Michael Skeen

Michael Skeen

Michael Skeen is a Master's candidate in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. His reserach interests include vehicle systems design, interplanetary spaceflight, high-speed propulsion, and aerothermodynamics.


  • MS, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 2013 (exp)
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 2012 (with a minor in Electrical Engineering)

Research & Work Experience
Aug 2012 - Present: Research Assistant
Busemann Advanced Concepts Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder
Research assistant working on optimizing entry, descent, and landing systems.

May 2012 - Aug 2012: Systems Engineering Intern
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, CO
Created 3 critical peer-reviewed system level design documents identifying spacecraft architecture, risks, and technical resources in preparation for Mission PDR. Performed supporting analysis for Design Reference Mission studies, including instrument coverage, spacecraft maneuvers, and mission operations. Contributed new concepts and analyses to critical system level trade studies.

May 2009 - May 2012: System Engineer
Colorado Space Grant Consortium, University of Colorado
System engineer from Aug 2010, prior to that Structures and Separations lead engineer. Led team of 20-25 students in completing 4 milestone reviews, oversaw the completion of all flight hardware, and verification and test of subsystem and system requirements. Regularly interfaced with Air Force Research Lab customer and produced technical schedules, budgets, test plans, assembly procedures, and integration plans.

Selected Awards
2012 - AIAA Oustanding Senior Award, University of Colorado AIAA Student Branch
2012 - AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference, 1st Place, Team Technical Paper
2011 - Caltech Space Challenge, 1st place
2008 - University of Colorado Chanellor's Citizenship Scholarship
2008 - University of Colorado Alumni Association Director's club Scholarship
2008 - University of Colorado College of Engineering Merit Scholarship
2008 - Denver Troop 199 Eagle Scout Scholarship
2006 - Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm

Selected Publications

  1. Truesdale, N.A., and Skeen, M.A. et al. “DayStar: Modeling the Daytime Performance of a Star Tracker for High Altitude Balloons,” AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference, Boulder, CO, 2012
  2. Skeen, M.A., and Renten, P., et al. “Team Voyager’s Mission Proposal: Vault-1,” Caltech Space Challenge, Pasadena, CA, 2011