CDR HANS C. GOVERTSEN
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
CDR Govertsen graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, CDR Govertsen served as an Engineering Officer in Training (EOIT) aboard USCGC Rush home-ported in Honolulu, Hawaii. CDR Govertsen was selected for Naval Flight Training at Pensacola and earned his wings of gold in 2001. He reported to Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey prior to 9/11 and was one of the first crews to establish the Rotary-Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) mission with the U.S. Secret Service. The RWAI mission is the basis of the aviation defense of the National Capital Region (NCR) operation. In 2004, CDR Govertsen was selected for the Aviation Engineering Officer Training program and transferred to Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico to complete his syllabus while filling the Assistant Aviation Engineer position. While at Air Station Borinquen, he was involved with migrant and narcotic interdiction operations and hurricane relief for the Greater and Lesser Antilles. While at Air Station Borinquen, he received his red-rag representing Aviation Engineering course-completion in 2006. In 2008, CDR Govertsen was transferred to Air Station New Orleans to fill the Aviation Engineering Officer position. During this tour, he was involved with hurricane recovery operations following Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike. CDR Govertsen responded to the manpower and asset surge following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill. In 2011, he was selected for the Coast Guard Graduate Program and attended Purdue University where he earned a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical Engineering.
Following graduation in June 2013, CDR Govertsen reported to USCGA as a rotating military faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Section.
- M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2013
- B.S., Civil Engineering, US Coast Guard Academy, 1997