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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (October 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467972908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467972901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Robert F. Brodsky, retired from TRW Space and Technology (1980-1988) and the University of Southern California (1981-1996), is a Fellow of AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics) and a national Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award winner. His 46 year career in aerospace started in 1949 at Sandia Corporation, where he was responsible for the aerodynamic design of most of our early atomic bombs and the first H-bomb. He was Chief of Aerodynamics at Convair/Pomona; Chief Engineer of Space-General and Paris-based Manager of European Operations for Aerojet-General; and, before TRW where he was a Senior Systems Engineer/Program Manager and Director, Technology Planning, he was Professor and Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University (1971-80), where he introduced pioneering courses in space systems design and techniques of remote sensing from space. He was Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Engineering at USC from 1981-1996, and continues as Prof. (ret.) of Astronautical Engineering. In February 2012, he was cited by the President of USC for his work in Astronautical Engineering education and industry practice. He holds a BME degree from Cornell University (’46), an MS Math from the University of New Mexico('57), an M. Aeron. E. from NYU('48), and a Doctor of Science in Engineering degree from NYU ('50). He served in the US Navy in WW2. He is listed in “Who’s Who in – America”; - in the World”; - in Engineering and Science”; and in -American Education”. He is presently engaged as an author, a consultant, a sailor, a lecturer and, until January 2012, the Secretary/Historian of the South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club. Of his five books, two encompass stories from his engineering life; two are about traditional jazz music, and one includes stories and musings from his life: Titles are (see Amazon.com/books): ON THE CUTTING EDGE (Annals of Engineering) ISBN 10-1-884092-62-6. Gordian Knot Books, 2006 .(Amazon.com/books,Microcosm,Inc. book store) A PILGRIM MUDDLES THROUGH (Annals from a Life) May 2008. ISBN 978-0-615-27216-0. FOXBRO Press SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SANG TO ME (with CD) (out of print) Published in 2008. FOXBRO Press. “Loan” copies are available from author. THE WORLD IN A JUG (The Lore of New Orleans and Dixieland Jazz) June, 2010 ; ISBN-13 9781439266489, FOXBRO Press (Amazon.com) CATCH A ROCKET PLANE October 2012 ISBN; 1467972908 , Amazon.com/books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron-O on November 26, 2012
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Loved the book It presents about 50 years of the "golden years of aerospace". Provides perspective into many historical programs that were not public knowledge at the time, due to security classifications. It was a beautiful walk down the aerospace "memory lane".
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Following his 'final' retirement from Industry (1988) and Academia (1996), Dr. Robert F. Brodsky began documenting high lights from his long and distinguished career in the aerospace engineering field, and in traditional jazz music. He has now published five books and several short stories - all aimed at showing how exciting a career in both music and in engineering could be; as the successive ages of atomic weapons, missiles, space, and computers whizzed by.
Dr. RF (Bob) Brodsky, retired from TRW Space and Technology (1988) and from the University of Southern California's Astronautical Engineering Department (1996), is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a national Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award winner. His 46 year career in aerospace consisted of approximately equal parts of working in industry and university teaching. His first job was at Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque, where he was responsible for the aerodynamic design of most of our early atomic bombs and the first H-bomb. He was Chief of Aerodynamics at Convair/Pomona (Calif.) which specialized in guided missilery ; Chief Engineer of Space-General in Los Angeles and Paris-based Manager of European Operations for Aerojet-General working in advanced space programs; and before joining TRW, where he was Director of Technology Planning at their Redondo Beach, California, campus, he was Professor and Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University in Ames.
He has a BME degree from Cornell University, an MS Math from the University of New Mexico, an M.Aeron.E. from NYU, and a Doctor of Science in Engineering degree from NYU (1950). He has been listed in "Who's Who in America" since the 60's after being the subject of an article in TIME magazine. This is the 1963 article which introduced the idea of the Space Lifeboat for rescue from a space station. He is also listed in "Who's Who in - American Education;- in Science and Engineering; and - in the World".
As of the end of 2013, he had published 5 books: "On the Cutting Edge"; "Songs My Mother Never Sang To Me";"A Pilgrim Muddles Through"; "The World in a Jug" and "Catch a Rocket Plane". The author has a few copies of "Songs My Mother Never Sang To Me" available for loan - rfoxbro@aol.com. His 6th book, in collaboration with his wife, is about their several world wide homes and round-the-world excursions: "Pat and Bob TRIP the Light Fantastic".It was published in October, 2014.