Joe graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His first assignment was at the NASA Johnson Space Center as a contractor with Boeing, where he trained crews of several successful Space Shuttle missions in various simulators and the neutral buoyancy pool. Joe was awarded a master degree research grant by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed a fuzzy logic vibration control system for the International Space Station. He then accepted a position at the Canadian Space Agency where he worked on developing robotic technologies and served as the manager of a tele-operation testbed. Joe continued his career with Boeing in El Segundo, CA where he served as the Spacecraft Manager for several GEO satellites including Anik-F1 and TDRS I and J. During this period of his career, he lead several launch campaigns on US, European and Russian launch vehicles. Joe transferred with Boeing to the Kennedy Space Center where he performed integration of the International Space Station and prepared payloads for Space Shuttle missions. During this period he served as the lead of the Cupola program which involved an international assignment in Italy. He then accepted a position with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and ran the Pasadena, CA office. During this assignment, he contributed to several JPL Mars rover and deep space mission. Joe transferred with ATK to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he currently leads several missions for the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office. Joe was an ISU student in 1995. He served as a teaching assistant in 1996, and has participated in nearly every SSP since then in various roles (including visiting lecturer, department activity lead and department chair).