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Joel J Hagan

Professor of the Practice
Systems Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-2546


Professor Joel Hagan is a 30-Year veteran of the Department of Defense Acquisition Community. He started his career in the U.S. Air Force serving as an aeronautical engineer conducting aircraft performance analysis and aircraft accident investigation. In 1997 he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and subsequently served multiple assignments in various flight test roles including the initial envelope expansion testing and avionics development of the F-22 and F-35 fighter aircraft. He also served in leadership roles as a Test Squadron Commander and Deputy Operations Group Commander. Professor Hagan progressed in his Air Force career holding multiple program management positions supporting the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and the Missile Defense Agency. His career culminated as the Commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency in Palmdale California overseeing multiple Defense contractor operations to include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Skunkworks (now Advanced Development Programs), and General Atomics. Upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2016 as a Colonel, Professor Hagan served as a DoD contractor conducting F-22 flight test operations and Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS) testing for the Defense Innovation Unit.
Teaching Interests
Flight Test<br>Combat systems<br>Program Management