portfolio analysis to businesses and consumers.

Edward has served as founding co-director of an international collaboration on the reform of engineering education and was the lead author of Rethinking Engineering Education, the CDIO Approach. For his work in CDIO, he received the 2011 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education from the NAE.

Edward is a Fellow of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and Royal Aeronautical Society (UK) and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Engineering (US).

He is the author of numerous papers published in AIAA Journal, ASME Journal, the Journal of Composite Materials, and Acta Astronautica.

Edward (who is conversant in Russian) has spent time as a visitor at the Moscow Aviation Institute, as well as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, and Cambridge University.

He received  bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, as well as doctor of science degree in aerospace structures.

architecture, design, and decision support in complex technical systems subject to economic and stakeholder constraints

  • Paper presented at the 2004 Engineering Systems Symposium: Co-Author of Monograph Chapter “The Influence of Architecture in Engineering Systems
  • Lazarus, K.B., Crawley, E.F., “Multivariable High – Authority Control of Plate-like Active Structures,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 6, pages 1357-1363, November-December, 1996.
  • Lin, C.Y., Crawley, E.F., Heeg, J., “Open- and Closed-Loop Results of a Strain-Actuated Active Aeroelastic Wing”, Paper No. 95-1386, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 33, No. 5, pages 987-994, September-October, 1996.
  • Campbell, M.E., Crawley, E.F., “Classically Rationalized Low Order Robust Structural Controllers”, presented at the 35th Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Hilton Head, SC, April 18-21, 1994, submitted to the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, on November 1, 1994.
  • van Schoor, M.C., Crawley, E.F., “Nonlinear Forced Response Characteristics of Contained Fluids in Microgravity”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 32, Number 3, pages 521-532, May-June, 1995.
  • Crawley, E.F., Barlow, M.S., van Schoor, M.C., Masters, B., Bicos, A.S., “Measurement of the Modal Parameters of a Space Structure in Zero Gravity, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 18, No. 3, pages 385-394, May-June, 1995.
  • Masters, B.P., Crawley, E.F., van Schoor, M.C., “Global Structure Modeling Using Force-State Component Identification”, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 1, pages 198-206, Jan./Feb., 1996.
  • Crawley, E.F., “Intelligent Structures for Aerospace: A Technology Overview and Assessment, AIAA Journal, Vol. 32, Number 8, pages 1689-1699, August, 1994.
  • Crawley, E.F., Greitzer, E.M., Widnall, S.E., Hall, S.R., et. al., “Reform of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Curriculum at MIT”, ASEE Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 83, No. 1, pages 47-56, January, 1994.
  • Crawley, E.F., Rymarcsuk, J., “US-Soviet Cooperation in Space: Benefits, Obstacles and Opportunities, Space Policy, pages 29-38, February, 1992.
  • Crawley, E.F., Ducharme, E.H., “Parametric Trends in the Flutter of Advanced Turboprops”, Transactions ASME, Journal of Turbomachinery, pages 741-750, October, 1990.
  • Member of the first class of MacVicar Faculty Fellows at MIT
  • NASA Public Service Medal, for service as chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee and member of the NASA Advisory Committee
Space Sector Course

Number of ECTS credits: 6
Course Classification: Sector

Course description:
This course examines the domain of space from multiple vantage points — space as a business, a way of life, a fulfillment of human dreams. In addition, it examines space-related issues that drive key international regulatory, economic, and global policy. To gain insight into these different dimensions, we examine space through three different lenses: sub-sectors, technologies, and organizations.

Part 1: Sub Sectors:
• Launch services and markets
• Satellite manufacturing and operations, including sensors and payloads
• Space data products
• Space communications and navigation services
• Space science payloads and missions
• Military space
• Human spaceflight, programs and policies

For each one, we will discuss the organization of the sub-sector, what value it produces, how it is funded, the commercial and governmental organizations that participate, how it is regulated, and technology barriers

Part 2: Technologies:
• Technology readiness, and sources of technology, technology planning
• Launch technologies and options
• Satellite technologies
• Payload technologies (may need to do in parts)

Part 3: Organizations
• Space sector organizations (verticals and horizontals)
• “New Space”
Space agencies and other international agents (NASA, ESA, etc.)


ФИО: Кроули Эдвард

Занимаемая должность (должности): Профессор

Преподаваемые дисциплины: Космический сектор

Ученая степень: Доктор наук, аэронавтика и астронавтика, 1981, Массачусетский технологический институт, США

Ученое звание (при наличии): нет

Наименование направления подготовки и/или специальности: Аэронавтика и астронавтика

Данные о повышении квалификации и/или профессиональной переподготовке (при наличии): нет

Общий стаж работы: 34 года

Стаж работы по специальности: 34 года