Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Ephesians 3:20-21

Maj. Gen. (ret) Craig
Olson, M.A., M.S.

Email: CraigOlson@letu.edu

  • Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering


Education

M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Boston University, 1990

M.A. National Security & Strategic Studies – Naval War College, 1999

B.S. Engineering Mechanics – USAF Academy, 1982

Experience

2017-Present

 

LeTourneau University

Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

1982-2016

 

United States Air Force


  • Program Executive Officer (AF Business Systems, C3I & Networks)
  • Foreign Military Sales Deployment (Baghdad, Iraq)
  • Program Manager (Joint STARS, V-22, C-5)
  • USAF Test Pilot School & F-15E Flight Test
  • F-4E/G Weapon Systems & Electronic Warfare Officer

Courses Taught

  • MEGR 2013 – Statics
  • ENGR 2313 – Materials Engineering
  • MEGR 3323 – Mechanics of Materials
  • LETU 1101 – Cornerstones

Advising & Sponsoring

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Faculty Sponsor, Kappa Zeta Chi (KZX) - Men's Residential Society 

Selected Publications

Lt Col Craig S. Olson (Spring 2000).  "From Cradle to Save: Revolutionary Acquisition Force Structure Alternatives for the 21st Century" Defense Acquisition Review Journal, Defense Acquisition University.

Background

After a 34-year career in the Air Force in which I was humbled and blessed to serve and lead airmen in the defense of our great nation, it brings me exceeding joy to enter a new chapter in which I can freely integrate my passion for Christ with my passion for engineering in a university setting.  My Air Force experience included operational flying, research & development, flight test, and program management, and I witnessed God do countless things in and through me which I KNOW could not have been done in my own strength.  This has greatly increased my faith and dependence upon Him, and I consider it a privilege to now help LeTourneau students develop the knowledge and faith they need to effectively minister in whatever workplace or nation God places them.

 

I am blessed with an awesome wife named Dayna, and we are both thrilled that God brought us to serve here in the Lone Star State!  We are fully committed to sharing the LeTourneau journey in every way possible while also investing in the lives of our four adult sons and our aging parents.  We are active at Pathway Church in Longview, and we enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling together.