Graduate student Taylor Lonner dons a virtual reality headset inside the Tilt-Translation Sled, a machine that, in experiments, can mimic the motion of ocean waves.

With space travel comes motion sickness. These engineers want to help

March 1, 2024

In a corner room of the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building at CU Boulder, Torin Clark is about to go for a ride. The associate professor straps himself into what looks like an intimidating dentist’s chair perched on metal scaffolding, which, in turn, rests on a circular base. The whole set...

CU Boulder faculty, students, and researchers at the conference.

CU Boulder aerospace students, post-docs honored at NASA Workshop

Feb. 19, 2024

Three University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students and post-doctoral fellows were honored at the 2024 NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop...

Rendering of a brain.

Researchers at CU Boulder advancing more trustworthy autonomous systems with U.S Air Force

May 3, 2023

Allie Anderson and Torin Clark at CU Boulder are conducting research into how humans and artificial intelligence systems work together. The pair are part of a multi-university research team commissioned by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study trust in autonomous systems. It is an important and complex...

An astronaut working with one of the experiments on orbit.

Heart experiments to help astronauts live better in space

April 5, 2023

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are hard at work on research guided by students and researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder. Two cardiovascular tissue experiments were...

Allie Anderson

Anderson lands prestigious NSF CAREER research award to study human-autonomy interactions

March 16, 2023

Allie Anderson is probing trust in human-robot interactions with a major grant provided to promising early career faculty. Anderson has earned a $675,000 National Science...

Two biological experiments designed by engineers at CU Boulder.

CU Boulder space yeast experiment featured on NPR

Dec. 6, 2022

The Artemis 1 spacecraft is in orbit around the Moon this week, carrying 12,000 varieties of yeast as part of an experiment led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The yeast cells will help scientists answer a critical question in space exploration: How might human bodies fare in the extreme...

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...

The Aerospace Building

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...

Zea and Niederwieser work on a component in the lab.

NASA launch will carry CU baker's yeast experiment to the moon and back

Aug. 29, 2022

A team of researchers led by CU Boulder is sending some unexpected hitchhikers to the moon: Twelve bags filled with baker’s yeast, the same kind of hard-working cells that make bread rise and ferment beer and wine. As early as Friday, a rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty is...

Students at the Desert Research Station conducting a medical simulation.

New MD-MS Program Prepares Medical Students for Careers in Human Spaceflight

July 22, 2022

Space needs doctors, and a new joint MD-MS degree program between the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder is aimed at giving medical students the skills they need to advance human spaceflight. “The aerospace field is growing massively, especially in...