Cheryl Blomberg

Cheryl Blomberg

Cheryl Blomberg is a Master's candidate in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Her reserach interests include combustion chemistry and fluid flows.


  • MS, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 2014 (exp)
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona, May 2012

Research & Work Experience
May 2012 - Present: Research Assistant
Busemann Advanced Concepts Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder
Research assistant working with the Supersonic Wind and Imaging Flow Tunnel (SWIFT) to characterize the chemistry and fluid flows of a dump combustor.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012: Research Fellow
Center for Space Nuclear Research, Idaho National Labs, Idaho Falls, ID
Working under Dr. Steven Howe. Designing and evaluating interplanetary lunar launchers to send cargo from the moon to Mars using minimal propellant as a possible alternative to chemical or nuclear thermal rockets.

Aug 2011 - May 2012: Research Assistant
Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Arizona
Designing quiescent and wind tunnel condition experiments to understand nanosecond pulse plasmas for high speed aerodynamic flow control for propulsion applications. Worked under Dr. Jesse Little.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011: Engineering Intern
Arizona Public Service Fossil Geneartion, Redhaw, AZ
Intern working under Jason Van Sandt, chemical control specialist, at Redhawk Power Plant. Reevaluated and recommended new bulk chemical tank local level gauges, executing a change of plant, and writing a procedure for labeling at the plant. Practiced FME through four forced minor outages at the plant, presented project findings to plant and corporate headquarters, performed environmental air checks on the plant equipment

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011: Research Assistant
Chemical Engineering Deparment, University of Arizona
Research assistant working with a graduate student and Dr. Armin Sorooshian. Analyzed NASA satellite CALIPSO data dealing with aerosol particles and cloud formation in the United States Southwest to correlate dust, cloud formation and the current drought. Gathered meteorological, met, satellite, and ground data for Arizona to determine the origins of moisture and clouds

Selected Awards
2012 - Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder
2011 - SAME Souther Arizona Post Scholarship
2011 - Sulzer Scholarship
2010 - Sulzer Mines Scholarship
2010 - W. E. & Lucille Bamum Scholarship
2009 - College of Engineering Departmental Honors for Outstanding Achievement, University of Arizona
2008-2012 - Wildcat Excellence Scholarship 


  • CU Students for the Exploration and Discovery of Space-CUSEDS (2012-present)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics-AIAA (2011-present)
  • FC Denver Grey Women's Semi-Pro Soccer Team (2012-present)
  • Society of American Military Engineers-SAME (2010-present)
  • Omega Chi Epsilon-OXE (2010-2012)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers-AIChE (2009-present)
  • ChemE Car Design Lead (2009-2011)
  • Society of Women Engineers-SWE (2008-present)
  • Rube Goldberg Competition Team Leader (2011-2012)
  • SolarCats founder (formally known as Posada San Pedro Solar Powered) (2008-2012)