The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) was started in 1980 as a joint venture between Peter Diamandis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Todd Hawley at Princeton University. The group had a simple vision which continues to serve as its underlying guiding principle today: to unite students with enthusiasm for the exploration and eventual development of space. CUSEDS is the University of Colorado at Boulder chapter of SEDS.
CUSEDS works to inspire in students and community members a passion for space exploration, educating them in the science, politics, and business of the enterprise. We create opportunities for students of all majors - not just scientific and engineering foci, and not just college students, but K-12 as well - to connect with and help each other along their academic and professional progressions in space exploration. Such opportunities include but are not limited to: the ability to participate in domestic and international conferences; the ability to meet, interact, and potentially work with leaders in commercial aerospace, academia, and politics; chances to compete in art, business, and engineering competitions; the ability to organize and participate in local to international outreach efforts. Per aspera ad astra!
CUSEDS is a great way to meet new people, get involved in promoting space activities, and develop your career! We work closely with many different organizations on campus, including the astronomy and astrophysics departments and the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, the aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate departments, the aerospace honors fraternity Sigma Gamma Tau, the CU Boulder chapter of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), UCEC (the University of Colorado Engineering Council), COBRA (the Colorado Boulder Rocketry Association), and a continuing list of others. For the past few years, CUSEDS has exerted a lot of energy trying to diversify and extend its membership and reach. We hope to increase our reach, promote STEM (science, technology, math, and engineering) literacy, share facts about the state of exploration, and make space feel a just little bit closer to everyone down here on Earth.