ARM Welcomes Dr. Robert Mandelbaum to its Board of Directors

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute Welcomes Dr. Robert Mandelbaum to its Board of Directors

Dr. Mandelbaum brings invaluable experience in government and industry defense work to the ARM Board

May 14, 2020 – The ARM Institute has welcomed Dr. Robert Mandelbaum from Lockheed Martin to its Board of Directors. Dr. Mandelbaum is the director of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), where he leads a group of applied research labs that help the corporation maintain technical leadership. In addition to his vast experience in industry, Dr. Mandelbaum has also worked in relevant government technical roles.

Prior to his current role at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Mandelbaum served as ATL’s Chief Technology Officer, where he led the technical direction and managed independent research funds. In that role, he served as a technical liaison to groups including the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Before joining ATL in September 2010, Dr. Mandelbaum served as a program manager at DARPA. There, he managed programs in the Information Processing Techniques, Tactical Technologies, and Transformational Convergence Technology offices. He initiated new programs such as Legged Squad Support System (LS3), and Autonomous Robotic Manipulation. He also managed a wide variety of other DARPA programs, including BigDog, LANdroids, and Learning Locomotion.

“ARM works with its 230+ member organizations to strengthen the US industrial base, acting as the confluence point for government, industry, and academia,” said Dr. Gary Fedder, interim ARM CEO and Member of the ARM Board, “Dr. Mandelbaum’s experience makes him uniquely positioned to guide ARM activities through his role on the Board. We forward to working more closely with him.”

Dr. Mandelbaum was an early supporter of the ARM Institute and served on our inaugural Stakeholder Executive Committee (SEC), working to represent the needs of the ARM Membership and aid in guiding organizational priorities.

“The ARM Institute leverages the best of Government, Academia, and Industrial power, serving as a catalyst to strengthen the US industrial base through the application of robotics. I am excited to join its Board of Directors,” said Dr. Mandelbaum.

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, ARM is funded by the Department of Defense and tasked with strengthening the US industrial base through collaboration between its 230+ member organizations across government, industry, and academia. The ARM Institute is part of the Manufacturing USA® network. Learn more at


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