Joseph Shoer is a spacecraft engineer, artist, and author located in Denver, Colorado.
Joseph is currently a spacecraft architect for deep space exploration missions at a major NASA contractor, specializing in small spacecraft. He has worked on four NASA science missions as well as several commercial and government spacecraft, covering all phases of the mission life cycle from proposal to flight operations.
Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Williams College and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with coursework in planetary science from Cornell University. He has contributed to science and technology research including solar physics, optical fiber pulse lasers, interactions between superconductors and magnetic fields, and multibody spacecraft dynamics. He received a Williams College award for his physics research and teaching, a graduate fellowship from NASA, several awards and achievements from the Civil Air Patrol, a patent for a spacecraft attitude control algorithm, and an early career Stellar Award from the RNASA Foundation. He has also won a monthly challenge award from the Cartographers’ Guild. Joseph’s blog has been featured by Gizmodo, io9, Wired, and the AIAA News; and his research has been featured on the National Geographic Channel.
Joseph’s hobbies and interests include following and speculating about space exploration, playing board games, reading and writing science fiction, and hiking in state and national parks.