George Hazelrigg obtained a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJIT), and his MA, MSE, and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He worked for six years in the aerospace industry at Curtiss-Wright, General Dynamics, and the Jet Propulsion Lab, and taught engineering at NJIT, Princeton University, University of California at San Diego, Polytechnic University, Ajou University in Korea and École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal.
In the early 1970's, he helped to form a consulting company where he worked for seven years. In 1982, he joined the National Science Foundation. For the next 35 years, he ran seven research programs in four different divisions, served as deputy division director and acting division director for the Division of Electrical, Communications, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) and the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), and oversaw annual research budgets of up to $210 million. In January 1996, he was station science leader of the U.S. South Pole Station. He is a certified flight instructor in gliders (CFI-G) with more than 2,000 total flying hours. Hazelrigg's are of research is systems engineering theory and engineering design decision making. He also offers training, guidance, and a three-credit course on research proposal writing.
- PhD, Aerospace engineering, Princeton University
- MSE, Aerospace engineering, Princeton University
- MA, Aerospace engineering, Princeton University
- MS, Mechanical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
- BS, Mechanical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology