Virtual Graduation Ceremony video.

Watch the 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony

May 15, 2020

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences would like to congratulate all 2020 bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy graduates with a special virtual graduation ceremony in their honor. Although we can't be together to celebrate in person, we are excited for your...

The four honorees.

Four students earn 2020 Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowships

May 26, 2020

Congratulation to four Smead Aerospace PhD students for earning 2020 Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowships! The program recognizes up to 35 women annually pursuing doctoral degrees in...

Demetrius Ross

“The sky isn’t the limit” - NASA intern Demetrius M. Ross

May 21, 2020

CU Boulder Aerospace junior Demetrius M. Ross is preparing for an internship with NASA. Due to COVID-19, he will no longer be traveling to the Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), but he’ll still be keeping busy.Working remotely between teams of professional engineers and his mentor, NASA project systems engineer Timothy...

A launching rocket.

Podcast: Getting to the Moon / Spacecraft Propulsion Systems with Iain Boyd

May 21, 2020

Professor Iain Boyd talks spacecraft propulsion systems in the lasted episode of the Mapping R^3 podcast. He discusses the different types of propulsion systems currently in existence, the constraints each type of propulsion system exhibits, & where propulsions systems could be in the future. Listen here...

Iain Boyd

To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster – nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

May 20, 2020

Professor Iain Boyd discusses the potential for nuclear-powered rockets in a new column at The Conversation: With dreams of Mars on the minds of both NASA and Elon Musk, long-distance crewed missions through space are coming. But you might be surprised to learn that modern rockets don’t go all that...

Degree Cover

Smead Aerospace Class of 2020 Individual & Senior Design Awards

May 15, 2020

Congratulations to the Smead Aerospace Class of 2020! We are celebrating our outstanding degree candidates with a special virtual commencement ceremony , and are recognizing numerous students and teams for special achievements. All individual awards and senior design team honorees were announced during the virtual ceremony. CU Boulder / AIAA...

MAXWELL flatsat in the clean room.

Aerospace America: How CU Boulder continues cubesat work during the pandemic

May 14, 2020

Now that he’s more than a month into online learning, Scott Palo is glad that he and his grad students put some thought into their strategy of “grabbing a bunch of stuff” before leaving campus. For Palo’s students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, like those in other aerospace...

Elliott Davis

Davis earns 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate for Research Award

May 13, 2020

Elliott Davis is graduating from Smead Aerospace with his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science as well as an extra feather in his cap, a 2020 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Undergraduate for Research Award. His next step is Lockheed Martin Space, where he will...

Iain Boyd

Research will create important data in field of hypersonics

May 12, 2020

Professor Iain Boyd is hoping new materials research funding from the U.S. Navy will lead to better understanding and management of heat transfer in hypersonic vehicles through the use of ultra-high-temperature ceramics. Boyd, who is based in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, said the research...

Jarrod Puseman

From paper airplanes to aerospace engineer - Outstanding Undergraduate Jarrod Puseman

May 11, 2020

Jarrod Puseman is graduating from Smead Aerospace with his bachelor's as one of three 2020 students in the department having earned an Outstanding Undergraduate for Academic Achievement Award after completing his degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He plans to continue with CU Boulder in the...