Chris Crumbly is the Vice President of Business Development for Civil and Commercial Space. As part of the company’s Business Development and Strategic Acquisitions Group he is responsible for developing strategies and partnerships to support government and commercial space customers while leveraging the companies engineering, design/build, and commercial geospatial imaging capabilities.
Prior to his position at Teledyne Brown Engineering, Mr. Crumbly spent 25 years of his career at NASA. For six years he managed the Space Launch System (SLS) Program’s Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution Office, located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. During this period he was responsible for managing the development of spacecraft and payload interfaces for SLS and technical innovations to increase the performance and decrease the cost of America’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.
Mr. Crumbly also served as the Director of the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA where the Space Launch System’s core stage and the Orion spacecraft are being manufactured. In addition to serving in management positions at Marshall, he also served as the Special Assistant to NASA’s Deputy Administrator. His private-industry experience includes Senior Program Manager for Ball Aerospace and Vice President for NASA Programs at Quadrus Corporation.
Mr. Crumbly, a native of Rome GA, holds bachelors and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Auburn University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He speaks on the space program frequently with audiences ranging from TEDx to school groups and professional societies. He is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.