Robert Wingard

Founder, Risk Management Corporation

Robert (Bob) Wingard is the Founder and President of Risk Management Corporation, a privately held aerospace corporation that supports NASA. With over 40 years of on-site NASA experience, Bob has been involved in mission and spacecraft system engineering, power systems, mission project and risk management, observatory integration and testing, and system and subsystem hardware design and development. He is currently serving as a Senior Mission System Engineer for the Explorers Program Office with oversight across all Explorer missions and provides support to the Living With the Stars program office technical program manager. Bob was the lead system engineer in the architecture development and design for several missions, including the new HERMES science platform suite and control electronics. This platform is scheduled to be the 1st flight science payload on the Lunar Gateway Mission, the new NASA space station.

Bob has played several lead roles in different Goddard Space Flight Center projects, such as TERRA, MAP, UIT, COBE, GRO, SHOOT, CAPIL, SWIFT, IBEX, MRO, LADEE, TESS, and ICON. Additionally, he serves as a member of assessment teams convened under the authority of the NASA Headquarters sponsored Independent Project Assessment Office (IPAO). As an IPAO team member, he assists in determining the readiness of a project to proceed from project formulation into implementation. Bob is also a lecturer for the NASA’s Academy of Program Project Leadership (APPL) classes taught at Wallops Flight Center and other NASA Field Centers.

Bob is the lead designer and chief engineer for the development of the Wingard Motor Sports Electrical vehicle platform, which allows cross-platform component selection and integration using one system. He also led the design and development of the Shelby Series 2 Coupe, overseeing all aspects of the design and development, including the body and interior design and manufacturing, the onboard computer control system, power train configuration, and suspension and braking systems.