April 18, 2019: UT Austin and MIT recently highlighted the accomplishments of Odyssey’s own Dr. Robert Gottlieb in the Longhorn Liftoff quarterly newsletter and the MIT Alumni Association online publication, Slice of MIT, respectively. Dr. Gottlieb, known as Dr. Bob around Odyssey, received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1960 and 1961, and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from UT Austin in 1973. He joined Odyssey as a technical fellow in 2008. The two articles dive into his numerous accomplishments that include his development of the Ada Simulation Development System, the EITAG reboost targeting and guidance algorithm that was selected for use with Space Station Freedom, receiving the NASA Certificate of Recognition for the Jacobi Integral Method, the Universal Simulation Executive, and the Minimum Wedge Targeting technique. In addition, Dr. Bob holds 14 U.S. patents, perhaps most notably for the Stanley Tools 85-610 Locking Wrench that he invented in 1982 after getting frustrated with crescent wrenches that continued to slip when working on heavy machinery. His most recent inspirational idea is to get a camera placed on the Moon to provide real-time video of the Earth.
Visit https://www.ae.utexas.edu/news/newsletters to download the full Fall 2018 Longhorn Liftoff newsletter and visit https://alum.mit.edu/slice/ticked-wrench-mit-engineer-fixed-his-place-tool-history for the Slice of MIT article.