Robert Lindberg, D.Sc.'82

Research Professor
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia, Williamsburg, VA

Bob Lindberg first joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in the Spring of 2003. He was formerly the President and Executive Director of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, VA. NIA is a research and graduate education institute that functions as a partner with NASA Langley Research Center. NIA was formed by a consortium of universities that includes the University of Virginia. Prior to joining NIA, Dr. Lindberg held a variety of executive and management positions with Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, VA. He began his career as a research physicist with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, working on projects in the Navy Space Program.

Dr. Lindberg earned his B.S. in Physics (with Distinction) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia, and his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University under the doctoral mentorship of Prof. Richard Longman. He is a Fellow and current Director-at-Large of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow and past president of the American Astronautical Society, and a member of Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma. He has received numerous honors including the 2003 Egleston Medal from the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association. He has published in the fields of aerospace systems design, controls, and robotics and has edited two books. He currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Protection Subcommittee. He has served on committees and panels for the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies, the National Security Space Architect, and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has served as a board member of numerous non-profits, and is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Air and Space Center.

Research Interests: Space flight mechanics and control, space robotics, aerospace mechanisms.

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