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Steve Crews

Steve Crews

Chief of Operations & Integration, STARCOM

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Crews is the Chief of Operations Integration at the Space Training and Readiness Command, where he shapes all aspects of STARCOM to make the USSF more ready for global competition and conflict. Starting in 2003, Steve served first in the Army Aviation Officer with roles such as Chinook pilot, aviation planner, NATO liaison, maintenance test pilot, and commander. While deployed, he flew over 65 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He then became an Army Space Operations Officer, where he served in various command and control roles at the Joint Space Operations Center, from executing Global Space Coordinating Authority to Space Control Branch Chief of the Unified Space Vault. He then went on to become assistant professor at West Point, where he taught robotics-related coursework and founded the Modular Robotics Laboratory. In 2022, Steve made the transition to become a Guardian in the first year of interservice transfers to the USSF. Steve’s academic pursuits paralleled his military career. He graduated from the West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Aeronautical Systems. In 2013, Steve graduated first in his class from the Naval Postgraduate School with three degrees: the Degree of Astronautical Engineer and dual Master of Science degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a member of the Biorobotics Lab in the Robotics Institute, achieving a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. At NPS he focused his research on the optimal attitude reorientation of spacecraft and his CMU research focus was on real-time planning of dynamic walking robots. He also has research interests in robotic automation, multi-agent synchronization, machine learning and AI, autonomous driving, and spacecraft manipulation/movement using inertial limbs.


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