Bobby Braun (photo by Denver Post)

From Mars to Boulder, Bobby Braun brings cachet as new dean of the college of engineering

Jan. 3, 2017

For a good portion of his career, Bobby Braun has wrestled with the technological challenges of putting spacecraft on Mars. His landing in Boulder, where he's taking over as dean of the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, proved a long-awaited but less complicated re-entry. Continuing a...

Coronal Mass Ejection

Researchers dial in to 'thermostat' in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Dec. 16, 2016

A team led by CU Boulder has found the mechanism behind the sudden onset of a “natural thermostat” in Earth’s upper atmosphere that dramatically cools the air after it has been heated by violent solar activity. Scientists have known that solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – which release...

Chris Shank

Aero Alumnus on Presidential NASA Transition Landing Team

Nov. 30, 2016

Congratulations to Christopher Shank (Aero MS '96), for being appointed by President-elect Donald Trump to the NASA transition landing team. Transition teams or "landing parties" typically are named for each federal department and agency by incoming presidential administrations to do an initial review of an agency's portfolio and identify pressing...

Biomolecular model based on the gene expression data analyses support the reduction of glucose molecules (blue gradient) and acid buildup (gold gradient) proposed to occur in the boundary layer around the cell.

Bioserve Partnership Investigates Why Bacteria Behave Differently in Space

Nov. 28, 2016

Heather Hava with strawberry plants.

Sky-high harvest: Space gardening for astronauts

Nov. 18, 2016

Graduate student Heather Hava’s gardening skills are out of this world. Hava, who is in aerospace engineering sciences , has dedicated much of her CU Boulder academic life to developing advanced fruit and vegetable gardening systems that may someday be used by spacefarers living in outposts on Mars or the...

Bobby Braun in front of a National Geographic sign saying 'Mars'.

Mars Series Debuts with CU Connection

Nov. 11, 2016

National Geographic will debut its six-part miniseries “Mars” on Monday, Nov. 14 , and the fascinating docudrama has a CU Boulder connection. Incoming engineering dean and aerospace professor Bobby Braun served as a technical consultant for the show over the past year, working with the writers, producers, director, set designers...

Matthew Hurst

Astronaut Scholarship Winner Has Out-Of-This-World Goals

Nov. 8, 2016

Matt Hurst dreams of becoming an astronaut. It’s a desire shared by many around the world, but for Hurst, these are not merely idle thoughts of someone staring at the night sky. As an aerospace student, Hurst is on a path he hopes will take him into space, but if...

Sanghamitra Neogi

DARPA Grant for Nano-Sized Research Could Lead to Big Changes

Nov. 8, 2016

Dead cell phones are the problem of the 21st-century. Walk into any coffee shop or airport and every outlet in sight will be plugged with chargers. However, what if you never had to worry about charging your phone again, because your charger was your own body heat. It's a future...

Blair Thompson

Alumnus with Three Master's Degrees and a PhD is Still Learning

Nov. 8, 2016

Blair Thompson spends a lot of time thinking about satellite flight trajectories and navigation. It is his job, after all, but it's also a personal drive. You don't earn three master’s degrees and a PhD by accident, well, one of them was sort of by accident, but more on that...

New Aerospace Building Artist's Rendering.

Counting Down to Groundbreaking for a New Aerospace Building

Nov. 8, 2016

How should a new aerospace building at CU Boulder look? What kind of lab space is needed? How big should the classrooms be? Campus officials are working to answer exactly those question as they draw up designs for the proposed structure. Earlier this year, CU Boulder publicly announced a push...