Mark Moretto and Ryan Blay

Aviation Week honors two students as aerospace leaders

Jan. 30, 2019

University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students Ryan Blay and Mark Moretto have been announced as 2019 recipients of the Aviation Week Network “Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties" honors. The program, a collaboration of Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), recognizes students earning STEM...


Taking the measure of an asteroid

Dec. 3, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have a front row seat today to observe a NASA spacecraft as it arrives at the asteroid Bennu, coming to within 4.5 miles of the space rock. This close approach, followed by a flyby Dec. 4, up is the first in a series of planned...

Jay McMahon

Building Robots that Eat Asteroids for Science, Safety, and Profit. Seminar: Oct. 5

Oct. 1, 2018

Jay McMahon, Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 | DLC | 12:00 P.M. Download Flyer Abstract: There is great interest in asteroid exploration for three reasons - science, planetary defense, and asteroid mining. While many dream of getting rich off of mining rare minerals, the real treasure is...

Illustration of robot landing and moving on an asteroid.

Jay McMahon Lands NASA Grant for Soft Robots in Space

April 10, 2017

Illustration of robot landing and moving on an asteroid. If humans in future decades realize a goal of mining asteroids for water, Jay McMahon may very well be able to take credit for helping to make it happen. McMahon, 34, is the recipient of one of 15 Phase I proposals...

Jay McMahon

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an asteroid named after a CU Boulder prof

Aug. 1, 2016

Nearly 750,000 asteroids and comets have been discovered in the solar system, but most of them are known only by a numerical designation. Jay McMahon has made a career studying these celestial bodies, and now he's being recognized with an "award" large enough to cover the entire University of Colorado...