Outstanding graduates. As a graduate of the CU Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) program, you are part of a distinguished group of aerospace leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs. Many AES alumni play key roles in the design of complex aerospace systems, and have established distinguished careers in both the public and private sectors. CU Boulder ranks among the top five U.S. universities (excluding military academies) in its number of astronaut alumni.

We are proud to count you among us.

Ron Blackwelder (AeroEngr’64), Professor Emeritus of the University of Southern California Dept of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, selected for a CEAS 2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (DEAA) for Education.  Professor Blackwelder is also on the AES External Advisory Board (EAB) , and served as chair of the EAB from 2014-2016.

Jill Seubert, CCAR/AES PhD Graduate, was selected for this year’s College of Engineering & Applied Science Recent Alumni Award (this is the third year in a row this College award has gone to an Aerospace graduate (2016-Vanessa Aponte; 2015-Evan Thomas).

Frank Buzzard (Aero B.S. 1974) was selected to receive a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (DEAA) in 2016.

Moriba Jah (Aero Ph.D. 2005) was also selected to receive a DEAA in 2016.

Dr. Lisa Hardaway (Aero, PhD year and AES External Advisory Board member), Ball Aerospace, will be honored at the 30th Annual WIA Awards Dinner and Ceremony on October 22, 2015 in Arlington, VA. She was selected for the Women in Aerospace 2015 Leadership Award “for her outstanding leadership and dedication to space exploration and for guiding, supporting, and mentoring female engineers throughout her career. 

Rodney Anderson (Aero PhD 2007) is a 2014 recipient of the Lew Allen Award. This award recognizes and encourages significant individual accomplishments or leadership in scientific research or technological innovation by JPL employees during the early years of their professional careers.

Alumnus Evan Thomas (BS, Broadcast Journalism & BS/MS Aero ’06, PhD Aero ’09, PE Environmental Engineering, Texas State ’10), currently Assistant Professor in Mechanical & Materials Engineering and Director of The SWEETLab at Portland State University, has been selected for the CEAS Recent Alumni Award.

Dr. Bruce Haines (CCAR PhD, 1991) will receive the 2015 Tycho Brahe Award from the institute of Navigation for his contributions to the use of GPS navigation for the precision positioning of oceanographic satellites. Dr. Haines has been employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1991.

Dr. Attila Komjathy (CCAR Post Doctoral Research Associate, 1998-2001) will be awarded the title of Fellow by the Institute of Navigation at a ceremony in January, 2015.  His contributions are in the field of ionospheric mapping and research.  He has been employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 2001.

Past Events

Exclusive Meetup Series event just for Lockheed Martin's CU-Boulder alumni!


Steve Jolly"GOES-R Satellite: Critical for Public Safety, Protection of Property and Commerce"
Presented by Dr. Steve Jolly, 
Lockheed Martin Chief Engineer 
Welcome by Kathy Tobey, VP and GM of Special Programs at Lockheed Martin

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Lockheed Martin
In the ASF Presentation Room, 
2nd Floor of the ASF Building

Co-hosted by the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and College of Engineering and Applied Science 

Enjoy a complimentary lunch with fellow CU Alumni at Lockheed Martin as Dr. Steve Jolly (Aero'82, PhD'92) discusses his work with the GOES-R program, the next generation weather satellites in geo-synchronous orbit. Kathy Tobey (ChemEngr'84, MS EngrMgmt'94), VP and GM of Special Programs, and Aerospace Engineering Department Chair Penny Axelrad will also speak. Time will be provided before and after the presentation to chat and network with Dr. Jolly, college representatives and fellow CU alumni who work at Lockheed Martin. 

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AES Alumnus won the Tycho Brahe Award

Bruce Haines (AES PhD, 1991) has won the Tycho Brahe Award. He earned his doctorate while engaged in CCAR research, and has become internationally famous for his contributions to satellite oceanography.

AES Alumnus Elected to Fellow, AAS - 2011

Dr. David B. Spencer (PhD-1994, CU Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences), associate professor of aerospace engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, was elected to the grade of Fellow in the American Astronautical Society (AAS). The AAS has been designating Fellows of the Society since its founding 57 years ago, and, to date, has elected 438 distinguished men and women for this honor.

AES Alumna Awarded Amelia Earhart Fellowship - 2010/2011

Ashley Moore (BS-2006, UCB Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics) is the recipient of one of the 35 Amelia Earhart Fellowships awarded by Zonta International in 2010-2011. (Six current UCB students also received A.E. Fellowships this year!) Ashley earned her masters from California Institute for Technology and is currently pursuing a PhD at Ca-Tech in control and dynamical systems. See story here.