Published: Jan. 23, 2018 By

Ann and Michael Smead with Bobby Braun, Dan Scheeres, and Penina Axelrad

Distinguished Professor Dan Scheeres, college of engineering Dean Bobby Braun, Ann Smead, Michael Byram, and then-Aerospace Chair Penina Axelrad at the naming announcement.

It was one year ago today that the CU Boulder aerospace department became Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, the result of a major gift from passionate CU Boulder supporters Ann Smead and her husband Michael Byram.

With support totaling more than $15 million, the family's support is setting CU Boulder apart from its aerospace peers. The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences recognizes in honor of Ann and H.J. “Joe” Smead, a CU Boulder engineering alumnus, industry executive and Ann’s husband prior to his passing in 2003.

In addition to the gift, the past year has seen us break ground on a dedicated aerospace building and accomplish much more. Take a look through the timeline below: