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Katherine Glasheen

Katherine Glasheen is designing drones to think differently.

July 18, 2017

Katherine Glasheen has a nickname fit for an engineer: machine, and it is not just because it rhymes with her last name. A second year aerospace PhD student, she has a drive to advance technology, and is conducting research on socially aware drones, a project that will become increasingly important... Read more »
Vanessa Aponte

Vanessa Aponte is advancing next generation space technology and next generation engineers

July 18, 2017

Vanessa Aponte (AeroEngr PhD '06) has rubbed shoulders with astronauts, designed equipment to travel into space, and worked with technology so specialized she is not allowed to talk about it. As a Lockheed Martin engineer and CU aerospace PhD graduate, she has achieved great things and is instilled with a... Read more »
Penny Axelrad

Stepping Down as Chair

July 18, 2017

Dear colleagues, alumni, and friends, For the past five years, I have had the honor of serving as chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, now newly named in honor of Ann and H.J. Smead. It has been an exciting time, especially over the past year. We welcomed Bobby Braun, a highly... Read more »
The space habitat unit for the mice.

Back home with researchers, more science ahead for ‘mice-tronauts’

July 10, 2017

The first 20 star-trekking mice to travel to the International Space Station, riding aboard a spacecraft built by Hawthorne-based Space X, have returned to their home lab at UCLA. But the mission isn’t over for the mice, plucked last week from their capsule in San Pedro , according to a... Read more »
Lisa Hardaway

NASA’s New Horizons Mission Honors Memory of Lisa Hardaway

June 23, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons mission team honored the life and contributions of aerospace engineer Lisa Hardaway on Thursday by dedicating the spectrometer she helped to develop – which brought the first color close-up images of Pluto to the world – in her memory. Hardaway, who died in January at age 50,... Read more »
A night rendering of the new building design.

New flagship aerospace facility approved by CU regents

June 15, 2017

CU Boulder is set to begin construction this fall of a new 139,000-square-foot aerospace engineering building that will help the College of Engineering and Applied Science enhance its reputation as a national leader in aerospace education and research. Recent approval by the Board of Regents paves the way for the... Read more »
Ben Fried at the NASA check presentation.

Student Team Wins Satellite Launch Slot From NASA

June 14, 2017

A University of Colorado Boulder student satellite team has won a free ride to space. NASA announcing last week that CU Boulder’s Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) is one of three national winners in the space agency’s Cube Quest Challenge small satellite competition. The contest is focused on finding innovative solutions... Read more »
The Women in Aerospace Symposium attendees standing for a photo outside with the Flatirons in the background.

Research, Career Opportunities Highlighted for Women in Aerospace

June 7, 2017

The 2017 CU Boulder-MIT-Stanford Women in Aerospace Symposium was hosted by the Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder on May 31 and June 1. Sixteen outstanding women doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in aerospace engineering disciplines participated, representing a variety of academic institutions across the country. Several male... Read more »
Assembling the prototype.

NASA Spotlight on CU Boulder Cube Quest Team

June 6, 2017

The shoebox-size CU Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E 3 ) is being assembled by the University of Colorado, Boulder, Aerospace Engineering Science Graduate Projects Class. CU-E 3 is designed for a communications technology demonstration mission, slated to travel more than 2.5 million miles into space. As a Deep Space Derby entry,... Read more »
SpaceX Capsule in space.

SpaceX to launch CU-built heart, bone health experiments to space station

June 5, 2017

A SpaceX rocket was slated to launch two University of Colorado Boulder-built payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida on Thursday, including one to look at changes in cardiovascular stem cells in microgravity that may someday help combat heart disease on Earth. The second payload will be used... Read more »

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