A 21st century challenge in science and engineering is to understand and be able to model and predict the state of the Earth as a single complex system. To meet this critical challenge, we must develop new ways to conduct research and offer educational programs that cross the traditional boundaries between science and engineering and between academia and industry.

The CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures (ASV) initiative creates a collaborative environment in which CU Boulder's aerospace engineering and earth and space science faculty, students, and industrial researchers work together to solve complex problems that lead to new discoveries and innovations. Through this initiative, CU Boulder combines aerospace vehicle innovations and science discoveries for local and global measurements to advance solutions in climate, weather, and space environment.