A microchip.

AI may soon predict how electronics fail

June 24, 2021

Think of them as master Lego builders, only at an atomic scale. Engineers at CU Boulder have taken a major step forward in combing advanced computer simulations with artificial intelligence to try to predict how electronics, like the transistors in your cell phone, will fail. The new research was led...

The satellite being installed.

Lockheed Martin satellite mockup installed in Aerospace Building

June 23, 2021

Lockheed Martin built and donated a special 1/3 scale GPS IIIF satellite mockup to the University of Colorado Boulder Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. The model was...

Hiking near the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

Conducting aerospace research north of the Arctic Circle

June 22, 2021

University of Colorado Boulder students and faculty are at the Esrange Space Center in Sweden on a field campaign to collect stratospheric turbulence and particulate measurements to coincide with the launch of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) BOundary Layer Transition (BOLT) hypersonic test vehicle experiment...

AIAA logo.

Free year of AIAA membership from Smead Aerospace

June 21, 2021

Mark Sirangelo, Entrepreneur-Scholar-in-Residence, is offering all Smead Aerospace students an opportunity to advance their careers in the aerospace field. Working with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Mark is providing all currently enrolled CU Smead Aerospace students, undergraduate and graduate, with a free year of new membership in...

Cody Watson

Undergraduate researcher wins national video award

June 21, 2021

Cody Watson, a rising senior in aerospace engineering sciences, has been named a winner in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Student Video Competition . Watson spent last year participating in a Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) with faculty mentors Torin Clark and Allie Anderson. Their project centered on using auditory and...

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.