An aurora viewed from the International Space Station.

New center will lay groundwork for better space weather forecasts

Sept. 25, 2023

A new center led by CU Boulder will undertake research to make the region of space between Earth and the moon a little safer—potentially helping satellites navigate through this tumultuous and sometimes hazardous environment. This summer, NASA announced that it had selected four Space Weather Centers of Excellence , including...

CU Boulder campus from the air.

Seminar: One Drop of Fuel Changes Everything - Sept. 29

Sept. 25, 2023

Shawn Hendricks Chief Operating Officer, Orbit Fab Friday, Sept. 29 | 10:40 a.m. | AERO 120 Abstract: Imagine if every time you ran out of fuel you had to buy a new car? For a satellite that’s the paradigm. Satellites are not and have not been capable of refueling. When...

Cell phone with a lock symbol on the screen.

CU Boulder earns $5 million award for 5G cellular security research

Sept. 22, 2023

A team of University of Colorado Boulder researchers is leading a major military-oriented project for 5G wireless security. The National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program has awarded CU Boulder $5 million for “GHOST: 5G Hidden Operations through Securing Traffic.” The goal of the work is...

Mike Moreau

Aerospace grad has leading role on OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission

Sept. 20, 2023

Sailing across space, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is preparing for its most important challenge and a University of Colorado Boulder graduate has a major role in ensuring the mission’s success. Mike Moreau (AeroEngr MS’97, PhD’01) is NASA’s Goddard’s sample recovery manager for the mission that has...

Allie Anderson

Seminar: Measuring and mitigating the effects of spaceflight on human health and performance - Sept. 22

Sept. 18, 2023

As NASA’s priorities shift toward longer duration flights in deep space microgravity or on the surface of the Moon or Mars, the decrements to human health and performance will be exacerbated. This talk discusses...

The Aerospace Building

Bosanac honored by Rocky Mountain AIAA

Sept. 14, 2023

Natasha Bosanac has been selected as the 2023 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Rocky Mountain Section Young Professional Engineer of the Year for her "significant impact in the field of space exploration and astrodynamics." Bosanac is an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace...


Four aerospace students earn major NASA fellowships

Sept. 13, 2023

Three University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students have been named 2023 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST). Nick Dietrich, Ben Hogan, Andrea Lopez, and Margaret Scott have each earned the grants, which provide up to $50,000 annually for three years to cover tuition, expenses,...

An artist's render shows a soft robot using its flexible flower-shaped limbs to touch down on an asteroid.

Asteroid Landings Call For Robots With a Soft Touch

Sept. 8, 2023

Jay McMahon's work on soft robots for space exploration and mining is being highlighted by IEEE Spectrum. McMahon, an associate professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, is developing Area-of-Effect Softbots (AoES) for asteroid proximity operations that can use electro-adhesion, solar radiation, or van der...

Maryam Shakiba

Seminar - Physics-based Modeling of Materials: Finite Element and Data-Driven Approaches - Sept. 15

Sept. 7, 2023

Maryam Shakiba Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Sept. 15 | 10:40 a.m. | AERO 120 Abstract: This presentation discusses computational modeling of complex materials behaviors under multi-physics conditions for Aerospace applications. We develop chemistry, physics, and mechanics-based constitutive equations to explain complex systems. Then, we devise high-fidelity numerical ap-proaches and...

The Aerospace Building

Panel and Q&A - Charting Your Course: Navigating Careers in Aerospace - Sept. 6

Aug. 29, 2023

Wednesday September 6, 2023 5-6:30 p.m. • AERO 120 Smead Aerospace invites you to attend the inaugural event of a new workshop series on the broad range of opportunities for careers in aerospace engineering. We have assembled a panel of three aerospace professionals who will discuss exciting and innovative accomplishments...