The Aerospace Building

Welcoming five new faculty to CU Boulder Smead Aerospace

Aug. 16, 2022

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming five new faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year. Meet the team and see why we're excited about these talented new hires:

Pischulti at NASA Johnson Space Center inside the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility.

PhD student crafting a future to help astronauts live better in space

Aug. 11, 2022

I grew up in Augsburg, Germany which is about 60 minutes west of Munich. While playing in Germany's under 19 first division basketball league, I started an apprenticeship to become a computer engineer. This was my first exposure to...

The International Space Station

Aerospace PhD research proposes better way to keep astronauts breathing in space

Aug. 8, 2022

Álvaro Romero-Calvo (AeroEngr PhD’22) is proposing a potentially better way to make oxygen for astronauts in space – using magnetism. Romero-Calvo, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder, is part of an international team...

Iain Boyd

Boyd featured in news podcast on hypersonic weapons

Aug. 8, 2022

Professor Iain Boyd was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a new podcast on the international race to develop hypersonic weapons. Boyd, a professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, is also the director of the CU Boulder Center for National Security Initiatives ...

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...