A space capsule reentering the atmosphere.

CU Boulder to lead new $15M NASA Space Tech Research Institute

March 31, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder are leading a new $15 million, multi-partner institute with NASA over the next five years to improve entry, descent and landing technologies for exploring other planets. The new Advanced Computational Center for Entry System Simulation (ACCESS) institute was announced Tuesday by NASA. It will focus on...

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Smead Aerospace commitment to inclusion

March 30, 2021

At the end of last summer, the Ann & H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences received a letter from graduate students urging faculty and staff to recognize and counteract the role racism has played in the aerospace field and in academia. Their pleas followed the brutal killings of George...

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Future Insights Seminar: Art & Science, The Ying and Yang of a Career - March 31

March 24, 2021

So much of science begins as a creative, intuitive and disruptive effort. So much of creativity has, as its base, the discipline of repetition, discipline & exploration. The art of science and the science of art has been present for as long as both have...

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CU Sounding Rocket Lab: On a Mission to Space

March 18, 2021

What does it feel like to work on a project for months and have its success or failure determined in an instant? To move through rigorous, painstaking design and analysis and know it comes down to a single opportunity for success? To spend innumerable late nights...

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Hyperloop team "digs in" for a shot at victory

March 17, 2021

t started with close to 400. Now it’s down to 12. The CU Boulder Hyperloop team is one of only a dozen finalists for The Boring Company’s Not-A-Boring Competition , rubbing shoulders with the likes of MIT and ETH Zurich. The mission of The Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk,...

Brian Argrow

Seminar: Supercells to Supersonics: Aerospace Engineering Applied to Atmospheric & Weather Research - March 16

March 11, 2021

Brian Argrow Professor and Chair, Smead Aerospace Tuesday, March 16 | 3:00 P.M. | Zoom Webinar Abstract: In June 2010, the University of Colorado and University of Nebraska collaborated for the first collection of thermodynamic data in a supercell thunderstorm using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) as part of the...

Tomoko Matsuo

Qualitative Data from Citizen Scientists Enhances AMGeO’s Auroras Research

March 10, 2021

In response to solar storms, electrons and ions are produced in the Earth’s magnetosphere that collide with the upper atmosphere’s oxygen and nitrogen. This collision causes a release of energy in the form of a magnificent glow of light - an aurora. Only visible in high-latitude regions, auroras have long...

Allie Anderson

Choose to Challenge: Allison Anderson

March 9, 2021

Allison Anderson, the 2020 Young Professional Engineer of the Year (Rocky Mountain AIAA), has been a professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2017. Throughout her time, she has focused on research involving space and aviation biomedical issues...

Penina Axelrad

Axelrad leading the way through positioning, navigation and timing

March 5, 2021

Penina Axelrad has built her career pushing the boundaries of GPS technology. As a faculty member in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, she has earned accolades from her peers, served in leadership positions, taught hundreds and hundreds of students, been inducted into the National Academy...

Álvaro Romero-Calvo

PhD student wins suborbital research launch competition

March 2, 2021

Álvaro Romero-Calvo is sending research up, up and away with Blue Origin. The second-year aerospace PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder has won the 2021 Ken Souza Memorial Student Spaceflight Research Program, sponsored by the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, earning him a payload slot on...