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Joshua Taylor


Career Profile


Self-motivated and goal oriented professional working research and development of rocket nozzle materials in the aerospace industry.

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Expired Active U.S. Government Department of Defense (DOD) Secret Security Clearance


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, August 2008
  • Master of Science, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, August 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, May 2004



R&D Scientist and Design Engineer, ATK, Promontory, UT, January 2014-Current

  • R&D of rocket nozzle materials for government and private customers.
  • Design engineering of rocket nozzles for government and private customers.

Leadership and Teaching Position (Volunteer), Richmond, VA, October 2011-January 2014

  • Responsible for building a dance team, organizing dance events, and working with leadership.
  • Preparing and teaching Israeli dance classes.

Engineer II (Materials and Processes), United Space Alliance (prime NASA contractor for the space shuttle), March 2009-July 2011

  • Responsible for all material research included in an internal research and development project for a new composite thermal protective system.  This included interactions with material vendors, writing material test plans, quantitative evaluation of materials, and lab work.
  • Provide support to materials and processing activities for the Shuttle and Constellation programs.


University Research Topics

  • Dissertation Title: Adsorption of Sodium Polyacrylate (NaPAA) in High Solids Loading Slurries.  The adsorption mechanisms of NaPAA onto ground calcium carbonate in high solids loading slurries (up to 75 wt%) were determined through ATR-FTIR, rheology, and adsorption isotherms to be dependent on solids loading and age.  A novel discovery led to the manipulation of the water structure within a slurry in order to decrease viscosity and slurry aging.
  • Titania Nanofibers.  Research included electrospinning a sol-gel precursor to synthesize titania nanofibers followed by characterization of the nanofibers.
  • Fuel cells.  Research included designing the cathode microstructure at the nanometer scale by electrospraying a sol-gel precursor with various parameters to improve fuel cell performance.
  • Silver nanoparticles.  Research included creating silver nanoparticles through a two phase method using surfactants to form micelles and characterization of nanoparticles.
  • Activated Carbon and Iron Oxide Magnetic Composites.  Research included coating of activated carbon with a magnetic material with various parameters and samples where characterized.


Graduate Student Mentor, September 2007-May 2008

  • Directed research for an undergraduate engineering student involved in the Research Experience in Materials (REM) program at the University of Florida.

Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, August 2004-December 2007

  • Ceramics Lab 1 and 2, prepared and taught
  • Introduction to Materials

Integrated Product and Process Design sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Patent #7,207,274, August 2003-May 2004

  • Worked within a multidisciplinary team to design a way to embed small, low cost, MEMS sensors into a non-toxic sticky cross-linked polymer media, which is then encapsulated and fired out of a CO2 powered firearm.  I was responsible for material research, testing, and design for the sticky polymer and encapsulation.

Research Internship, Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux in Albi, France, January 2002-April 2002

  • Conducted research on compaction and fluidization in a vibrated powder bed.

Lab Equipment and Computer


Proficient with the following lab equipment and data interpretation: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), Rheometer, Particle Size Analyzer (Coulter LS13320), Surface Area and Pore Volume Measurements (B.E.T.), UV-Visible Spectroscopy (UV-VIS), electrospinning and electrospraying


Computer: Siemens NX, Minitab, HTML, C, Visual Basic, Microsoft Office





  • J. Taylor, Y Wang, and W. Sigmund, Water Structure Change within High Solids Loading Calcite Slurries. Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 7-14 (2010)
  • J. Taylor and W. Sigmund, Adsorption of Sodium Polyacrylate in High Solids Loading Calcium Carbonate Slurries. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 341, Issue 2, p. 298-302 (2010)
  • W. Sigmund, J. Yuh, H. Park, V. Maneeratana, G. Pyrgiotakis, A. Daga, J. Taylor, and J. Nino, Processing and Structure Relationships in Electrospinning of Ceramic Fiber Systems. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 89 (2), p. 395-407 (2006)


  • J. Taylor and W. Sigmund, Anti-aging chemicals for high solids loading slurries. Office of Technology Licensing, UF# 12856, PCT patent application currently being filed.

Oral presentation: 32nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics, Jan. 2008


Awards and Distinctions

  • Completed United Space Alliance’s Corporate Leadership Institute Series, May 2010
  • University of Florida Alumni Fellowship, August 2004-August 2008
  • Particle Engineering Research Center (PERC) Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the University of Florida, May 2001-August 2003
  • Treasure and Co-founder of a student organization at the University of Florida, October 2004-August 2007
  • Second Language: French (speak, read, write) intermediate to advanced level