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103. Engineering[X]
1Name:  Dr. Walter L. Robb
 Institution:  Vantage Management, Inc. & General Electric
 Year Elected:  2000
 Class:  1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
 Subdivision:  103. Engineering
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1928
 Death Date:  March 23, 2020
Walter Robb received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and went on to work for GE. Robb retired from General Electric as a Senior Vice President-Corporation Research and Development and became President of Vantage Management, Inc. Robb was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the National Medal of Technology in 1993 for his leadership in developing the leading CT and MRI scanners. In addition, he was the author of numerous technical publications and the holder of twelve patents. He served on the board of many private companies and serves as a Director of Celgene, and Mechanical Technology. Walter Robb died March 23, 2020 in Schenectady, New York at the age of 91.
2Name:  Dr. Sheila E. Widnall
 Institution:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Year Elected:  2000
 Class:  1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
 Subdivision:  103. Engineering
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1938
Sheila Widnall has been a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation and vice chair of its board, a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation, a director of the Aerospace Corporation, Draper Laboratories, ANSER Corporation and Chemical Fabrics Incorporated, a trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, and a member of the Council of the Smithsonian Institution of Washington. She was a member of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government and is a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a director of the Atlantic Council. Dr. Widnall's research activities in fluid dynamics have included the following: boundary layer stability; unsteady hydrodynamic loads on fully wetted and supercavitating hydrofoils of finite span; unsteady lifting-surface theory; unsteady air forces on oscillating cylinders in subsonic and supersonic flow; unsteady leading-edge vortex separation from slender delta wings; tip-vortex aerodynamics; helicopter noise; aerodynamics of high-speed ground transportation vehicles; vortex stability; aircraft-wake studies; turbulence; and transition. Dr. Widnall earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964 and has taught there for over 40 years. From 1979-90 she directed the Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory and in 1986 was named Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics. She currently holds the title of Institute Professor at M.I.T.
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