Tyler Robarge

Hertz Fellow: Tyler Robarge

Purdue University

Area of Study

Aeronautics, Astronautics

Fellowship Years

2003 - present

Tyler Robarge is a lieutenant colonel and experimental test pilot in the U.S. Air Force, currently serving as programs branch chief in Air Force Test and Evaluation at the Pentagon.

Tyler received a BS in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was the top overall graduate in the class of 2003. He then attended Purdue University as a Hertz Fellow from 2003 to 2005, receiving his MS in aeronautical engineering. While at Purdue, his research focused on computational methods of predicting laminar-to-turbulent boundary layer transition on hypersonic vehicles. Tyler is currently on a military leave of absence from the Hertz Fellowship.

Tyler is an experienced F-16 and F-22 fighter pilot with operational tours in Italy and South Korea and sixty-two combat missions in Afghanistan in 2010. In 2013, he attended the Empire Test Pilots’ School in the United Kingdom on exchange with the Royal Air Force, where he was awarded the McKenna Trophy as the top test pilot graduate. He was then stationed at Edwards Air Force Base as an F-22 test pilot. In 2016, he was “promoted” to a Pentagon desk job, but hopes to get back to flying soon.

Tyler is from Fishers, Indiana, but has lived in ten states and three foreign countries. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his incredible family.