Joseph Mueller

Joe Mueller

Joseph Mueller

Industrial Professor of Design, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 205A
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2013

M.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2000 

B.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 1999

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research Interests

Joseph Mueller has taught courses at the AEM department as an adjunct professor since 2004. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist at SIFT - Smart Information Flow Technologies - here in Minneapolis. At SIFT, he is supporting several projects that involve autonomous planning for UAVs, active perception for cyber defense, statistical model checking for hybrid systems, and the certification of adaptive and intelligent control systems. Prior to joining SIFT, he worked at Princeton Satellite Systems for 13 years and served as the principal investigator for several Small Business Innovative Research projects. In this role he developed algorithms for optimal guidance and control of both formation flying spacecraft and high altitude airships, and developed a course of action planning tool for DoD communication satellites. Professor Mueller’s research interests include robust optimal control, adaptive control, trajectory optimization, and intelligent systems to enable autonomous operations.

Teaching Subjects
AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 2012 -- Dynamics
AEM 3101 -- Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering
AEM 4301 -- Orbital Mechanics
AEM 4332W -- Aerospace Vehicle Design II: Space Vehicles, Missions, and Systems
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 4301 -- Orbital Mechanics

Honors and Awards

2010: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at University of Minnesota

1999: Commencement Speaker for the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota

1997: Participant in the NASA Academy