Astronauts on an EVA at the Mars Desert Research Station

Planning for life on Mars

June 3, 2021

Shayna Hume and a team of fellow students are trying out life on Mars through a unique Earth-based experience. An aerospace engineering PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, Hume recently returned from a two-week stay at the Mars Desert Research Station, an “analogue” astronaut research facility in the...

STAR lidar at Table Mountain.

Atmospheric metal layers appear with surprising regularity

June 2, 2021

Twice a day, at dusk and just before dawn, a faint layer of sodium and other metals begins sinking down through the atmosphere, about 90 miles high above the city of Boulder, Colorado. The movement was captured by one of the world’s most sensitive “lidar” instruments and reported Tuesday in...

Kristine Larson

Eos highlights Larson earning Charles A. Whitten Medal

May 26, 2021

The journal Eos is touting Professor Emerita Kristine Larson's win of the 2020 AGU Charles A. Whitten Medal. The American Geophysical Union honor recognized Larson for her outstanding achievement in research on the form and dynamics of the Earth and planets: "Kristine Larson is among the great innovators in geodesy...

Yashica and Jamie

Two aerospace students land 2021 Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowships

May 24, 2021

Congratulation to Smead Aerospace PhD students Yashica Khatri and Jamie Voros for earning 2021 Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowships! The program, open to students worldwide, recognizes up to...

Nisar Ahmed

Video: Autonomous Systems and the Cooperative Human-Robot Intelligence Lab

May 18, 2021

Nisar Ahmed is developing collaborative human and autonomous robot vehicle systems and machine learning and artificial intelligence for aerospace applications. A n assistant professor in Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder, Ahmed's work is advancing how people and robots interact and work with eachother.

Pawel Sawicki

CU Boulder hypersonics modeling research honored at AIAA

May 13, 2021

Pawel Sawicki, a PhD student in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder, is the lead author on a paper that recently won the AIAA Thermophysics Best Student Paper award at SciTech 2021. The article – titled “Influence of Chemical Kinetics Models on Plasma...

Visualization of satellites in orbit around Earth. (Credit: NASA)

Crashing Chinese rocket highlights growing dangers of space debris

May 12, 2021

This weekend, a Chinese rocket booster, weighing nearly 23 tons, came rushing back to Earth after spending more than a week in space—the result of what some critics, including NASA Administrator Bill Nelson , have attributed to poor planning by China. Pieces of the rocket, dubbed Long March 5B, are...

Diploma cover

Smead Aerospace Class of 2021 Awards

May 7, 2021

Congratulations to the Smead Aerospace Class of 2021! 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. Most Outstanding Senior Emma...

Aerospace building

Watch the Spring 2021 Aerospace Graduation Ceremony

May 6, 2021

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences would like to congratulate all 2021 bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy graduates with this special virtual graduation ceremony in their honor. Although we can't be together to celebrate in person, we are excited for your...

First generation graduates

Celebrating our first generation graduates

May 6, 2021

The college of engineering & applied science is honored to recognize the accomplishments of first-generation students as they achieve a new milestone for themselves, their families, and their communities in obtaining a degree from CU Boulder. For the first time, first-generation students will be receiving a red graduation cord, symbolizing...