Roland Barnabas Ilyes

Enjoying "eureka" moments all the way to an aerospace master's

Aug. 3, 2022

I am from Arvada, Colorado and I've always been interested in math and science, particularly when we see solutions to problems that make so much sense that it's hard to believe they came from a bunch of equations. It's a bit of a...


Four CU Boulder aerospace students earn major NASA Fellowship

July 29, 2022

Four students in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences are being recognized with 2022 NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO) fellowships. The annual program sponsors U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new...

A lidar beam shooting into the sky at night.

PhD student headed to Antarctica to conduct climate research with lasers

July 26, 2022

Arunima Prakash is preparing to study the upper atmosphere from one of the coldest and most desolate places on Earth: Antarctica. Prakash, an aerospace PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, is studying polar mesospheric clouds and their...

Iain Boyd

Evaluating the risks of military anti-satellite lasers

July 26, 2022

Iain Boyd is exploring the threats posed by a new ground-based laser facility reportedly being built by Russia to interfere with satellites orbiting overhead. Boyd is the director of the Center for National Security Initiatives at the University of Colorado Boulder and a professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead...

Students at the Desert Research Station conducting a medical simulation.

New MD-MS Program Prepares Medical Students for Careers in Human Spaceflight

July 22, 2022

Space needs doctors, and a new joint MD-MS degree program between the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder is aimed at giving medical students the skills they need to advance human spaceflight. “The aerospace field is growing massively, especially in...

The Dittman Family

A desire to learn more evolved into an aerospace PhD program

July 22, 2022

I came to Boulder, CO for employment with an impactful non-profit that supports earth science research using geodetic data called UNAVCO.If you aren’t sure what geodesy is, you are not alone, but you definitely depend...

Bees on a honey comb.

CU Boulder researchers explore the engineering of bee honeycombs

July 19, 2022

Francisco López Jiménez is taking on an unusual research subject for an assistant professor in aerospace -- honeycombs. A faculty member in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, López Jiménez is buzzing with a new $497,000 National Science Foundation grant...

Kennedy Space Center

From the Space Shuttle to SpaceX – CU Boulder aerospace alumnus engages at Kennedy Space Center

July 15, 2022

Mike Lee (AeroEngr’87) is helping guide the national transformation from exclusively government to commercial space launches up to the International Space Station. As deputy manager of the Mission Management and Integration Office for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, he oversees mission operation planning and execution for launches of astronauts and cargo...

Phil, Alex, and Dom Miceli in Hawaii.

All in the family – three brothers majoring in aerospace at CU Boulder

July 13, 2022

Phil, Alex, and Dom Miceli have a lot in common, especially their choice in college education — the three brothers are all aerospace engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder. The trio are pursuing a challenging, in-demand career field that...

Ofer Dagan

Going back for an aerospace PhD after ten years in industry

July 11, 2022

I grew up in southern Israel, on a Kibbutz, a small social community, where I spent my childhood. From a young age I loved solving problems: first simple math, and later, in high school, physics and chemistry. After the army, when I had to choose a field of study, I knew I wanted to be an engineer and I loved airplanes and UAVs...