Grants & Awards

Through its grants and awards, The Lindbergh Foundation has honored many prominent individuals for their contributions to aviation and helped nurture talent and launch careers.

The Lindbergh Foundation has historically provided funds to accelerate progress and the adoption of new ideas in various fields. Over our namesake’s almost 100-year history, many grants have been awarded by The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation in the amount of $10,580 – the same cost needed by the late Charles Lindbergh to develop the Spirit of St. Louis. These awarded funds have helped recipients propel their work forward, and in some cases, helped them launch new careers.

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Robert Dell: Earth Artist & Environmental Engineer

Today, Geothermal Engineer and Sculptor Robert Dell resides with his wife in New York. Dell began his career as an artist and has created over 100 art installations around the world. Dell began his career in engineering by recirculating waste steam and COGEN heat to warm the soil of green roofs. This accelerated plant growth, extended the growing season, and enabled the survival of cultivars that normally grow in warmer climates. This included a small cotton harvest in New York City, with an oregano and tomato harvest in Iceland. Substantial amounts of drinking water, traditionally used to cool the waste fluid before it is discharged into the sewers, are now preserved.

“The Lindbergh Foundation grant was the first engineering-related grant I received,” said Robert Dell, “This enabled me to establish credibility in the engineering research community and enabled my career in the field of environmental engineering.”

Prof. Dell has taught numerous college courses in engineering and has given open lectures at Harvard, MIT, Columbia University, and many other venues. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology at The Cooper Union, where he is an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation. He has authored numerous award-winning, peer-reviewed papers on his heated soil research. He was awarded two Permanent Archives, The Robert Dell Papers at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, for his contributions as a “progenitor of sustainable art”, and The Robert Dell Collection at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Dell is the First Inventor on eleven registered patents.

Learn more about Robert Dells work:
https://vimeo.com/336923443
https://act.mit.edu/event/robert-dell-artists-and-archives/
https://engfac.cooper.edu//rdell

“The Lindbergh Foundation grant was the first engineering-related grant I received,” said Robert Dell, “This enabled me to establish credibility in the engineering research community and enabled my career in the field of environmental engineering.”

Prof. Dell has taught numerous college courses in engineering and has given open lectures at Harvard, MIT, Columbia University, and many other venues. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology at The Cooper Union, where he is an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation. He has authored numerous award-winning, peer-reviewed papers on his heated soil research. He was awarded two Permanent Archives, The Robert Dell Papers at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, for his contributions as a “progenitor of sustainable art”, and The Robert Dell Collection at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Dell is the First Inventor on eleven registered patents.

Learn more about Robert Dells work:
https://vimeo.com/336923443
https://act.mit.edu/event/robert-dell-artists-and-archives/
https://engfac.cooper.edu//rdell

Grant Recipients

Through its grants, The Lindbergh Foundation has helped nurture talent and launch promising careers:

  • Robert Dell
  • Tierney Theiss
  • Gordon Hampton
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Sally Ride - Notable Award Recipient

Award Recipients

Through its awards, The Lindbergh Foundation has honored many prominent individuals for their extraordinary contributions to aviation and the environment:

  • Harrison Ford
  • Sally Ride
  • Jacques Cousteau
  • Burt Rutan
  • Thomas Lovejoy
  • Russel Train
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