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1945-49 University of Colorado, B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering
1949-53 Cornell University, Ph.D. in Physics
1946 summer and fall: General Electric, plotting data from V-2 firings
at White Sands
1947 summer: General Electric, fabrication and test of a prototype ignitron-driven
control system for naval guns
1948 summer: General Electric, fabrication of a prototype air-driven
1949 summer: Douglas Aircraft, analysis of aerodynamic data for the
Nike Ajax missile
1950 summer: Douglas Aircraft, analysis of aerodynamics for the Honest
1949-1951 academic years, Cornell University, teaching physics to freshmen
1953-1954: Douglas Aircraft, Automatic Controls, analysis of advanced
1955: Flight Refueling, Inc., consultant in flight refueling systems
1954-1956: Aberdeen Proving Ground, U. S. Army, aerodynamic analysis
of ballistic range data
1956-1993: Douglas Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas, varied assignments
in research and development management.
MDC Career summary (Employee No. 05325)
In 1956, I was asked to solve the problem of keeping the Nike Zeus missile,
which was to be made of aluminum, from overheating. I helped set up
a Thermodynamics Group and solved the problem with an early use of computers
that showed that a layer of Teflon would keep the missile cool for the
short flight times involved. This was used on the successful development
program. (Bosses: Jim Gunkel, Ray Hallet, Max Hunter, Ned Weiler)
In 1962 I was asked to improve our company use of IRAD (Independent
Research and Development) funds, and this led to the creation of a Research
and Development Department to focus on technology critical to our future
business. This group captured nearly all the CRAD they bid on. (Bosses:
Bob Johnson, Ray Hallet, Joe Waisman)
In 1970 I was asked to learn enough about radar so that we could select
and manage a radar contractor for the Hardsite system, a defensive weapon
system designed to protect critical U. S. installations. We won the
job with General Electric-Syracuse as our subcontractor. Later, I was
asked to take over from Bell Labs the highly specialized radar detection
and discrimination of warheads from decoys. With a small group, our
digital simulations of radar responses solved the problems and we were
given the sole responsibility for this function. (Bosses: Jack Bromberg,
Don Black, John Gardner)
In 1976 I was asked to manage the IRAD program. We decentralized the
control, and helped the principal investigators to perform like talented
salesmen. As a result our scores became the highest in the MDC and matched
the best in industry. (Bosses: Jim Dorrenbacher, Ade O'Neal, Fred Sanders,
In 1983, based on my continuing expertise in radar, I was asked to
manage a highly classified intelligence program.
In 1984 I was asked to help the company win the Space Station project.
We won, and I was put in charge of the Advanced Development Projects
on Space Station. Our customer was very well-satisfied during the competitive
Phase B. On the final winning proposal I was responsible for the "Other
Factors" volume, including information in both technical and non-technical
areas. (Bosses: Bob Thompson, Dave Wensley, Tom Parkinson)
In 1987 I assisted in writing the executive summary of the MLV-II proposal.
This proposal won, became Delta II and is the basis of a major portion
of our business now. (Proposal boss: Don Magill)
In 1990 I was named as the proposal manager of the "Mobile Remote Manipulator
Development Facility" bid at Houston. I orchestrated the proposal, dealt
with all the interfaces, got the price as low as possible, and we won
the job. (Bosses: Monty Ratcliff, Bob Thompson)
In 1991 I was selected to be a key member of the Malcolm Baldrige application
for quality. This challenge resulted in an excellent submission for
evaluation. Our application's excellence compared better than most in
the Corporation. (Boss: Bonnie Soodik)
In 1992 I was asked to write the executive summary for the Centrifuge
Facility, a device that would go in the Space Station and spin plants
and animals. This proposal also won, although there were two bidders
and two winners. This project is still not decided, with the various
redesigns of Space Station influencing the authorization of the money.
Our last proposal named me as the Chief Scientist for this project.
(Bosses: Dave Richman, Dave Wensley, George Butler, Wayne Marcus)
On October 8, 1993, I retired from McDonnell Douglas after 43 years
- Ability to take complex ideas and explain them in simple words, oral and written
- Knowledge of a wide variety of technical areas of both science and
- Appreciation for the skills to make hardware as well as those for
- Excellent knowledge of the proposal process, inherent to winning
- Great team leadership ability and willingness to be on teams
- High productivity, especially flexible in taking advantage of computer
- High creativity
- Marvelous record at getting along with nearly everybody
- Good at view graph presentations. Started two Toastmaster Clubs
for the company.
