Shayna Hume tries on a spacesuit glove that had previously flown to space.

Science, spacesuits, dehydrated food: Simulating Mars in the Utah desert

April 9, 2021

This weekend, Shayna Hume will blast off on an adventurous journey: The avid space buff, a graduate student in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder, is heading to Mars (or at least as close to Mars as you can get on Earth). The...

The International Space Station

Seminar: Shaping Space Policy - U.S. & International Perspectives - April 28

April 8, 2021

Future Insights Seminar with Scott Pace, Former Executive Secretary of the National Space Council Wednesday, April 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. Zoom Webinar • Register Now Abstract: Space and space technologies are developing at a pace that hasn’t been seen in decades. Much of this recent growth stems from the latest...


Senior Design teams earn 2nd, 3rd place in AIAA Region V Competition

April 6, 2021

University of Colorado Boulder aerospace students have earned high honors in the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Region V Student Paper competition. Senior design teams from the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences earned second and third place in the April competition, which was held...

Iain Boyd

Axios: Supersonic travel is about to make a comeback

April 5, 2021

Professor Iain Boyd talked to Axios in a article about the prospect of renewed supersonic travel. The article explores new aerospace startups hoping to bring back the prospect of commercial flights that break the sound barrier. Read the full article at Axios...

Robyn Macdonald

Studying computational fluid dynamics at hypersonic speeds

April 2, 2021

Robyn Macdonald is pushing the frontiers of extremely high speed research: hypersonics. A new assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, Macdonald joins a growing group of faculty conducting research into the extreme conditions faced at Mach 5...

CU Boulder campus seen from the air

Seminar: The Anatomy of ‘Autonomy’ - A Perspective on Intelligent, Autonomous Systems in Aerospace - April 9

April 1, 2021

Michael S Francis, Ph.D. Independent Aerospace Consultant Friday, April 9, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. | Zoom - Pre-Registration Required Abstract: The seminar is focused on the development and evolution of autonomous systems with an emphasis on aviation and broader aerospace applications. The presentation materials are derived from an introductory short...

CU Boulder campus seen from the air

Seminar: Driving Exploratory Visualization through Perception & Cognition - Apr. 2

March 31, 2021

Danielle Szafir Assistant Professor, Computer Science, CU Boulder Friday, April 2 | 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Webinar Abstract: Visualizations allow analysts to rapidly explore and make sense of their data. The ways we visualize data directly influence the conclusions we draw and decisions we make; however, our knowledge of how...

A space capsule reentering the atmosphere.

CU Boulder to lead new $15M NASA Space Tech Research Institute

March 31, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder are leading a new $15 million, multi-partner institute with NASA over the next five years to improve entry, descent and landing technologies for exploring other planets. The new Advanced Computational Center for Entry System Simulation (ACCESS) institute was announced Tuesday by NASA. It will focus on...

Aerospace building

Smead Aerospace commitment to inclusion

March 30, 2021

At the end of last summer, the Ann & H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences received a letter from graduate students urging faculty and staff to recognize and counteract the role racism has played in the aerospace field and in academia. Their pleas followed the brutal killings of George...

Leonardo DaVinci helicopter drawing

Future Insights Seminar: Art & Science, The Ying and Yang of a Career - March 31

March 24, 2021

So much of science begins as a creative, intuitive and disruptive effort. So much of creativity has, as its base, the discipline of repetition, discipline & exploration. The art of science and the science of art has been present for as long as both have...