Darren L. Hitt, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Vermont

Director, Vermont Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR 

Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

Greetings. I am a Professor of the Mechanical Engineering  in the School of Engineering at the University of Vermont since January of 1998.  I am also the Director of the Vermont Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR Program for the State of Vermont.  

My background training is in the area of theoretical and experimental fluid dynamics, and my doctoral degree is in mechanical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  
My long-term research interests have dealt with the physics of complex flows on the micro/nano-scales and I approach these problems using a combination of theory, computation and experiment. More recent research activities have focused on the use of evolutionary computing techniques for orbital mechanics problems and in particular formation flying of small satellites.  

Current research projects involve: (1) micro-scale monopropellant propulsion for next-generation “nanosats” and "cubiesats" ; (2) multi-fluid flow configurations and reactive/non-reactive mixing in micro channels   and (3)  Evolutionary computing for orbital trajectory optimization for formations of small satellites. Past and current support for these studies come from National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). 

I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including: various thermo-fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics,  advanced engineering mathematics, and orbital mechanics.


Contact:  802.656.1940 or darren.hitt@uvm.edu