- Recognized set of high ethical standards
- Familiarity with the strategic planning process
Current professional memberships and publications:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (Science)
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA Journal)
- American Physical Society (Physics Today)
- American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR Journal)
- Ancient Astronaut Society
- Center for UFO Studies (International UFO Reporter, or IUR)
- Electric Spacecraft Journal
- Fund for UFO Research (appointed to Board of Directors)
- Infinite Energy
- Journal of Galilean Electrodynamics
- Mutual UFO Network (appointed to Board of Directors, MUFON Journal)
- Rotary International (The Rotarian)
- Scientific American
- Sigma Xi (American Scientist)
- Society for Scientific Exploration (elected to Council, Journal
of Scientific Exploration)
- Toastmasters International (The Toastmaster)
External Publications of Robert M. Wood
- R. M. Wood and C. H. Murphy, "Aerodynamic Derivatives for Both Steady and
Nonsteady Motion of Slender Bodies, Journal of Aeronautical Sciences
22, pp 870-871, 1955.
- Robert M. Wood and R. J. Tagliani, "Heat Protection by Ablation,"
Aero/Space Engineering 19, pp 32-45, July 1960.
- R. M. Wood, H. T. Ponsford, R. E. Lowe, J. F. Madewell, "Thermostructural
Design — Entry Vehicles for Mars and Venus (presented at the American
Rocket Society Structural Design of Space Vehicles Conference), Douglas
Aircraft Company Engineering Paper 976, May 1960.
- Robert M. Wood, "Atmospheric Entry," presented at UCLA Short Course
on Thermal Management) May 1964.
- Robert M. Wood and Karl D. Wood, "Solar Motion and Sunspot Comparison,"
Nature 208, pp 127-131, 1965.
- Robert M. Wood, "The Giant Discoveries of Future Science," (presented
to the Vandenberg Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics on 19 March 1968), McDonnell Douglas Paper I-782,
August 1968. Subsequently regularly modified and presented 20-30 times
in 20 years, with 10 of them as an AIAA Distinguished Lecturer during
the years 1976-78.
- Robert M. Wood, "Giant Discoveries of Future Science" (presented
at the 48th annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science), Virginia
Journal of Science 21, 1970.
- Robert M. Wood, "Comparison of Sunspot Period with Planetary Synodic
Period Resonances, Nature 255, pp 312-313, May 1975.
- Robert M. Wood, "Testing the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis," (presented
to a joint meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
and the World Future Society), 27 September 1975.
- R. M. Wood, J. W. McKee, G. A. Kuck, D. R. Flaherty, "High-leverage
Advanced Development Projects to Meet Space Station Requirement, McDonnell
Douglas Corporation Paper Number MDC H1479, October 1985.
- R. J. Sirko, R. M. Wood, "Space Station Freedom as a Bridge to Future
Missions ó Technology Benefits" (presented to 26th Space Congress,
Cocoa Beach, Florida), MDC Report H5116. April 1989.
- Robert M. Wood, "The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis Is Not That Bad,"
Journal of Scientific Exploration 5, pp 103-111, 1991.
- Robert M. Wood, "How to Study Weird Things Gracefully," Treatment
and Research of Experienced Anomalous Trauma (TREAT V) Proceedings,
18 March 1993.
- Robert M. Wood, "A Little Physics...A Little Friction: A Close Encounter
with the Condon Committee," International UFO Reporter 18, pp 6-10,
- Robert M. Wood, "Did Biela's Comet Cause the Chicago and Midwest
Fires?", Society for Scientific Exploration Annual Meeting, 15-17
June 1995, Huntington Beach, California.
- Robert M. Wood, Foreword to "Unconventional Flying Objects" by Paul
R. Hill, Hampton Roads, 1995.
- Robert M. Wood, Book Review of "Top Secret/Majic" by Stanton T.
Friedman, Journal of Scientific Exploration 11, No. 1, 1997, p.100.
- Robert M. Wood, on the book review of Top Secret/Majic, with J.
Vallee, K. Randle, and S. Friedman, Journal of Scientific Exploration
11, No. 2, 1997, p 233.
- Robert M. Wood, "Critique of 'Roswell - Anatomy of a Myth'," Journal
of Scientific Exploration 12, No. 1, 1998, p. 127.
- Robert M. Wood, "Philip Corso: An Alternative Take," MUFON UFO Journal,
No. 352, August 1997, page 11.
- Robert M. and Ryan Wood, "Another Look at Majestic," MUFON UFO Journal
No. 371, March 1999, page 11.
Validating the New Majestic Documents (2 MB) by Robert M. Wood
Paper presented at the International MUFON Symposium in St. Louis, MO,
on July 15, 2000.