Last updated: 9/3/2013
Robert J. Ribando
- Faculty, Department of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering, School
of Engineering and Applied Science, University
of Virginia, Charlottesville,
Assistant Professor, 1979-1985.
Associate Professor, 1985-Present.
- Director for Academic
Outreach Programs, School
of Engineering and
Applied Science, UVa. September 1999 - August 2001. Responsibilities
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP). This program allows
practicing engineers around the Commonwealth and beyond to earn Master of
Engineering (M.E.) degrees in six different disciplines. Delivery is via
videoconferencing and reaches about 20 sites.
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities
(VCES). Through this program four state
universities offer M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the Hampton, Virginia
area, primarily for NASA Langley employees.
- Development Associate, Advanced Reactors Systems Section,
Engineering Technology Division, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, Oak
September 1976-July 1979.
Developed computer codes, analyzed experimental data from thermal
hydraulic testing of electrically-heated nuclear fuel bundle simulators.
- Aircraft Maintenance Officer,
89th Military Airlift Wing ( Special Air Missions),
Andrews AB, Maryland,
May 1970-May 1972.
Supervised 160 enlisted men performing organizational maintenance on
aircraft used to transport the First Family and other VIPs of the U.S. and
foreign governments. Designed and implemented interior renovations on Jetstar and VC-135
aircraft. Received approximately one year USAF leadership and management
training at Lackland and Chanute AFBs prior to
Engineering) Cornell University, 1977
Major: Thermal Sciences, Minor: Geophysics.
Studied single and two-phase flows in porous materials numerically.
- M.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
Cornell University, 1974
Designed and built large (60' long) boundary layer wind
tunnel for studying the effects of buildings on local wind patterns.
- Aerospace and Mechanical
Sciences, Princeton University,
1968-69 ( drafted)
- B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
Cornell University, 1968
Co-oped three periods with Anaconda Wire and
Cable, Harrisonville, MO (Manufacturing) and Sycamore, IL (R&D).
HONORS AND AWARDS:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Curriculum Innovation Award A
"Hands-on" Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Heat Transfer,
with L.G. Richards and G.W. O'Leary, Dec. 2004.
- University Seminar (USEM)
Summer Research Grant (1997)
- UVA Teaching and Technology Initiative
Selected as one of the initial 12 fellows. Under the fellowship converted
ME 329 (Heat and Mass Transfer, now MAE 314) to a partial studio
format. Nine self-contained modules
incorporating modern numerical and visualization techniques were
developed. These materials are also very appropriate for a graduate-level
heat transfer course and have been used extensively in a televised
master's level heat transfer course. Heat Transfer Tools, a book
and CD containing all materials, was published by McGraw-Hill
in July 2001.
- Lucien Carr III Professor of
Engineering Education (1992-95)
This three-year chair was established to recognize and promote use of
technology in instruction.
- Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and
- Eagle Scout
SELECTED UNIVERSITY SERVICE:
- Invited Speaker,
"History of Presidential Flight," University of Virginia 2004 Reunion Seminars, June 4, 2004.
- At-large Member, University
Committee on Information Technology, 1998-2001, 2003-2004.
Chair, Subcommittee on Instruction and Learning.
- Member, University Academic
Computing Advisory Committee/Council, 1993-1997, 2000-2002.
- Member, Teaching + Technology
Selection Committee, 2002.
- Member, Provost's committee
for internal review of UVa School
of Nursing, 2001.
Senate Speakers Bureau:
"Ninety Years of
Presidential Flight" 1999-Present.
Reciprocating Engines of the 1930's and 40's" 2002-Present.
- Instructor, SECME 1997 Summer Institute .
- Chairman, Classroom Evolution
Subcommittee of the Expert Group on Information
Technology in Instruction of the University Committee on Information
- Member, Wilson Hall
Renovation Planning Team, 1995.
- Member, Vice President for
Information Technology's ad-hoc faculty committee on advanced
instructional needs, 1994-1995.
- Chairman, University
Committee on Electronic Classrooms. Appointed by Vice President for
Information Technology and Communication to advise on advanced classrooms,
distance learning technologies, faculty support, software and
infrastructure, etc. Also chaired subcommittee on scheduling, support,
maintenance. Proposal for faculty development was implemented in the Teaching + Technology Initiative
(TTI), while the classroom development proposal culminated in the Classroom
Technology Plan. 1993-1994.
- Member, University Committee
on CDC Replacement, 1990.
