Robert Ravera '56 - Aerospace and Surface Transportation R & D
After graduation from Mepham in 1956, Robert Ravera went on to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, earning an Engineering degree in 1960. From Pratt he went to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, earning both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in applied mechanics.
Activities in high school included track, Knights of Columbus (Squires), and Explorers. in college he was active in dorm council, student council, student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Rocket Society, ROTC, and Color Guard.
Bob's career began at Lehigh in 1960 where he pursued his graduate degrees and worked for Grumman Aircraft in the summers. He went on to work for major companies like Bell Labs, MITRE Corp., U. S. Dept. of Transportation, as well as others, and finally formed the consulting firm of RJR Aviation in Reston, Va., where he is currently president. He also is an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
Dr. Ravera's major field of endeavor is aerospace and surface transportation research and development. His long and distinguished career has taken him through the aerospace and transportation industries where he has planned and developed countless projects in transportation, air traffic control, satellite-based navigation, NASA communications systems, and other projects throughout the country and the world. He has worked on the NASA Skylab and Apollo programs specializing in spacecraft control systems.
Dr. Ravera has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career, recognized both nationally and internationally. He has many publications and has been on international committees and associations. He has also served his community by membership in the Lions International, board member and treasurer of the Ridge Townhome Association, the Bryce Resort planning committee, and is currently candidate for the board of the Skyebryce Homeowners Association.
Bob and his wife, Virginia, have two daughters, Michele and Elizabeth, and reside in Basye, Virginia.
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