Stepping Down as Chair
By Penny Axelrad
For the past five years, I have had the honor of serving as chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, now newly named in honor of Ann and H.J. Smead. It has been an exciting time, especially over the past year.
We welcomed Bobby Braun, a highly respected aerospace professor, researcher, and former NASA Chief Technologist, as the new dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science; celebrated the naming of our department and the recognition of several distinguished and accomplished faculty members; and are now getting ready to break ground on a dedicated aerospace building, a transformational project that is moving forward after years of planning by many of our faculty and staff members.
These developments are positives for and have not gone unnoticed by prospective students, as applications continue to...
Research professor Bob Leben
is retiring after 34 years of service to the department. CU Boulder through-and-through, he also earned his bachelors, master’s, and PhD here. Leben has been a member of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR), with significant expertise in satellite altimetry and its application to ocean circulation and climate monitoring.
Professor Jeff Forbes
is retiring. An AIAA fellow and retired Lt. Col. in the Air Force Reserves, Forbes joined CU aerospace in 1992. He has conducted major research into the upper atmosphere environments of Earth and other planets and served as department chair from 2008-2012. In recognition of his contributions, he has been awarded Professor Emeritus status.
Congratulations and farewell to Patti Gassaway
, who has been a familiar face to faculty and students in Smead Aerospace for 25 years. She has been assistant to the chair since June 1992, and spent four years at Norlin Library before that. Her duties varied from chair to chair (she has served with six of them), and have included event planning, outreach, faculty support, scheduling, and most importantly, being an anchor for the department. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Kristine Larson was
awarded a Chalmers Honorary Doctorate “for her groundbreaking research on using GPS signals to measure soil moisture, snow depth, vegetation, and sea level.”
Jeffrey Thayer received a patent for describing an innovative lidar remote sensing technique called the INtrapulse PHAse Modification Induced by Scattering (INPHAMIS). It provides a 50-fold increase in resolution over previous systems.
Hanspeter Schaub has received the John Leland Atwood Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.
James Nabity received the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Mahmoud Hussein was issued a US patent, which presents a new type of material and approach whereby a semiconducting material may be nanostructured in a manner that leads to reducing its thermal conductivity without affecting its electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient.
Delores Knipp was
selected to give the 2017 CEDAR Prize Lecture.Knipp received the honor for her space weather research “unraveling the physical connection between shock-led interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs) and the subsequent response in the neutral thermosphere."
Sanghamitra Neogi was a co-author of a Web of Science Top 1% Highly Cited Paper in Physics.
Donna Gerren was named a Fellow of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers at the organization's 2017 international conference in Montreal, Canada.