n 2016, Virginia Tech named its Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in honor of alumnus Kevin T. Crofton ('82), in recognition of his extraordinary philanthropy.
Crofton currently serves as a Consultant as former CEO of Comet Group based in Bern, Switzerland. Additionally, he is the founder and board chair of the UK’s Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, a public-private entity helping to accelerate the adoption of compound semiconductor applications. After completing his degree in aerospace engineering in 1982, Crofton worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, United Technologies, and Pratt & Whitney -- earning his M.B.A. in international business from American University in 1987. In 1994, he saw a great opportunity in the semiconductor industry, which led him to a 14-year progression with SPTS Technologies. Today, Crofton concentrates his energies on advisory work, notably with Senator Mark Warner’s team focusing on the Chips Act and the semiconductor industry in the US.
From across the pond, Crofton still has a love for all things Virginia Tech. He demonstrates his Hokie passion and pride from the sidelines of Cassell Coliseum to his service on numerous university boards and committees. His career accomplishments have been recognized at Virginia Tech through induction into the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering department and the College of Engineering academies of excellence.