About Me

I am a senior at RPI, studying aerospace engineering and searching for a technical position that matches my background. This website is a side project intended to present my experience and qualifications to potential employers. Other than my coursework, I am working as an undergraduate research assistant and leading the payload design team for RPI's rocket club. I just finished my 7-month co-op at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and I am set to graduate in May of 2017. Please feel free to explore my site and contact me with any questions.

Contact Details

Joe Hatch
(508) 298-2827


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering May 2017

GPA: 3.5 / 4.0

Relevant Courses: Space Vehicle Design, Propulsion Systems, Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics Lab, Aerospace Struct and Materials, Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems, Numerical Computing, Strength of Materials, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (JPL), Intro to Cognizant Eng. (JPL), Engineering Graphics and CAD.

Undergraduate Research - Center for Flow Physics and Control

Rensselaer Rocket Society - Treasurer '15-'16, Payload Team Lead (Current)


NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mechanical Engineering Co-op January 2016 - August 2016

At JPL, I worked mostly in design, testing, and documentation for the Entry, Descent, and Landing Group for the Mars 2020 project. Here is a list of hardware that I worked on:

Separations and Pyro Devices

Bridle and Umbilical Device

Detachable Belly Panel

Descent Stage Propulsion Lines

Center for Flow Physics and Control

Undergraduate Research Assistant May 2014 - Present

At CeFPaC, I have been assisting in the manufacturing and testing of active flow control devices. Here is a list of projects that I have assisted:

Characterization of Transitional Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate (Northrop-Grumman) – Dr. Burak Tuna

Interactions of a Dynamic Vortex Generator with a Cross-flow (Boeing) – Erica Cruz, Ph.D. student

Manufacturing of Synthetic Jet Actuators (Boeing) – Kevin Housley, Ph.D. student

I have spent the majority of my time on the synthetic jet project. I have been introduced to Particle Image Velocimetry and have become proficient with Constant Temperature Anemometry with a hotwire.


Below is a list of my relevant Computer, Laboratory, and General Engineering skills.

  • NX CAD (Unigraphics)
  • MatLab
  • Solid Works
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Constant Temperature Anemometry with a Hotwire
  • NI LabView
  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Wolfram Mathematica


  • Chris Chatellier

    JPL - Mars 2020

    Cognizant Engineer - Separations and Pyro Devices

    Worked the closest with me during my co-op.


  • Dr. Michael Amitay

    CeFPaC - Director

    Supervised my active flow control project at CeFPaC.


  • John Sicker

    Atmospheric Sciences Research Center – University at Albany

    Rocket Club mentor.


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