The Robert Rivello Endowed Scholarship provides merit-based awards to undergraduate students in aerospace engineering who demonstrate high academic merit and/or research accomplishments, as well as a demonstrated commitment to leadership, mentorship, and/or service to the Department of Aerospace Engineering, the Clark School of Engineering, and/or the University of Maryland through their involvement or leadership in activities such as student government, student competition teams, or student chapters in professional societies.
A Washington native, Rivello graduated from McKinley High School and received his bachelor of science and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland. He served in the Air Force during World War II and the Korean War.
He joined the UMD staff in 1946, and during his tenure, twice served as chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department. He also worked part time at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laborator and authored "Theory and Analysis of Flight Structures," a textbook published by McGraw-Hill in 1969. Mr. Rivello was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa.