Joseph Sholtis

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Joseph Sholtis
Joseph Sholtis


Joseph Sholtis


Joseph Sholtis


Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year 1970
Residing In Tijeras, NM USA
Spouse/Partner Cheryl Sholtis
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Occupation Nuclear, aerospace & systems engineer; Owner, Sholtis Engineering & Safety Consulting
Children Children (2): Christian Joseph Sholtis, born 1973; Carole Lynne (Sholtis) Rusk, born 1978.
Grandchildren More…(6): Analise Rusk; Olivia Sholtis; Nicolas Sholtis; Evan Rusk; Connor Rusk; Mateo Sholtis.
Military Service USAF  

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School Story

* Standard & Trick Drill Team member, 1967-70
* Standard Team Commander, 1969
* Graduated from PSU (BS NucE, Distinguished Military Graduate 1970)
* 23 years on active duty in USAF as Nuclear Research Officer and Systems Development Program Manager (1970-1993); Retired from USAF as LtCol (1993)
* MS NucE & PhD (Coursework NucE), Univ. of New Mexico (1977 & 1980)
* Owner & Principal Consultant, Sholtis Engineering & Safety Consulting (1993-Present)
* Internationally recognized expert in space nuclear systems, their reliability & safety, and the risks associated with their launch & use in space
* Inventor: Conceived of & advanced plutonium-238 oxide coated particle fuel & fuel forms, to improve the design integration, performance, and safety of future radioisotope heat sources & power systems for space and specialized remote applications.
* Involved in every U.S. nuclear-powered space mission since 1974; a total of 14 missions: Viking 1 & 2, LES 8/9, Voyager 1 & 2, Galileo, Ulysses, Mars Pathfinder, MER A & B (Spirit & Opportunity rovers), Cassini, Pluto-New Horizons, and MSL/Curiosity rover. God willing, hope to be involved in Mars 2020 and others that follow.

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