Graduate Student Awarded NASA Fellowship

Dec. 6, 2013

Christine Fanchiang, AES PhD student (advisor: David Klaus), was awarded a Harriet G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship from NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), which is meant to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The Jenkins fellowship provides as much as $45k annually for as... Read more »

7 CU Students to be Honored at Twenty20s Awards

Nov. 6, 2013

In Penton’s Aviation Week ( ) announcement, seven of the twenty winners nationwide are CU Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences students. The newest awards program, “Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The Twenty20s,” produced in partnership with Raytheon, recognizes top engineering, math, science and technology students. The program connects the next generation of... Read more »

Unmanned aircraft useful for civilians.

Nov. 1, 2013

Unmanned aircraft are proving more and more useful for civilian applications. See this brief video at for a local industry news on UAVs and the CU-Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences connection.Read more »

Joe Tanner Helps Students Realize Their Dreams of Space

Oct. 21, 2013

Joe Tanner's hands have repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. They've spent countless hours inside pressurized space gloves, and now they squeeze a hand grip to combat the osteoarthritis that has developed over the years as a result. Tanner is no longer with NASA, and it's been seven years since he... Read more »

Battling Space Junk With a Tractor Beam of Static Electricity

Oct. 21, 2013

The growing problem of space junk around Earth could be cleaned up in part using the same forces that give you a static shock when you touch a doorknob on a windy day. By shooting space debris with an electron beam, a charged spacecraft could tug them to higher orbit... Read more »

CU-Boulder alum, NASA Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter dies at 88

Oct. 11, 2013

Scott Carpenter, a University of Colorado Boulder alumnus and a famed NASA Mercury astronaut who became only the second American to orbit Earth, died Thursday. He was 88. Carpenter, a Boulder native, entered CU-Boulder’s astronautical engineering program in 1945, eventually earning a bachelor of science degree. He orbited Earth three... Read more »

CU-Boulder Researchers Use Climate Model to Better Understand Electricity in the Air

Oct. 3, 2013

Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a detectable electrification of the air even in places with no thunderstorm activity. But until recently, scientists have not had a good understanding of how conductivity varies throughout the atmosphere and how that... Read more »

Student-Built Satellite Launched

Oct. 1, 2013

A small satellite designed and built by a team of University of Colorado Boulder students to better understand how atmospheric drag can affect satellite orbits was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday morning. The satellite, known as the Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer satellite, or... Read more »

Water found in Mars soil samples

Sept. 27, 2013

Dirt on Mars scooped up by the Curiosity rover and subjected to heat reveals that Martian soil holds about 2% by weight of water, a resource that could prove useful to astronauts and colonists in the future. Read more at NBC News and BBC News .Read more »

Life and Lasers in Antarctica

Sept. 16, 2013

Four months of darkness, minus-30-degree temperatures, 40-mile-per-hour winds—just another day at the lab for the Chu Research Group . The lab just happens to be at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where CIRES Fellow Xinzhao Chu and her team spend many months every year studying the polar atmosphere. Using remote-sensing technology... Read more »