Spacecraft dynamics and technology development. Space exploration. Mission concept design. System architecture.
[2006-2011] Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- M.S., Aerospace Engineering (2009)
- Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering with minor in Astronomy (2011)
- Coursework in dynamic systems, spacecraft dynamics, multivariable controls, and planetary astronomy
- Research in spacecraft systems, dynamics, control, and technology development
[2002-2006] Williams College, Williamstown, MA
- B.A., Physics, Cum Laude with Honors Thesis (2006)
- Coursework in Newtonian mechanics, quantum mechanics, optics, and electromagnetic theory
[2013-pres] Senior Member of Technical Staff, a private R&D lab
[2011-2013] Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer, a Major Commercial Space Systems Company
- Proposed system architectures and mission concepts for low-thrust transfer orbits
- Performed many spacecraft dynamics simulations for algorithm development and software qualification
- Conducted stability analyses for spacecraft contingency operations
- Simulated multibody appendage deployment sequence for attitude transient analysis
- Contributed to analysis and algorithm development for integration of a new sensor system
- Developed MATLAB visualization tools for GNC simulation analysis
[2007-2010] Teaching Assistant, Cornell University College of Engineering
- Courses taught: Feedback Control Systems, Applied Systems Engineering, and Spacecraft Engineering
 NASA Student Intern, Johnson Space Center
- Interned in the Loads and Structural Dynamics Branch (JSC-ES6)
- Developed multibody dynamics simulation of Lunar Electric Rover Concept suspension system
[2003-2006] Tutor and Student Coordinator, Math/Science Resource Center, Williams College
- Conducted weekly physics tutoring sessions for 5-15 students (2003-2006)
- Organized and coordinated all student tutors in math and the sciences (2005-2006)
[2004, 2005] Summer Research Student, Fiber Laser Lab, Physics Department, Williams College
- Investigated behavior of an all-fiber picosecond pulse laser
- Developed numerical simulations of the fiber laser
[2001, 2002] Summer Intern, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Developed code for TRACE satellite image analysis and data processing
Dynamics analysis, control design, numerical simulation, image processing, and graphical modeling. Laboratory experience with class IV lasers, superconductors, magnetic systems, cryogenics, motion capture, system identification, and microgravity flight testing. Programming and scientific computing experience with MATLAB, Simulink, Mathematica, HTML, Java, Perl, C++, and LabVIEW. Graphical modeling experience with MATLAB, MSC/ADAMS, SketchUp, and Radiant. Additional computing experience with PhotoShop, GIMP, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Visio.
- Shoer, J. and Peck, M., "Flux-Pinned Interfaces for the Assembly, Manipulation, and Reconfiguration of Modular Space Systems," Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 57, no. 3, 2011.
- Shoer, J., Wilson, W., Jones, L., Knobel, M., and Peck, M., "Microgravity Demonstrations of Flux Pinning for Station-Keeping and Reconfiguration of CubeSat-Sized Spacecraft," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 2010.
- Shoer, J. and Peck, M., "Reconfigurable Spacecraft as Kinematic Mechanisms," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 2009.
- Shoer, J. and Peck, M., "Stiffness of a Flux-Pinned Virtual Structure for Modular Spacecraft," Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. 2009.
- Betts, B. et al., "Microrovers for Assisting Humans on the Moon and Elsewhere: Microrover Catalog, Requirements, and General Design Conclusions," AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition. 2011.
- Shoer, J. and Peck, M., "Simulation of Multibody Spacecraft Reconfiguration through Sequential Dynamic Equilibria," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010.
- Shoer, J. and Peck, M., "Sequences of Passively Stable Dynamic Equilibria for Hybrid Control of Reconfigurable Spacecraft," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit. 2009.
- Wilson, W., Shoer, J., and Peck, M., "Demonstration of a Magnetic Locking Flux-Pinned Revolute Joint for Use on CubeSat-Standard Spacecraft," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit. 2009.
- Shoer, J., "Flux-Pinned Interfaces for the Assembly, Manipulation, and Reconfiguration of Modular Space Systems," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, Honolulu, HI, AIAA-2008-7233. 2008. "Best Paper in Session" award.
- Shoer, J. and Peck, M., "A Flux Pinned Magnet-Superconductor Pair for Close-Proximity Station Keeping and Self-Assembly of Spacecraft," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, Hilton Head, SC, AIAA-2007-6352. 2007.
- Reeves, K.K. et al., "New Observations of Oscillating Coronal Loops," Eos Trans. AGU, 82(47), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract SH11A-0704. 2001.
Thesis and Dissertation
- Shoer, Joseph. "Dynamics of Reconfigurable Multibody Space Systems Connected by Magnetic Flux Pinning." Dissertation, Cornell University. 2011.
- Shoer, Joseph. "Simulation of a Passively Modelocked All-Fiber Laser with Nonlinear Optical Loop Mirror." Thesis, Williams College. 2006.
Invited Talks and Appearances
[16 Nov 12] Gyroscopes and Spacecraft Controls
- Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers; co-speaker
[8 Feb 12] Science in Science Fiction
- Global Physics Despartment; colloquium speaker
[9 Jun 11] Known Universe: Construction Zone
- BASE Productions for the National Geographic Channel; technical consulting and guest appearance
[10 Apr 09] Flux-Pinned Modular Spacecraft and Engineering After Williams
- Williams College Department of Physics; colloquium speaker
- Shoer, Joseph. "The Physics of Space Battles." Gizmodo, 19 Dec 2009.
- [2006-2007] NASA/New York Space Grant Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
-  Howard P. Stabler Prize in Physics, Williams College
-  Frank G. Brewer Award for Excellence in Aerospace Education, Northeast Region Civil Air Patrol
-  Major General Billy Mitchell Award, National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol
Activities and Professional Organizations
[2010-2011] NASA Student Ambassador
[2007-2011] American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Student Member
[2006-2007] Sigma Xi, Student Member
[2007-2010] Ithaca Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Deputy Commander for Cadets and Aerospace Education Officer
- Planned and supervised the implementation of Cadet Program activities
- Conducted aerospace education outreach for cadets and senior members
- Attained grade of 1st Lieutenant
- Rated Aerospace Education Officer (Technician Level)
- Rated Cadet Programs Officer (Technician Level)
- Squadron Leadership School graduate
[1999-2004] Lt Col Frank Pocher Minute-man Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Commander
- Planned squadron activities and oversee cadet staff
- Planned training exercises
- Instructed cadets and track cadet progress
- Attained grade of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant
- Received General Billy Mitchell Award (national award)
- Received Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award (Massachusetts and Northeast Region awards)
- Received Massachusetts Wing Cadet of Distinction Award
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