National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Hubert Wong

Hubert WongUniversity of California at Berkeley

  • B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, May 2012

NASA Academy Research Project:

Alternative Fuels/Subsonic Fixed Wing & Environmentally Responsible Aviation

Principal Investigator:

Jennifer Suder Klettlinger
Research Chemical Engineer

Hometown: San Marino, CA


Academic and Work Experience

  • Aerospace Engineering Assistant Space Sciences Laboratory (2010‐Present)
    • MAVEN and RBSP Missions
    • Model, design, and assemble spacecraft instrumentation and ground support equipment
    • Aid in mechanical testing (i.e. functional deployment, vacuum testing)
  • Manufacturing Eng./Engineering Design InternJet Propulsion Laboratory (2009)
    • Div. 37: Prototype and R&D Machining, Section 376: Propulsion and Fluid System Services
    • Collaborated with propulsion and manufacturing engineers to redesign Thermal Control Units’ fluid flow system after reviewing the various problems of previous design. Designed improved version and created a solid model to aid manufacture and assembly process.
    • Section 375: Mechanical Prototype and Hardware Fabrication
    • Modeled 3D floor plan of machine shop to provide scientists and engineers manufacturing capabilities (i.e. fabrication size limits, ideal machine for fabrication, etc.)
  • Space Systems Engineer Intern Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2008
    • Div. 31: Mission Concepts, Section 315: Earth Mission Concepts
    • Assisted Deputy Systems Engineer in mission concept generation in TeamX meetings.
    • Constructed new mission architecture with team of engineers and scientists.
    • Trajectory Engineer for student mission group
    • Composed abstracts and proposal presentations for future earth missions.
  • Fuel Cell Research Assistant Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2007
    • Div. 35: Electrochemical Technologies
    • Designed and conducted experiment to collect data regarding fuel cell catalyst efficiency and from various substrates. Aided in substrate preparation including thin film sputtering.
    • Designed improved substrate‐masking mechanism to obtain higher sputtering accuracy and precision. Developed CAD skills in drafting mask designs

Memberships and Activities

  • AIAA Student Society at Cal-Chair
  • Cal AIAA DBF Team – Wing Design Lead
  • AIAA SF Branch Council – Young Professionals Chair
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering National Honor Society
  • Cal Men’s Volleyball Team
  • University Symphony Orchestra

Honors and Awards

  • Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award (2009,2010)
  • Eagle Scout (2007)

Skills and Certifications

  • Computer Programs and Languages: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, COMSOL,Matlab/Simulink, C++, Microsoft Office

Hobbies and Interests

  • Athletics
  • Music
  • Freeflight Models
  • Outdoors

Personal Statement

Growing up, I was constantly pushed to succeed—to study hard, to attain good grades, and to be the best. Although many may define achievement in this manner, I learned at an early age that being successful resulted while pursuing one’s passions.

Ever since my father brought home a model Boeing 747-400, I have been hooked on aviation. In and outside of school, I seized any opportunity related to the field of aeronautics/astronautics. In both middle and high school, I participated in an event called “Wright Stuff” through Science Olympiad where students constructed free flight models aiming for the longest flight time. When I first began competing, I had no idea what I was doing. The students who had participated in years before experienced little success and failed to provide any useful resources. Despite the hapless situation, I was determined to overcome the present obstacles. One option was to purchase kits. However, I believed constructing my own designs and learning through trial and error would allow myself to gain more than utilizing commercial kits. Through perseverance and sacrifice, I was able to produce designs of my own that consistently placed in the top 5 in both regional and state levels of competition.

Entering college, I was ecstatic to finally begin focusing on my interests in engineering. Unfortunately, UC Berkeley did not offer an aerospace engineering program. As I was set on pursuing aeronautics/aerospace, I did not allow the lack of curriculum to stymie my passion for aviation. As many classmates shared my circumstance—hoping to pursue aeronautics/aerospace but chose Berkeley over other universities because of its great engineering program— I seized the opportunity to found an AIAA student chapter at Cal. Through this student group, I have helped to establish projects such as flight competition and CubeSAT mission teams to provide students hands-on experience and exposure to the field. My ultimate goal for this student organization is to generate a curriculum for students like myself to have opportunities to pursue their passion for aeronautics/aerospace without having to sacrifice quality education.

Although the journey proved challenging and discouraging at times, the road has helped me not only develop my interests, but also mature as an engineer and a member of society. Thanks to the gracious and perpetual support of my parents, David and Mee-li, and my sister, Hetty, I have been able to pursue my passions in the past, and will continue to in the present and future.

Professional and Educational Objective

As an engineering student at UC Berkeley, I have had the great opportunity to study and learn the trade of mechanical engineering. Post graduation, I plan to pursue my lifelong passion of aerospace/aeronautics in graduate school in a concentration I am still deciding. As of now, I am not certain whether I wish to remain in academia or to transition to industry. However, I am absolutely certain that I desire my future career to be one where my work impacts society and facilitates the progression of technology and scientific understanding.