Patrick Hobbins

Patrick Hobbins recently graduated from Purdue University in December of 2016 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering. While a student at Purdue, he interned at United Airlines. Along with the internship experience, he is a Pi Alpha, having ridden Journey of Hope North Route during the Summer of 2016. After graduation, he began working for HX5-Sierra under the TFOME II contract at NASA Glenn where he currently works as a Mechanical Test Engineer. In this position, he and a team of mechanical test engineers, electrical engineers, data engineers, researchers and technicians test new, state-of-the-art designs of future aerospace concepts at NASA Supersonic Wind Tunnel and Low-Speed Wind Tunnel. While tests can range from aircraft engine fans to full aerodynamic models, the team just finished a Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) test in the 8’x6’ wind tunnel. With this test, a scaled aircraft model was subjected to subsonic and supersonic airflow to provide meaningful aerodynamic and propulsion data, that will further strides in developing a supersonic passenger aircraft capable of flying over the United States (which is currently restricted due to prior legislation).