Hermanus (Manie) P. Van Der Schijff

Contact Information: 

Received:  M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2013
Received:  B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2011

Internships and Co-ops:

  • Graduate Intern, GE Industrial Commercial, Plainville, CT, 2011
  • Design Intern, GE Wind Turbine Design, Greenville, SC, 2010
  • Manufacturing Engineering, GE Steam Turbine Final Assembly, Schenectady, NY  2009


  • Aerospace Engineer, Integrated Test Operations, Blue Origin LLC, Kent WA, 1/20/16 - present

At Blue Origin I am part of the integrated test team where we plan and conduct all integrated testing for the New Shepard sub-orbital rocket (the only rocket in history that has been to space, landed and reused) and support our launch operations at our Texas launch site.

  • Aerospace Engineer, Orbital ATK (formally Orbital Sciences), 1/20/14 - 1/20/16

While at Orbital ATK I worked on the Stratolaunch Air Launch rocket upper stage rocket planning development and validation testing and coordinating all future test plans, sites and hardware. When the project was suspended I moved to the satellite propulsion test and launch group where I tested the propulsion systems of satellites and spacecraft (such as Cygnus) and travelled to the launch sites to complete testing and load propellants on to the satellites.

Research Area of Interest:

My interest is in the design, application and testing of new aerospace technologies, specifically related but not limited to fluid systems.



Joined CeFPaC: 
September 2011
CeFPaC Experience: 

I started as an undergraduate research assistant for Tyler Van Buren, designing test components, wind tunnels and conducting testing for him.  After graduating, I joined CeFPaC (formerly FCRL) working on an active flow control integrated diffuser. Working at CeFPaC provided me with an immense amount of hands on experience as well as the opportunity to apply theory that I learned in the classroom on actual hardware.  I credit my time at CeFPaC for getting me where I am today.