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Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Crossley

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Contact Information

(719) 333-3190

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Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin L. Crossley, Director, Institute of Information Technology Applications, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. In this position he acts as liaison officer between the Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) and USAFA, planning, organizing, and funding collaborative research across many of the academic departments. He also teaches core electrical and computer engineering courses.

Lieutenant Colonel Crossley entered the Air Force in 1999 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He went on to earn a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has served in a variety of technical and leadership positions, including as Lead Systems Engineer for the Air Crew Performance Branch at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH and as Cluster Lead for Infrastructure, Deputy Chief of Staff for Stability, Kabul, Afghanistan. This is his second tour as an instructor at the Air Force Academy.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2011)

Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2001)

Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (1999)

Professional Experience

Deputy Director, Institute of Information Technology Applications, United States Air Force Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2017-Present)

Assistant Professor, United States Air Force Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2014-2017)

Integrated Aircrew Ensemble Lead Engineer, Agile Combat Support Directorate, AF Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2011-2014)

Student, Doctorate of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2007-2011)

Instructor, United States Air Force Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2004-2007)

Microelectromechanical Systems Engineer, Antennas Branch, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts (2001-2004)

Student, Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (1999-2001)

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Department of Electrical Engineering Outstanding Academy Educator, U.S. Air Force Academy

Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to IEEE Student Branch, IEEE Pikes Peak Section

General Roland E. Thomas Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cadet Education, U.S. Air Force Academy

Air Intelligence Agency Award for Academic Excellence in Electronic Systems, U.S. Air Force Academy

Research and Scholarly Interests

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microelectronics, Carbon nanotubes, and 3D Printing

Publications

Crossley, B. L., Kossler, M., Coutu Jr., R. A., Starman, L. A., & Collins, P. J., (2010). Effects of hydrogen pretreatment on physical-vapor-deposited nickel catalyst for multi-walled carbon nanotube growth, Journal of Nanophotonics, 4, 049502-049502-6.

Crossley, B. L., Glauvitz, N. E., Quinton, B. T., Coutu, Jr., R. A., and Collins, P. J., Characterizing Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube Synthesis for Field Emission Applications, Carbon Nanotubes: Book 2, InTech, June 2011, ISBN 978-953-307-496-2.

Crossley, B. L., Coutu, Jr., R. A., Starman, L. A., and Collins, P. J., (2010). Self-assembling Nanosphere Lithography Process for Gated Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Arrays, Proc. SPIE 7637(76370O).

Crossley, B. L., Kossler, M., Starman, L. A., Coutu Jr., R. A., and Collins, P. J., (2009). Optimization of carbon nanotube field emission arrays, Proc. COMSOL 6288.

Crossley, B. L., Coutu, Jr., R. A., Starman, L. A., and Collins, P. J., (2010). Characterization of an Optimized Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Array, SEM Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Presentation only.

Crossley, B. L., Drehman, A. J., Reid, J. R., Derov, J. S., Corrales, A. A., & Crisman, E. E. (2005). Surface etching of YBCO films by xenon difluoride, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures Processing, Measurement, and Phenomena, 23(4), 1607-1610.

T.B. Hale, M.A. Temple, and B.L. Crossley, Ambiguity Analysis for Pulse Compression Radar Using Gold Code Sequences, Proceedings of the 2001 IEEE National Radar Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2001, pp S3P211-216.

J.M. Anderson, M.A. Temple, W.M. Brown, and B.L. Crossley, A Nonlinear Suppression Technique for Range Ambiguity Resolution in Pulse Doppler Radars, Proceedings of the 2001 IEEE National Radar Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2001, pp S3P271-276.

Kossler, M., Crossley, B. L., Coutu, Jr., R. A., Starman, L. A., and Collins, P. J., (2009). Study on the effects of hydrogen pretreatment on nickel catalyst used for multi-walled carbon nanotube growth, Proc. SPIE 7399(739904).