Dr. Darren Hartl
Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Dr. Hartl has held joint appointments at the Air Force Research Laboratory as a contracted Research Scientist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate and as a Visiting Researcher in the Aerospace Systems Directorate. His work has bridged the topics of advanced multi-functional material systems and their integration into aerospace platforms using genotype–phenotype topological approaches. He has spent five years as TEES Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M and has recently accepted a traditional tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment. His team works on projects ranging from self-folding origami-based structures to self-regulating morphing radiators for spacecraft to advanced actuators for avian-inspired aircraft. Darren has over 15 years of experience working with Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) and morphing structures. His efforts have included both experimental and theoretical studies and he has worked collaboratively with both governmental and industrial sponsors considering medical, oil exploration, aeronautical, and space-related applications. In his previous appointment as Assistant Director of the Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute, he has also served the world’s major airframe and propulsion companies in collaboration with governmental agencies to develop novel joint research and development programs benefiting from a common industry voice, including the first ever effort to establish aerospace standards toward the flight certification of shape memory alloys.