Illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) LICIACube prior to impact at the Didymos binary system.

Building planetary defenses for killer asteroids

April 19, 2021

Jay McMahon is joining a groundbreaking NASA mission to test asteroid deflection technology. McMahon, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder has been named a participating scientist in the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). DART is the first...

Kevin Bowcutt

Seminar: Flying at the Edge of Space: The Challenges and Opportunities of Hypersonic Flight - April 23

April 16, 2021

Kevin Bowcutt Principal Senior Technical Fellow & Chief Scientist of Hypersonics, The Boeing Company Friday, April 23 | 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Webinar Abstract: Efforts to develop technologies and systems enabling hypersonic flight have been ongoing since the late 1940’s. During this time substantial advancements have been made in hypersonic...

Chris Muldrow

Muldrow new director of the Smead Program

April 14, 2021

Chris Muldrow has joined the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences as director of the flagship Smead Program. The Smead Program ensures the department attracts and retains the brightest minds in aerospace. It brings together graduate students, faculty and visiting professors to conduct groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research in...

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Five aerospace students earn major National Science Foundation Fellowship

April 13, 2021

The National Science Foundation has announced five students from the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences are 2021 recipients of the presitigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Anton Buynovskiy, Gregory Lund, Robert Sasse, Kieran Smith, and Shu-Yu (Michelle) Lin are each recipients of the fellowship, which recognizes outstanding...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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