Joshua Pulsipher - BYU PRISM Group

Joshua Pulsipher

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  • Brigham Young University, (Aug 2012 - August 2017)
    • GPA: 3.87/4.0
    • Major: Chemical Engineering (Senior)
  • Yakima Valley Community College, (Sept 2010 - June 2012)
    • GPA: 3.87/4.0

Research Interests

  • Dynamic optimization and control of unmanned aerial vehicles


  • Martin, R.A., Blackburn, L, Pulsipher, J, Hedengren, J.D., Franke, K., Potential Benefits of Combining Anomaly Detection with View Planning for UAV Infrastructure Modeling, May 2017 Article
  • Martin, R.A., Pulsipher, J., Lund, C., Clark, J., Hedengren, J.D., and Franke, K., UAV-Based Infrastructure Monitoring, Poster Session: Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), Snowbird, UT, Aug 2013. Poster 1 Poster 2


  • PRISM Research Group, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (Feb 2013 -Present)
    • Proposed collaborative research and obtained $280,000 in funding from NASA, BP, and NSF
    • Co-founded unmanned aerial vehicle optimization division in the PRISM Research Group.
    • Collaborated in development of an algorithm to optimize aerial optimal data collection for structure-from-motion 3D reconstruction
  • Volunteer, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Trujillo, Peru (June 2014 - July 2016)
    • Led 22 other volunteers in obtaining a 114% increase in productivity.
    • Developed excellent interpersonal communication within an international community.
  • Remote Control Model Aeronautics, United States (Early 2005 - Present)
    • Piloted expert level fixed-wing and rotor aircraft
    • Built over 100 air vehicles of many different types and size
    • Served as a flight instructor for the Yakima Valley Aero Modelers Club
    • Competed in several acrobatic flight competitions
  • Recitation Leader, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (Jan 2013 - April 2013)
    • Instructed 48 students in Organic Chemistry
    • Achieved 1st quartile grades among all student sections

Interests and Awards

  • Awards
    • Eagle Scout
    • Academic Scholarship, Brigham Young University (full tuition)
    • Scholarship, Brigham Young University Chemical Engineering Department (1/4 tuition)
    • Dean’s List, Yakima Valley Community College
    • President’s List, Yakima Valley Community College (twice)