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Howie was a really super engineer, manager, and person. I always remember him as the lead subcontracts engineering manager in R5 where he led the team which included Yo Wakamiya and Phil Yarborough among others. It was a pleasure for my Hardness & Survivability guys to work and travel with Howie and his team. He contributed to the success of our R5/M4 programs.
Don, there was “good” on NPOESS? The program was mismanaged and over run which led to NASA going their own way from the AF.
The LA Times has yet another story on Si in today’s edition. The link is
The site has an excellent 7 minute video by the National Academy of Engineers on Si when he made 100 years old.
Si Ramo made TRW an elite and prestigious place for engineers and scientists to work. His concept of an office for every engineer and scientist was unprecedented in the Aerospace industry. Every practicing manager should read his 2005 book “Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings: Getting Things Done When People Are Involved”, in which he estimated that 3/4 of all the meetings he ever attended could have been shorter with more useful results! His start of work in the ballistic missile arena precipitated the need to form TRW’s Vulnerability & Hardness Lab in 1968 (the lab’s name was subsequently changed to the Hardness & Survivability Lab by Dr. Don Jortner).
Peace to a truly great man who will always be remembered. Thank you, Dr. Ramo for your “all” that you gave us.
Sounds like a high school type crazy idea since we haven’t had any incidents in SP.
What would Si say?