John Hurtado is the deputy director and chief technology officer of the Bush Combat Development Complex, and professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University. His research areas include aerospace systems and robotics, among others, and his work is being used at NASA and Sandia National Laboratories. His patented algorithms were developed for unique miniature robots that the Smithsonian Institution recently obtained for its permanent collection at the National Museum of American History.
Hurtado joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M in 2001. As an associate dean in the College of Engineering, Hurtado developed eight new academic programs and has provided research mentorship to 43 graduate students, several from underrepresented groups. Many of his students hold academic faculty positions or positions of leadership at national and research laboratories. Hurtado has been awarded numerous teaching excellence awards, has published more than 120 journal and conference publications, and is a co-owner of three U.S. patents.
Prior to his service at Texas A&M, Hurtado held engineering positions in experimental dynamics and robotics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He received a Ph.D. of philosophy and an master's of science in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M, and a bachelor's of science in aerospace engineering from San Diego State University.