University of Colorado
College of Engineering & Applied Science
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Department Update | Spring 2016
College Mourns Passing of Distinguished Aerospace Professor

Pioneering space researcher and University of Colorado Boulder aerospace engineering sciences professor George Born has died. He was 76 years old. Born was a major force in making the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU an internationally recognized institution, and founded the university's Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research. "George was a world-renowned expert in astrodynamics and remote sensing of earth. He had a profound impact on students and faculty and will be deeply missed," said Robert H. Davis, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science

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Helping High School Students
"Dream Big"
The Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is encouraging high school students from rural areas to consider a future in engineering. A team of students and professors traveled to Ovid, in the far northeast corner of Colorado, to take part in a special high school 'Dream Big Day'. The purpose of the day was to promote careers in engineering to rural students who might not otherwise consider them.

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Remembering Challenger at 30 Years

Fallen NASA astronauts, including AES alumni Ellison Onizuka (AeroEngr '69), who died in the Challenger accident, and Kalpana Chawla (AeroEngr PhD '88), who died in the Columbia accident, were recognized on campus in January. CU-Boulder holds an annual event and procession commemorating the loss of the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttles. 2016 takes on special significance as it marks 30 years since the Challenger accident, which occurred January 28, 1986.

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Students Design Orbiting Incubator
A CU-designed lab is being readied for experiments on board the International Space Station. The Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL) is a new incubator for cell cultures and other biological experiments. The suitcase-sized lab is a project of CU's bioastronautics program — designed, constructed, and tested through BioServe Space Technologies. Students have played major roles throughout the process.

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Honors & Awards


Aaron Buysse (Aero BS/MS 2015), Best Paper Award at the AIAA SciTech 2016 conference for a paper he co-authored

Frank T. Buzzard (AeroEngr BS '74), 2016 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

Moriba K. Jah (AeroEngr PhD '05), 2016 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.


Brian Argrow, 2016 Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Kristine Larson
, Faculty Research Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Scott Palo, Max S. Peters Faculty Service Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


Ryan McGranaghan, Outstanding Student Poster Award Fall 2015 American Geophysical Union


AES ranked in top ten veteran-friendly aerospace and aeronautical engineering schools by the Military Times.


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