Stephen E. Cross

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Stephen E. Cross
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Born (1951-10-07) October 7, 1951 (age 63)
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Software engineering
Systems engineering
Process improvement
Technology transfer
Institutions Georgia Institute of Technology
Alma mater University of Cincinnati (1974)
Air Force Institute of Technology (1977)
University of Illinois (1983)
Notable awards Defense Superior Service Medal (1991)[1]
University of Cincinnati College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus (2002)[1]
IEEE Fellow (2003)[2] Irish America Star of the South (2010)[3]

Stephen Edward Cross is executive vice president for research (EVPR) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), a position to which he was appointed in 2010.[4] As EVPR, Cross coordinates research efforts among Georgia Tech's colleges, research units and faculty; and provides central administration for all research, economic development and related support units at Georgia Tech. This includes direct oversight of Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary research institutes, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) and the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC).

Prior to this position, he served as director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 2003 until 2010,[5] director and chief executive officer of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute from 1994 to 2003,[6][7] and an officer in the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1994.

He is an IEEE Fellow, a former editor-in-chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems and former associate editor of the Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Systems Management.[8] He is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal.[1] Cross has published more than 60 research papers in computing, and has provided expert testimony to the United States Congress.[9][10]

Education and Air Force[edit]

Cross attended Madison High School in Madison, Ohio, from 1965 to 1969.[11] Cross earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 and subsequently joined the United States Air Force.[12] While in the Air Force, he received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1977 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1983.[6][9] Cross also graduated from United States Air Force Test Pilot School's Flight Test Engineer Program, the Air War College, and the National Defense University.[6]

While in the Air Force, Cross wrote embedded software for F-15s and F-16s. His experience also touched on software for cruise missile navigation, logistics, and air traffic control.[12][13] Cross was a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1989 to 1994; he was also a member and chairman of DARPA's Information Science & Technology panel.[12] He retired from the Air Force in 1994.

Academic career[edit]

In 1994, Cross joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, becoming a principal research scientist in its Robotics Institute and Institute for Software Research.[14] In 1996, he became director and CEO of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute.[6][12][15] While at Carnegie Mellon, Cross promoted more reliable software development practices such as code reuse.[12][14]

In late 2003, Cross was chosen to serve as director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, an applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology.[6][15][16] He is also a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor in the College of Computing and the Scheller College of Business.[17] Cross was appointed Georgia Tech's executive vice president of research in 2010, assuming the position on May 1, 2010.[4] In June 2012, Cross and David S. Stephens (vice president for research of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center) published an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution supporting biomedical research.[18]

Memberships and awards[edit]

In 2010, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates named Cross to a three-year term on the Defense Science Board. Cross previously served on the Defense Science Board's Task Force on Defense Software.[9] While at Georgia Tech, Cross has joined several research advisory boards, including the Health Systems Institute, the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, the Strategic Energy Initiative and the Tennenbaum Institute.[9]

Cross is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); he was named an IEEE Fellow in 2003 "for the development and use of modern software engineering techniques in advanced systems".[2][19][20] He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems from 1994 to 1997, and associate editor of the Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Systems Management from 2003 to 2011.[21] In 1991, Cross was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal;[1] in 2002, he was named a University of Cincinnati College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus;[1] and in 2010, Irish America magazine named him a Star of the South.[22]

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kimberland, Kelly (2003-06-12). "Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute Director Accepts Vice President Position at Georgia Institute of Technology" (Press release). Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Fellow Class of 2003: C". IEEE. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Cross - Stars of the South - 2010". Irish America. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ a b Hagearty, Michael (2010-03-19). "Cross Named Executive Vice President for Research" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Stephen E. Cross". ACM Special Interest Group on Ada. 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Stephen Cross Tapped to Lead Georgia Tech Research Institute" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Dr. Stephen E. Cross, GTRI Director". Georgia Tech Research Institute. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Stephen E. Cross, Ph.D.". H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  9. ^ a b c d Nesmith, Robert (2010-01-14). "Stephen Cross Appointed to Defense Science Board" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Testimony of Dr. Stephen E. Cross, Executive Vice President for Research". Georgia Institute of Technology. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  11. ^ "Steve Cross". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Salkever, Alex (2002-01-04). "Stephen Cross: Crusader for Sensible Software". Business Week. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  13. ^ Cross, Stephen (Jan–Feb 1985). "Computer understanding of air traffic control displays". IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society). SMC-15 (1): 133–135. doi:10.1109/tsmc.1985.6313400. 
  14. ^ a b Cross, Stephen and Graettinger, Caroline (June 2001). "The Software Engineer: Skills for Change". Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering: 22–24. 
  15. ^ a b "SEI Director Accepts VP Post at Georgia Tech". Carnegie Mellon News (Carnegie Mellon). 2003-06-25. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  16. ^ "Dr. Stephen E. Cross". GTRI Historical Archive. Georgia Tech Research Institute. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  17. ^ "Stephen E. Cross, Ph.D.". Georgia Tech Tennenbaum Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  18. ^ Stephens, David S and Cross, Stephen (2012-06-29). "Case for biomedical research". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  19. ^ "IEEE - Fellows - C". IEEE. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  20. ^ "Receptionto Welcome Steve Cross to GTRI (notes)". Georgia Institute of Technology. 2003-11-10. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  21. ^ "About Steve Cross". Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  22. ^ "Stephen Cross - Stars of the South - 2010". Irish America magazine. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

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