Michael J. Frazier (center) with his PhD advisor Mahmoud Hussein (right) and his PhD advisee Jack Pechac at the ASME IMECE 2023 conference.

PhD grad training next generation of aerospace leaders

Dec. 8, 2023

Michael J. Frazier (AeroEngr MS’11, PhD’15) discovered the dream engineering job he never knew he was looking for: university professor. In high school, as an undergraduate, and even as a master’s student, Frazier was sure an industry job was in his future, but a drive for more knowledge and research sent him down a different path...

Bradley Cheetham with the CAPSTONE satellite.

CU Boulder grads launch startups to change the future of aerospace

Oct. 9, 2023

The Front Range is a recognized hub for startups and technology firms; earlier this year, the CU system was honored as fifth in the nation for startup creation. With the state’s major aerospace presence, it is no surprise that many startups are aerospace-oriented. “From our experiences doing research at...

The In Orbit's co-founding team.

Q&A - Alumnus startup enabling mass manufacturing and research in space

Oct. 9, 2023

Ishaan Patel (MAeroEngr’18) is an CU Boulder aerospace alumnus with an entrepreneurial passion for space. He is co-founder and chief technolog officer of In Orbit Aerospace, which is developing uncrewed reentry vehicles and orbital utility stations to enable lower-cost in-space manufacturing and research infrastructure.

Elston and Maciej Stachura in Costa Rica with their S2 UAS sampling Turrialba Volcano.

Q&A - Alumni startup developing unmanned aircraft systems for extreme environments

Jack Elston (left) and Maciej Stachura in Costa Rica with their S2 UAS sampling Turrialba Volcano. Jack Elston (ElCompEngr’03, MS’05, AeroEngr MS’07 PhD’11) had a hunger for better uncrewed aerial systems that he has turned into a successful business. With fellow CU Boulder alumnus Maciej Stachura (AeroEngr PhD'13), they founded...

Rendering of CAPSTONE orbiting the Moon.

Q&A - From a condo loft to NASA contracts: Life at Advanced Space

Bradley Cheetham with a model of the successful CAPSTONE satellite. Bradley Cheetham (MAeroEngr’11) and Dr. Jeff Parker (MAeroEngr’03, PhD’07) saw potential for sustainable exploration of space that they've turned into a booming startup company. From humble beginnings in Cheetham's loft, Advanced Space today has NASA contracts and a workforce of...

Mike Moreau

Aerospace grad has leading role on OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission

Sept. 20, 2023

Sailing across space, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is preparing for its most important challenge and a University of Colorado Boulder graduate has a major role in ensuring the mission’s success. Mike Moreau (AeroEngr MS’97, PhD’01) is NASA’s Goddard’s sample recovery manager for the mission that has...

Communications satellite in orbit

CU Boulder alumna working on revolutionary emergency communications tech for the iPhone 14

Nov. 9, 2022

Ashley Williams is advancing a lifelong passion for aerospace and making backcountry excursions safer through new iPhone technology. Williams, a 2006 CU Boulder graduate with dual degrees in aerospace engineering sciences and applied math, is a leader on the modeling and...

Kennedy Space Center

From the Space Shuttle to SpaceX – CU Boulder aerospace alumnus engages at Kennedy Space Center

July 15, 2022

Mike Lee (AeroEngr’87) is helping guide the national transformation from exclusively government to commercial space launches up to the International Space Station. As deputy manager of the Mission Management and Integration Office for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, he oversees mission operation planning and execution for launches of astronauts and cargo...

CAPSTONE over the lunar North Pole.

Aerospace company founded by CU Boulder graduates leading key NASA Moon mission

June 17, 2022

Stationed on the launchpad, its rocket glinting in the noonday sun, CAPSTONE is prepared for an imminent launch and the chance to demonstrate new technology that could prove critical for future exploration of...