Jean Koster

Professor
Contact Information:
Jean.Koster@colorado.edu
303-492-6945

Office Location: ECNT 118

Focus Area

Structural & Materials Systems
Vehicle Systems

Education

Dr.-Ing. Mechanical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1980
Dipl.-Ing. Mechanical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1976

Professional Experience

1999-present, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1994-1999, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1986-1994, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1985-1986, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado
1984-1985 NASA Lewis Research Center
1982-1984, Nuclear Research Center Karlsruhe
1980-1982, Department of Physics, University of Utah

Awards

Educator of the Year, AIAA Rocky Mountain Section (2011)
New Inventor of the Year, CU Technology Transfer Office (2010)

Professional Affiliations

Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Associate Member, APS, ASME, ASM, TMS, MRS, VDI

Research Interests

Science and manufacture of high performance aerospace structural, electronic, and composite materials. Materials processing science (solidification physics, crystal growth) and energy sciences which merge fluid mechanics and heat transfer (convective flows) with materials science. In-situ planetary (Moon, Mars) resource utilization science and technology with related design and systems engineering. Alternative energy concepts, such as solar thermal energy, hydrogen energy, and photovoltaics for terrestrial, space, and planetary applications.