- Member, University Nuclear
Reactor Safety Committee, 1982-1986.
SELECTED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT SERVICE:
- Chair, MAE Advising, Awards,
Rules and Courses Committee, 2004 - present
- Academic Advisor, MAE Class
- Curator, Faculty Art
Collection, MEC 215, 2004-present. So far this collection includes three
original works by retired SEAS faculty.
- Chairman, MEC 205 Space
Art Project. Worked with Virginia Engineering Foundation and committee to
endow, select, purchase and hang 23 prints from the NASA Space Art
Collection to decorate this newly-renovated classroom. Completed Spring 2002. Click here
for a QTVR tour of MEC 205 showing the new collection.
- Advisor for Mechanical and
Aerospace Department, Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, (CGEP) - Responsible for
faculty staffing of two courses/semester and advising of some 70
off-grounds Master of Engineering students, 1997-2004.
- Member, Mechanical &
Aerospace ABET/Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2001-Present.
- Developer, MEC 345
Videoconferencing Facility. Worked with SEAS
Dean's Office, Provost's Office, Facilities Management, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
and architect to create a state-of-the-art videoconferencing facility,
which was completed in January 2001.
- Chairman, MEC 339 Aviation Art
Program. Worked with Virginia Engineering Foundation and committee to
endow, select, purchase and hang 21 limited-edition aviation art prints to
decorate classroom. Worked with Robertson
to create online gallery of the collection, including panoramic virtual
tour of the room. This work is featured in the Robertson portfolio
of their projects, 1998-99.
- Chairman, Accreditation Board
for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Mechanical Engineering Self-Study
- Member, SEAS Computing
Environment Committee. Our committee's proposal and my continuing service
on related committees at the University level resulted in over $600,000 in
classroom technology-related improvements to the MEC building. This
"technology classroom cluster" was implemented during the
1997-98 academic year and added three "hands-on" classrooms (
MEC 214, MEC
215, and MEC
216) and one more lecture room MEC
205) to the two technology-equipped classrooms I had already
spearheaded in this building. The MEC cluster is fully staffed and
supported by the University administration, and all equipment is replaced
on a three-year cycle, 1989-1992, 1993-1996. Chairman 1995-1996.
- Consultant, MEC 339 renovation.
Based on experience with Morse Room renovation and feedback, worked with
project manager and architect to develop specifications for renovation of
this substandard classroom into a state-of-the-art interactive TV receive
site/multi-media classroom, 1994.
- Discussion Group Leader,
First-Year Common Reading Experience, 1997-Present.
- Member, Lucien Carr III Chair
Selection Committee, 1995, 1996, Chair 1997.
- SEAS Teleconference
Coordinator - arranged downlink of live teleconferences for
faculty/student viewing, 1994-Present.
- Faculty Advisor, Pi Tau Sigma
International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 1993-Present. For the
past two years ours has been one of only approximately 30 chapters
nationwide in good standing. For the past three years our members have
done a service project each semester at Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for
children with chronic illnesses located a few miles from the University.
- Chairman, Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering ABET Self Study Committee, 1992.
- Established Morse
Room Multimedia Facility in Mechanical Engineering Building,
1986-1990. This five-year-long effort resulted in the establishment of a
first class, high-tech classroom with the capability of projecting
computer output, videotaped materials, and broadcasts from outside.
Approximately $70,000 was raised from nine funding sources originally.
Wrote proposal for 1995 Morse Room upgrades, funded at $30,000.
COMMUNITY SERVICE and OTHER:
- Member, Board of Directors
and Finance Committee, ARC of the Piedmont,
Charlottesville, VA, 2002-present
- Volunteer, Computer Support, Albemarle County Fair,
- President-Elect, Charlottesville Kiwanis Club,
Board of Directors, 2003-present
Sponsored Youth Chair,1988-99
Kiwanis Advisor, Charlottesville High School Key Club, 1994-2000.
Faculty Advisor, Circle K at University of
- Board of Directors, Wiseman
- Faculty Committee, St. Anselm Institute for Catholic
- Advisory Board, Information Technology Academy, Charlottesville,
- Member, Virginia Piedmont Technology Council,
- Member, Charlottesville Aviation Luncheon Club,
1999-Present. Guest speaker twice
- Member, Sam Fox Association
(Veterans of 89th (Presidential)
Air Wing), 1999-Present.
(Includes syllabi, software downloads, web essays, etc.)
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