Robert E. Lindberg Jr, Eng.Sc.D. is an accomplished executive with career experience that spans government, industry, academic and non-profit sectors. Bob brings long-standing experience in corporate strategic development, aerospace program management, and corporate development. He also brings technical expertise in spacecraft design and development; launch vehicle design, development and operations; space technology research; aeronautics research; and airspace systems.
From 2003 through 2012, Bob served as the first President and Executive Director of the National Institute of Aerospace, where he provided strategic leadership and general management for all operations. Under his direction the Institute grew rapidly from a start-up into a $35M enterprise through expansion of its research, graduate education, outreach and economic development programs.
From 1987 through 2002 Bob served in a wide range of roles with increasingly managerial and executive responsibility at Orbital Sciences Corporation. As Director of the Advanced Projects Group, Bob was responsible for defining and developing new engineering initiatives to expand Orbital’s businesses in launch vehicles, transfer vehicles and satellite systems. Later, he led the development of NASA’s X-34 experimental rocketplane as Vice President and Program Manager. As Senior Vice-President for Space Business Development, Bob led marketing and sales for Orbital’s businesses in spacecraft systems, spacecraft subsystems and components, and engineering technical services for NASA, military, commercial, and international customers. As Senior Vice President for Defense Programs, Bob was tapped to establish a new corporate office, reporting directly to the CEO, to focus and direct the strategic thrust of defense and intelligence new business activities across the three major operating groups of the corporation: launch systems, space systems and advanced programs. He worked directly with operating group general managers to identify key near-term opportunities, develop comprehensive pursuit strategies, and build long term objectives. Throughout his term at Orbital, he played a key role in numerous corporate M&A activities.
From 1976 through 1987, Bob served in various roles at the Naval Research Laboratory, first as a Research Physicist then later as Head, Advanced Concepts Section and Head, Concepts Development Branch in the Spacecraft Engineering Department, where he established and managed a newly formed branch engaged in the conceptual development and design of new Navy spacecraft, and in space technology research and development.
Bob is the author of 35 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports; editor of two books; and was executive producer of the television series NASA 360. He has held academic positions at both George Washington University (Department of Civil, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering) and the University of Virginia (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering). He received his BS in Physics with distinction from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his MS in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia, and his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the AIAA.