Meet Joseph Huang, Ph.D.
NASA Ames Research Center
Who I Am
I am a Mechanical Engineer. I design and analyze the mechanical parts
used to mount the wind tunnel models. I make sure that the mechanical
parts will work and the testing will be successful. For the upcoming Wright
Flyer Test in the Ames 40X80 Wind Tunnel, I designed the mechanical parts,
called the roll stop, which will be able to resist the forces generated
by the rolling action of the Wright Flyer during the wind-on test runs.
The rolling action is the wing dipping motion which usually occurs during
My Career Path
When I was in the grade school, I was very fascinated watching different
airplanes flying in the sky. Those airplanes were so heavy that a question
always came into my mind. How were they able to fly high in the sky and
carry lots of passengers? To find answers to my puzzles, I developed interest
in the mechanical design and studied mechanical engineering in college
and graduate school. I have been at Ames for 11 years and have worked
on numerous wind tunnel test projects. My career path turned out to be
Why I Like my Job
I always felt very happy and productive when a wind tunnel test project
was successfully completed. Sometimes, scope and schedule changes as well
as cancellations occur. These unexpected events can cause frustration.
As a Child
During my childhood, I often watched people making mechanical pieces for
equipment, including bicycles, cars, boats and model airplanes. I also
read books talking about mechanical parts design.
A young person should make very effort to do the following: Visit museums;
Discuss mechanical design career with parents, teachers or engineers;
Get practical experience when opportunity arises.
My father always encouraged me to pursue my career.
My Future Goals
I plan to continue working on wind tunnel test projects and to make sure
that testing will turn out to be successful, and test results are useful
for research and development. I will be involved in many interesting test
projects in the future, and I will certainly enjoy working on every one