Iain Boyd

Popular Mechanics interviews Boyd on hypersonic weapons tracking

March 29, 2023

Iain Boyd was interviewed for a new article in Popular Mechanics on efforts to track hypersonic weapons. At issue? Hypersonic weapons often travel at fast enough speeds to generate a sheath of plasma, which can obscure them to radar. Traditional missiles travel at comparably slower speeds and are much easier...

Robyn Macdonald

Video: Computational Modeling of Hypersonic Flows

Feb. 22, 2023

Robyn Macdonald is an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at CU Boulder. Her research interests include hypersonic flows, computation of chemically reacting flows, chemical kinetics, and radiation modeling. Her work has broad applications for hypersonic vehicles for space travel, national defense and other...

Hisham Ali

Building a one-of-a-kind plasma wind tunnel to advance hypersonics at CU Boulder

Feb. 21, 2023

Hisham Ali is pushing the limits of plasma physics and hypersonics in his lab on campus to advance a nationally important area of science and engineering. Ali, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, studies magnetohydrodynamics. It...

Sanghamitra Neogi

Faculty in Focus: Sanghamitra Neogi

Jan. 30, 2023

Sanghamitra Neogi is designing new materials at the quantum level to realize future technologies for thermal management and harsh environments like hypersonic flight. An assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Materials Science and Engineering Program, Neogi leads the CUANTUM laboratory, short for...

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CU Boulder joins academic partnership with U.S. Space Command

Jan. 11, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected as a United States Space Command Academic Engagement Enterprise member. The new national program is designed to expand collaboration and academic exchanges between universities and U.S. Space Command. “They’re engaging with top universities in the country to have two-way communication; how Space...

Rendering of Orion reentering Earth's atmosphere

A NASA spacecraft will soon enter Earth’s atmosphere at nearly 25,000 mph. What will happen next?

Dec. 9, 2022

Sunday at around 10:40 a.m. MT, NASA’s Orion spacecraft will splash down in the Pacific Ocean after its several week-long journey to the moon and back. Space buffs can tune into NASA's livestream to witness some extreme physics—what will be the last leg of the historic Artemis 1 mission, which...

Iain Boyd

Boyd featured in two national media stories on American technology in China's hypersonics program

Oct. 19, 2022

Iain Boyd was interviewed by the Washington Post and Fox News for related pieces on American technology being used in China's hypersonics program despite export controls designed to prevent sales to foreign entities deemed a threat to U.S. national security. Boyd, a professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department...

Members of the Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory team.

Epic year for aerospace research funding at CU Boulder

Sept. 22, 2022

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder had another big year for research funding, bringing in nearly $48 million in awards. The fiscal year 2022 number totals $47,834,766. It is the...

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Smead Aerospace #6 in US News Rankings

Sept. 14, 2022

The College of Engineering and Applied Science gained a spot U.S. News and World Report ’s Best Undergraduate Engineering rankings this year, coming in at No. 17 among public institution peers. Six degree programs in the college also earned top 20 spots in the engineering specialty rankings and Best Undergraduate...

The waning gibbous Moon is pictured above the Earth's horizon as the International Space Station above the Atlantic Ocean.

CU Boulder lands $5.5 million Air Force project to advance orbital and AI research

Aug. 23, 2022

A team of University of Colorado Boulder researchers is embarking on a major research project that will advance our understanding of orbital mechanics and monitoring, artificial intelligence, and hypersonics. Led by Marcus Holzinger, an...