Staff Directory

Robert B Stone

(703) 292-4613
E 13316
Division Director


Dr. Stone is currently serving as the Division Director for the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division at the National Science Foundation as an IPA from Oregon State University where he is a Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Previously, he was the Co-Director of the OSU site of the Center for E-Design (a NSF I/UCRC).  Dr. Stones research interests include design theories and methodologies, specifically ontologies for product architectures, functional representations and automated conceptual design techniques.  He leads the Design Engineering Lab (  Stone was the Head of the School of MIME from 2011-2015 where he hired 22 new faculty and managed a student enrollment increase of over 200% in the School's professional school and graduate programs. Previously, he utilized his design background to assist in creating the design-focused Interdisciplinary Engineering degree program at the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has authored chapters on product architecture and reverse engineering techniques in product design texts.  At Rolla he served as Director of the interdisciplinary Student Design and Experiential Learning Center from January 2004 through June 2008 where he oversaw the design competition activities of ten teams and guided the Centers new engineering design and experiential learning initiative.  Prior to initiating his graduate work, Dr. Stone worked in the Missions Operation Directorate of NASA-Johnson Space Center as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller for the Guidance, Navigation and Control Section.  Stone completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.