Robert W. Miller

Aerospace/Astronautical Engineer


I enjoy the many facets of spacecraft system engineering and have gained experience with architecture design, modeling, analysis, and evaluation. I have had the opportunity to work on CubeSats and SmallSats, from the concept phase, to the architecture and design, progressing to an engineered prototype, and then the physical flight system. I find these CubeSat and SmallSat related projects exciting as these small systems are extremely capable, as the result of technologic advancements. During my free time, I have been working on developing an open source CubeSat package and recently released on online spacecraft parts website; it’s my way to give back to the space community.


I have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering. During my undergraduate years, I participated in the Alaska Space Grant Program for 3.5 years, with a primary project of developing a 3U Solar Sail CubeSat and working on other various space-related projects. I currently work fulltime at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a spacecraft systems engineer in the advanced spacecraft design and formulation group.

2018 - 2019
Astronautical Engineering | Masters of Science
University of Southern California (USC)
2013 - 2017
Mechanical Engineering | Bachelor of Science
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)

Employment & Experience

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2020 - 2020
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Trident Discovery Proposal
Discovery step 2 proposal - Systems Engineer
2020 - Present
Sisu VR
Software Developer - Web Development
2020 - Present
Developed and released global online spacecraft parts marketplace
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Xenia | C/2017 K2 Comet Flyby
Systems Engineer - Spacecraft systems management and formulation
2019 - Present
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Lunar Flashlight CubeSat
Systems Engineer - Hardware testing and requirement and verification management and tracking
2018 - Present
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Systems Modeling
Space Mission Formulation and Analysis Toolkit Development
Alaska Space Grant Program - ARC2
Lead Mechanical Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - REMORA
Internship - Systems Engineer
2015 - Present
Alaska Space Grant Program - DARS
Lead Engineer
Summer 2015
Alaska Department of Transportation
College Student Civil Engineer
2014 - 2015
Alaska Space Grant Program - ARC1
Student Mechanical Engineer

Skill Set

CAD & 3D Modeling
  • SolidWorks
  • Siemens NX
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D

  • Analysis & Simulation
  • SolidWorks Simulation
  • COMSOL Multiphysics
  • AGI Systems Toolkit (STK)

  • Software Development
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • C (Arduino Development)

  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe XD
  • Figma
  • Allegorithmic Substance Painter

  • Other
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

  • Publications

    Rapid SmallSat Mission Formulation: Integrated and Concurrent Modeling in JPL’s Team Xc
      March 2020 | IEEE

    From Cocktail Napkin to Concept Feasibility: Spacecraft Design in Early Formulation with TATER
      March 2019 | IEEE

    REMORA CubeSat for Large Debris Rendezvous, Attachment, Tracking, and Collision Avoidance
      March 2018 | IEEE