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Boise Pearson

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Jon Boise Pearson

Aerospace engineer

Role in the Artemis Project

Boise Pearson serves as Chairman of the Board of Artemis Society International. He served as president of the Society from 1994 through 1998.


Boise began his education at Brigham Young University, where in 1992 he earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Mathematics and Physics. While at BYU, he began working for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as a Co-operative Education Student. Upon completion of his Bachelor's degree, he began work on a Master's degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville while continuing his tenure as a Co-op at NASA. While at UAH, he was affiliated with the UAH Propulsion Research Center, researching the behavior of nozzle flow in low-thrust solar thermal rocket nozzles. He earned his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994. He earned his Professional Engineer's license in 1998. Recently, he has started studies for a PhD in Nuclear Engineering, and is contemplating an MBA.

Professional Experience

Upon completion of his Master's degree, Boise joined NASA full time in the Thermal Analysis branch where he had served as a Co-op. His time at NASA has given him the chance to work on many aspects of the Space Shuttle program, including the Space Shuttle Main Engines, Solid Rocket Boosters and External Tank. Recently, he has transferred to a new Propulsion Research and Technology Division, Space Propulsion Branch.

Duties have included computer thermal/fluid modeling, infrared imaging and analysis and test program support. He is currently involved in advanced propulsion research, including nuclear fission and fusion propulsion systems.


Boise was born and raised in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area. Since he was living in a Rocky Mountain paradise, he spent as much time as he could outdoors; camping, backpacking, skiing, hiking, water-skiing and rafting. He also read everything he could get his hands on, including his Mom's SF collection. An active Boy Scout, he earned his Eagle and continues to be an active Scouter. During high school, he played saxophone in the band, marching band and jazz band. He also competed in speech and debate.

After high school, Boise went to Brigham Young University to pursue a degree in engineering. After one year, he took a break to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years in Brazil. After returning from Brazil he resumed his studies and met and married a beautiful young lady from Texas. That fortunate break led to a third and fourth member of the family, and now the boys have a 3:1 numerical edge (though it doesn't do them any good!).

In his spare time, Boise builds aircraft models, flies remote control airplanes, saves his pennies to fly real airplanes, runs a Boy Scout Varsity Team, tries to keep in shape, wishes he could ski in Alabama, goes to school, plays with his sons, continues to date his wife, and tries to convince himself that he doesn't really need to sleep.

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