Academic Partners

Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES)

Ranked among the top four schools in the country by the National Research Council, CU-Boulder’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) is recognized for its research and education leadership in aerospace engineering, Earth, and space sciences. Its world-renowned engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science, focusing on astrodynamics and satellite navigation, remote sensing, Earth and space sciences vehicle systems, structural and material systems, and bioastronautics.

Contact:  Penina Axelrad; Chair, Aerospace Engineering Sciences; (303) 492-8183

Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS)

Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) is ranked among the top ten astronomy and planetary science departments in the country, and its faculty’s research interests cover theoretical, observational, and experimental space science.  APS has a long history of hands-on training for students in the techniques of space science.

Contact: James Green; APS; (303) 492-7645

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)

Diverse and interdisciplinary, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at CU Boulder is a world leader in investigations of weather phenomena and climate science, from the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of the atmosphere. Our highly recognized research and education programs, which include theory, modeling, and measurements from the ground, balloons, aircraft, and satellites, place us in the top ten graduate departments in the nation. ATOC faculty and students address fundamental questions of societal relevance in the areas of aerosol and cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry, radiative transfer, renewable energy, fluid dynamics, and ocean biogeochemistry.

Contact:  Cora E. Randall; Chair, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; (303) 492-8208

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, hundreds of environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth System and the human relationship with the planet. Satellite and airborne remote sensing and airborne in situ observations are fundamental to our success, as are ground-based measurements, modeling and data analysis. As a joint institute of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, CIRES’ expertise is broad and deep, and our focus on innovation and collaboration has made us a world leader in interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching.

Contact:  Waleed Abdalati; Director; (303) 492-5086

Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (ECEE)

The host department for the NOAA-CU Center for Environmental Technology (CET), CU-Boulder’s Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (ECEE) supports a long established program of education and research in remote sensing for environmental prediction and management, defense, and homeland security. ECEE faculty engaging in remote sensing
include world-recognized specialists in transceiver and antenna design, electromagnetics, optics, wave propagation, sensor calibration, signal processing, and satellite, aircraft, and ground-based system and instrument design.

Contact: Michael Lightner; Chair, Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering; (303) 492-5180

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

As an Institute of CU-Boulder, LASP is at the international forefront of space science research in solar, planetary, atmospheric and space plasma physics. LASP’s record of excellence in space instrument and spacecraft construction, mission operations, and science data analysis for Earth, planetary, and deep space missions is supported by organizational expertise in space-flight electronics, mechanisms, detectors and optics across a wide spectral range -- including sensors for energetic particle, dust, electric field, and magnetic field measurements. LASP’s culture values student participation in space science, engineering, and mission operations, providing workforce development training complimentary to the student’s educational pursuits.

Contact:  Dan Baker; Director; (303) 492-4509