Jeff Lawson, Director, Software Development

Jeff has been a key employee of FlightAware since 2010 and has served as a Director of Software Development from 2012 to the present. In this role, his primary focus is engineering and leading the design of FlightAware technology involving its mobile applications, data feed integration, and external commercial data interfaces.

Lawson brings extensive experience in software architecture, data security, and networking protocol design from software engineering positions at Univa/United Devices, Microsoft, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and WolfeTech. He was a founder of, which pioneered distributed computing in the 1990s, and continues to serve as the Chief of Operations and Member of the Board. He earned a BSc. Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College.

Lawson holds an FAA private pilot certificate and owns an airplane based at West Houston Airport (KIWS).