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Shawn Brueshaber

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4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Planetary And Exoplanetary Atmospheres


Shawn is a planetary atmospheric scientist researching the dynamics of the four giant planets using global circulation modeling. Prior to joining JPL as a postdoc under Glenn Orton for the Juno Mission, he spent 21 years designing products and systems in the aerospace, mechanical, paper and pulp, and appliance industries.  From time to time he has also taught graduate and undergraduate engineering courses at Western Michigan University.


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Western Michigan University. (2020)
  • MS. Mechanical Engineering, Western Michigan University (2008)
  • BS Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1994).

Professional Experience

20+ years engineering industry experience conducting product and system design, stress analysis, fluid and heat transfer analysis, fatigue and fracture analysis.  5+ years simulating planetary atmospheric dynamics with global circulation models.

Research Interests

Giant planet atmospheric dynamics. Spacecraft mission design.

Selected Awards

  • NASA Solar System Workings grant (2020),
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Western Michigan University (2019)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2016-2018)
  • All University Graduate Teaching Award Western Michigan University (2018)

Selected Publications

  • Brueshaber, S.R, and Sayanagi, K.M. Effects of Forcing Scale and Intensity on the Emergence and Maintenance of Polar Vortices on Saturn and the Ice Giants. Icarus (2020) (In Review)
  • Glenn S. Orton, Fachreddin Tabataba-Vakili, Gerald Eichstädt, John Rogers, Candice Hansen, Tom Momary, Andrew P. Ingersoll, Shawn R. Brueshaber, Michael H. Wong, Amy A. Simon , Michael Ravine, Michael Caplinger, Chloe Thepenier, Hamish Nicholson. A Survey of Small- Scale Waves and Wave-Like Phenomena in Jupiter’s Atmosphere Detected by JunoCam. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 125, e2019JE006369.
  • Liu, T., Sayanagi, K.M., and Brueshaber, S.R., Ingersoll, A.P., Dyudina, U.A., Ewald, S.P. Saturn’s North Polar Structure Extracted from Cloud Images by the Optical Flow Method.
    Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 15 October 2019,
  • Brueshaber, S.R, Sayanagi, K.M., and Dowling, T.E. Dynamical Regimes of Giant Planet Polar Vortices. Icarus (2019) 323, 46-61.
  • Samuel M. Howell, Luoth Chou, Michelle Thompson, Michael C. Bouchard, Sarah Cusson,
    Matthew L. Marcus, Harrison Brodsky Smith, Srinivasa Bhattaru, John J Blalock, Shawn Brueshaber, Siegfried Eggl, Erica Jawin, Kelly Miller, Maxime Rizzo, Kathryn Steakley, Nancy H Thomas, Kimberly Trent, Melissa Ugelow, Charles John Budney and Karl L Mitchell. Camilla: A centaur reconnaissance and impact mission concept. Planetary and Space Science (2018)
    164, 184-193.