NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE NAMES FIRST PRESIDENT
After an extensive year long quest the National Institute of
Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Va., has chosen one of its own, Dr.
Robert E. Lindberg, Jr., to head the research institute.
"Following a national search, the board of NIA is very pleased
to select Dr. Bob Lindberg as NIA's first President," said Dr. Mark
G. McNamee, chairman of the National Institute of Aerospace
Associates (NIAA) Board of Directors. "Bob is an outstanding person
who will provide great leadership for the NIA."
Lindberg has been Vice President of Research and Program
Development at the NIA, since it started up almost a year ago. He
replaces Dr. Robert Whitehead, a retired NASA Associate
Administrator who served as interim NIA president and executive
director while the search for a permanent head was underway.
The National Institute of Aerospace is a world-class research
institute, just outside NASA's Langley Research Center. It was
created to complement Langley's mission to do cutting-edge
aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for
the nation and help inspire the next generation of scientists and
"I think Bob is a terrific choice," said Charles E. Harris,
director of NASA Langley's NIA Management Office. "He brings to NIA
not only an industry background perspective, but also experience at
a federal research laboratory."
Before coming to NIA Lindberg was a senior vice president at
Orbital Sciences Corp. He also worked as a branch head and
physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory. Lindberg has a
bachelor's degree in physics from the Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, a master's degree in engineering physics from the
University of Virginia and a doctorate in mechanical engineering
from Columbia University.
"I'm really excited to be given this tremendous opportunity,"
said Lindberg. "The support NIA has received from NASA Langley and
the community in our start up year gives me great confidence that
the Institute will grow quickly and make great contributions to
aerospace research and graduate education."
NIA is a private, non-profit research institute comprised of a
consortium of universities and the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation, Reston, Va. The roster of
major research universities includes consortium members: Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.; Hampton University, Hampton,
Va.; North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.;
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; University of
Maryland, College Park, Md.; University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, Va.; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, Blacksburg, Va.; and affiliate members: Old Dominion
University, Norfolk, Va., and the College of William & Mary,
NIA acts as a strategic partner with NASA Langley to enhance its
renowned aerospace and atmospheric research capability. The
Institute complements Langley's research creativity, expands
research and technology development opportunities, and represents
the creation of a significant new research and education asset for
the nation. The Institute will also be a catalyst for economic
development by stimulating the commercialization of new
intellectual property and facilitating the growth of new business
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