Professor & Director

President Sullivan's Tribute to Darren Hitt 05-13-19

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Darren Hitt jointly served as the Director of the NASA's Vermont Space Grant Consortium and the VT NASA EPSCoR Program. An associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), he joined the UVM faculty in 1998 when he moved to Vermont from his native state of Maryland.


Greenfield, B., Louisos W.F., and Hitt D.L., 2018, “Impact of Dilute
Multiphase Phase Flow in Supersonic Micronozzles,” J. of Spacecraft &
Rockets, in press.

Gagne K.G., McDevitt M.R., and Hitt D.L, 2018, “A Dual Mode Propulsion
System for Small Satellite Applications,” Aerospace 2018, 5(2),

Hinckley D.W. and Hitt D.L., “Evolutionary Approach to Lambert's Problem
for Non-Keplerian Spacecraft Trajectories,” Aerospace 2017, 4(3), 47;

Pearl J.P., Louisos W. and Hitt D.L. 2017, “Thrust Calculation for Low
Reynolds Number Micronozzles,” J. of Spacecraft & Rockets, Vol. 54,
No. 1 (2017), pp. 287-298.

McDevitt M.R. and Hitt D.L. 2017, “Numerical Study of Liquid Phase Hydrogen
Peroxide Decomposition in Catalytic Micro-Reactors,” Advances in Aircraft &
Spacecraft Science, Vol. 4 (1).

McDevitt M.R. and Hitt D.L., 2015, “Numerical Study of Microscale
Monopropellant Fuel Injection Using Two-Phase Slug Formation,” J. of
Propulsion & Power , Vol.31: 664-673, 10.2514/1.B35358

Eldredge, J.D., Senocak, I., Dawson, P., Canino, J., Liou, W.W., LeBeau, R.,
Hitt, D.L., Rumpfkeil, M.P., and Cummings, R.M., 2014, “A Best Practices
Guide to CFD Education in the Undergraduate Curriculum,” International
Journal of Aerodynamics, Vol 4 (3-4), pp. 200-236, doi:

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Small spacecraft propulsion and engineering; orbital mechanics and trajectory optimization.


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University



  • 802-656-1940
Office Location:

361-A Votey Hall

Courses Taught

  • ME 230 Astrodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 239 Rocket Propulsion (Spring)