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Stephen Cross

Stephen Cross

PhD 1983, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

IEEE Life Fellow, TEMS AdCom member



Stephen Cross is a senior university executive with more than 40 years track record of achieving results through strategic planning, leadership development, culture change management, and innovation.


Stephen E. Cross is the Executive Vice President for Research of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He also holds faculty appointments as a professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering and as an adjunct professor in the College of Computing and the College of Management.  Within Georgia Tech, he serves on the President’s Cabinet and on the advisory board for the Georgia Tech-Emory Collaboration for Regenerative Medicine.  He served as a Vice President and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 2003 until to assuming his current position in 2010.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Defense Science Board and also serves on the advisory board for the Alabama A&M Research Institute.  A past member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Cross has supported numerous studies by the National Research Council, testified to Congress on several occasions, and served as a consultant to many government and industry organizations.  He has published widely on artificial intelligence, software engineering, and technology transition.  Dr. Cross is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a former editor-in-chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems.  He is currently an Associate Editor of the online Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Systems Management.

Previously, Dr. Cross was a research faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Computer Science and the Director of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute.  Earlier in his career, he was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His experience includes various R&D assignments spanning research, engineering development, and flight testing.  A retired military officer, he received the Air Force Research Award in 1986 and the Federal 100 Award in 1992.  He is a distinguished alumnus of the College of Engineering of the University of Cincinnati where he received his B.S.E.E.  His M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. are from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively.

Joining TEMS: The Why, How and What

Why joining TEMS? It addresses critical topics in our profession from both an application and research point of view.

How does joining TEMS add value to member’s profession? Stephen believes that being an IEEE TEMS helps keep him at the top of “his game!”

What motivates Stephen Cross to join TEMS? Stephen has experience in both academia, government, and industry, so he believes that this is his chance to give back and support the profession.


Stephen is a new to the Administrative Committee so it is best to take a “wait and see” approach to see if he really add any value.

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  • change name to: ETMS ( Engineering&Technology Management Society) as this is rational;proper;logical name


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