Executive Director, Georgia Centers of Innovation

Steve Justice is the Executive Director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Mr. Justice brings to this role more than 30 years diverse experience in the aerospace and innovation industries with the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Delta Air Lines, and The Ginn Group. He also founded two Georgia-based aerospace companies.

Prior to assuming the Executive Director position, Mr. Justice was the Director of the Center of Innovation for Aerospace where he was responsible for a wide ranging program to accelerate Georgia aerospace companies’ growth by helping them commercialize new products, services and business models, connecting them with university research and industry expertise as well as other Georgia resources for the aerospace industry.

His private sector experience includes technical leadership of intra-company and inter-company teams including participants from major North American, European, and Asian aerospace organizations. Mr. Justice also has extensive credentials in competitive aircraft evaluation, aircraft design, aircraft interior design, aircraft steady state and dynamic loads analysis, and the development of Information Technology (IT) and Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) systems. He participated in the development, certification, and support of several production aircraft including Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and C-130J Hercules as well as the Northrop B-2 “Stealth Bomber” and the Gulfstream G-IV business jet. He has also led various Research & Development programs for a wide range of advanced aircraft and systems for both military and civil applications. He is a former FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) and is currently a Licensed Professional Engineer (Aerospace).

He is a former member of the national Board of Directors of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the AIAA Technical Committees on Structural Dynamics and General Aviation and is a current member of the AIAA Technical Committee on Society and Aerospace Technology. Mr. Justice is a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Advisory Council and the Georgia Southern University College of Engineering and Information Technology Advisory Council.

In 2006 Mr. Justice was honored with the prestigious Red Dot Design Award by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany for his part in the design of the innovative EOS Airline seat. In addition, he has received numerous other honors including induction in 1996 into the Georgia Institute of Technology “Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni” and the 1994 AIAA Distinguished Service Award.

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