Matt Crowley is managing a startup and a young family, but he still makes time for Case. He’ll receive the Young Alumni Leadership Award at Homecoming 2019. 


When he launched his first company a decade ago, Matt Crowley ’08 waited six months to sign his first client. His latest startup attracted its first customer in about six days—and his phone has not stopped ringing and pinging since.

Cyprus Lake offers a timely and critical service—cybersecurity for airports and airlines—as it taps Crowley’s uncommon expertise in airline industry computer systems.

Busy as he is with a new company—and a newborn—the Cleveland native devotes precious time to the Case Alumni Association as a mentor, advisor and member of the board of directors. He will be honored at Homecoming 2019 in October with the Young Alumni Leadership Award.

“I’m surprised and honored,” said Crowley, who earned a degree in computer engineering in 2008 from the Case School of Engineering. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the university and without the alumni association.”

A Junior Senior Scholarship helped him to finish his degree program, he said, and his first internship and one of his first jobs came through the alumni network.

Crowley started his career as a software engineer, first at Microsoft developing Internet Explorer, then as co-founder of a software development business in Washington, D.C. Seeing the future, he joined an airline industry trying to adapt to a digital world.

As Chief Information Officer for Cleveland Hopkins Airport from 2014 to 2017, Crowley was named a CIO of the Year finalist by Crain’s Cleveland Business. He moved on to Philadelphia’s airport, where he served as CIO until this year. In May, he co-founded his latest startup.

Cyprus Lake advises airports on how to protect their information systems from ransomware attacks, something that Cleveland Hopkins experienced in April. More worrisome than digital extortion, Crowley said, are hackers or terrorists who might succeed in shutting down flight control systems, endangering lives.

Most airports are municipally owned and have not afforded serious investment in tech talent, he said.

“We provide an alternative. Everyone needs these services right now,” he said.  “It’s been a very fulfilling experience.”

Crowley and his wife, Rachel, are in the process of moving back to Cleveland with their firstborn, Oren. That will make it easier for him to be involved with his alma mater.

“I love being on the board,” Crowley said. “I am honored to be able to help the next generation of students, those coming into the university and those entering the workforce.”




Homecoming Weekend will be celebrated October 11-13.