Craig Owens

Systems Engineer, Principal; Corporate SBIR Program Manager

Lockheed Martin

Craig currently serves as Lockheed Martin’s Corporate Program Manager for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program as well as the Program Manager for the SBIR program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business area.  Craig is based out of Ft. Worth, TX and supports other Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites at Marietta, GA and Palmdale, CA. He has served in this position since May of 2007. 

Craig has 34 years of experience at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  He began his career in Fort Worth, TX, in 1989 as an Operations Analyst on the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) program.  During his tenure at the company, he has performed a variety of roles within the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics organization, including serving as the Deputy Lead for the F-35 Prognostic and Health Management Demonstration team during the Demonstration Phase of the program.  Craig also spent two years as the Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) and served a total of nine years in various roles on the F-35 Vehicle Design and Development team.  Prior to working on the F-35 program, he worked as a maintainability design engineer on the F-16 program.  Craig earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 1987 and 1989, respectively.  He also earned his MBA in Management from the University of Dallas in 1994. 

Craig received the US Senate’s Small Business Technology Council Champions of Commercialization Award in 2018, as well as being named the 2018 SBIR Person of Year.  Craig currently resides in Aledo, TX, with his wife, Sophie, and their three children.