Michael Britt-Crane leads education and workforce development (EWD) efforts on the Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) team in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering OUSD(R&E). Under Michael’s leadership, the ManTech EWD team has facilitated collaboration across the nine DoD-sponsored manufacturing innovation institutes under the Collective Impact model and developed a strategic framework for federal leadership in manufacturing workforce development. Michael also co-chairs the DoD Joint Additive Manufacturing Working Group EWD Council. Michael and his team oversee investments in manufacturing education advancement under the Manufacturing Engineering Program and OSD Small Business Innovation and Research Program. The ManTech EWD team has also supported investments made by the DoD STEM Manufacturing Engineering Education Program, and the Office of Economic Adjustment Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program.
Before joining the OUSD(R&E) ManTech team, Mr. Britt-Crane was a program manager and mechatronics engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), where he led development, productization, and expansion of the SeaGlide® marine robotics STEAM program. Under Mr. Britt-Crane’s leadership, the SeaGlide® program expanded to reach hundreds of students and teachers annually across 54 educational institutions in 17 states and internationally. At NSWCCD, Mr. Britt-Crane also led development of the SeaSerpent µAUV, cofounded the NSWCCD MAKE Lab, and led the Advanced Control Effectors mechanical engineering team for five years.
Mr. Britt-Crane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and has technical expertise in mechatronics, advanced manufacturing, and STEAM education.