Excellence in academia and research arise from a collaboration between outstanding faculty and students who have an environment that can foster opportunities to explore interests, gain understanding, and contribute to solutions of important research questions.
The Smead Program seeks to provide a well-rounded community for support and collaboration between the Smead Scholars, the Seebass Chair, and Smead Faculty Fellows. Through the fellowships, the Smead Program makes the pursuit of graduate studies more financially feasible, provides a more enriched academic experience and supports the Seebass Chair.
Students pursuing graduate degrees in aerospace engineering within the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder are recognized and rewarded for their excellence through the nationally-celebrated Smead Program.
The Smead Graduate Student Fellowships were established in 2006 to honor the memory of Dr. H. J. “Joe” Smead.
Original funding for the Smead Graduate Student Fellowships was provided in 2006 by Joe’s widow, Ann, and Michael Byram, then president of the University of Colorado Foundation, in honor and respect for a man who achieved so much and was so modest about his accomplishments and generous philanthropy. To qualify and be selected as a Smead Graduate Student Fellow is a singular and distinguished honor in an individual’s academic career.
Each year, (2) Smead Scholars are selected and receive additional stipends to help defray costs of a graduate eduation. As well, Fellows participate in yearly enrichment activities that include:
One to two faculty whose research provide value and mentorship to Smead Scholars are selected as Smead Faculty Fellows.
H.J. “Joe” Smead (1925-2003), a native of Spokane, Washington, graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Joe was able to attend CU through the U.S. Navy’s WWII V-12 program and upon graduation served as an ensign aboard the USS Columbia. He subsequently earned a master’s degree from the University of Washington and a PhD from Purdue University. From 1954 to 1973, Joe was employed in electronic systems engineering by Litton Industries and Teledyne Corp. He became president and CEO of Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics Corp. in 1974 and continued in that capacity until 1997.
Joe was a leading member of the CU Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences’ volunteer External Advisory Board and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the A. Richard Seebass Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. For his many extraordinary professional accomplishments and strong volunteer commitment to CU Engineering, he was awarded the College of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.
Smead had a lifelong passion for education and learning. He quietly, and typically anonymously, supported scholarships and teaching programs as he recognized his responsibility to give back to that which had helped him achieve and accomplish so much.
2016: Andrew Harris, Marielle Pellegrino
2015: Shaylah Mutschler, Conor Benson
2014: JoAnna Fulton, Ryan Skinner
2013: Lauren McManus, Kiichiro DeLuca
2012: Ann Dietrich, Samantha Rieger
2011: Antonella Albuja, Dan Lubey
2010: Aaron Rosengren
2009: Dylan Boone, Ben Dunham
2007: Stephanie Golmon, Jason Roadman
Recipients are chosen by the Seebass Chair with input from the graduate secretary and chair and the best candidates are selected based on the application and interview process.
Current Faculty Fellows
Eric Frew, Mahmoud Hussein
Past Faculty Fellows
Kurt Maute, Hanspeter Schaub