Robert Lindberg

Visiting Research Professor

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Dr. Lindberg joined the faculty in the Spring of 2003, and is associated with the Department’s graduate program at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, VA. From 2003 to 2012, he served as President and Executive Director of NIA. 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 is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Astronautical Society. He currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and chairs the Planetary Protection Subcommittee.

Research Interests

Research interests include space flight mechanics and control, space robotics, aerospace mechanisms. Current research is focused on challenges associated with precision entry, descent and landing on Mars and through other planetary atmospheres.