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Nathan Moshman
Research Assistant Professor
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3139
Email: ndmoshma (at)
PhD - Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA, 2011
Astronautical Engineering (detail)
MS - University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, USA, 2008
Engineering Sciences (Aerospace Engineering) (detail)
BS - University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 2006
Physics, Minor in Astronomy
  • September 2011 - Present - Research Assistant Professor
    • Trajectory optimization of PGS re-entry vehicle, development and optimization of in-house and open source optimal control software
  • January 2009 - September 2011 - Graduate Research Associate
    • Develop test and flight software in C with RTOS architecture to fly on NPS Solar Cell Array Tester Cube satellite
  • June 2008 - September 2008 - Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) Intern SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, USA
    • CFD modelling and optimization of hydrophone arrays
    • Bioluminescence flow visualization from experiments by Prof. Michael Latz at Scripps Institute of Oceanography
    • Mentored 8 promising female engineering students finishing high school
  • October 2006 - January 2008 - Staff Scientist Far-Tech, Inc. La Jolla, California, USA
    • Numerically optimized klystron efficiency using Magic 2D E&M particle-in-cell software and external Python scripting
    • Designed and numerically studied sensitivities to auxiliary components of klystron such as confining solenoid and cathode
    • Conference marketing and logistics planning
  • Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA
    • Instructor - Fall Quarter, 2011, 2012
      • Space Systems Dynamics
    • Co-Instructor - Spring Quarter, 2012
      • Spacecraft Guidance and Control
    • Guest Lecturer - May 8, 2011, May 13, 2012
      • CFD Course, Unsteady Compressible Flows
    • Guest Lecturer - June, 2010
      • CFD Course, Multiphase Flows
      • Advanced Topics Course, PDE Constrained Optimization
  • University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
    • Teaching Assistant - January 2008 - December 2008
      • Fluid Dynamics 1 (advanced undergraduate level)
      • Numeric Methods for Engineers (2 qtrs. advanced undergraduate level)
    • Research Assistant
      • Programming in Python and Matlab to analyze implantation and flux data from tokamak fusion plasma surface interaction simulations
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA - Campus Learning Assistance Services
    • Group Tutor - September 2004 - June 2006
      • Astronomy course (5 quarters undergraduate level)
    • Individual Tutor - September 2004 - June 2006
      • Undergraduate courses in math, physics, statistics, geology
  • High Bluff Academy, Del Mar, California, USA
    • High School Physics Teacher - October 2006
      • Lectures in Newton's Laws and Projectile Motion
  • Breyer's Branches High School Tutoring, Solana Beach, California, USA
    • Dedicated Instructor - October 2006 - June 2006
      • Calculus, physics, statistics, logic
  • Study Pros In-Home Tutoring, Santa Clarita, California, USA
    • Test Prep Tutor - March 2006 - September 2006
      • SAT(1-2), ACT, MCAT
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for Compressible Flow and Multiphase Flow, Optimal Control of Dynamical Systems including PDEs, algorithm design for optimal control problems, inversion algorithms, development of computational tools for engineering physics
  • Research Honors June 2005, Physics Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Work on Transient Optical Sky Survey Telescope
  • SIAM Student Member
  • SIAG Control and Systems Theory Group
  • SIAG Dynamical Systems Group
  • AIAA Student Member
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Nathan Moshman, Sivaguru Sritharan, Garth Hobson Optimal Control of Shock Wave Attenuation using Liquid Water Droplets with Application to Ignition Overpressure in Launch Vehicles International Journal of Flow Control, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2012.
  • Nathan Moshman, Garth Hobson, Sivaguru Sritharan A Method for Optimally Controlling Unsteady Shock Strength in One Dimension (accepted July 2012) AIAA Journal).
  • Nathan Moshman, Garth Hobson, Sivaguru Sritharan Optimal Control of the Unsteady Euler Equations in 1D with Application to Ignition Overpressure Attenuation in Launch Vehicles 20th AIAA CFD Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, HI, 2011.
  • Nick Barov, Nathan Moshman, Liangji Zhao, Jin-Soo Kim A Low Voltage Klystron for the ILC and ILC Testing Program 7th IEEE Particle Accelerator Conference Proceedings 2007.

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