Department Update | Summer 2016
The Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is looking for a new home.

Early steps are being taken to construct a dedicated aerospace building.

"We're bursting at the seams here in the Engineering Center," said Doug Smith, assistant dean for programs and engagement. "The department is growing and we're doing a whole host of things the building just wasn't designed for."

The department has been housed in the Engineering Center since 1966, and the building hasn't kept up with today’s aerospace research and educational program needs. Entire fields that had not been conceived of when the Engineering Center was built, like UAVs and remote sensing, are now major focuses for the department. >> Read More

A proof-of-concept space probe has earned a student team recognition from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Team ELSA (Europa Lander for Science Acquisition) took first place in the team category at the 2016 AIAA Region 5 Student Conference, and are now preparing to compete for a national award at the upcoming AIAA National Conference.

"We were already proud of the project and the papers we had written, but winning the conference really put in perspective its quality," said Scott Mende.

The lander was commissioned by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. as a senior design project. All aerospace seniors take part in a year-long capstone project sponsored by an outside company or research lab. Projects are designed to solve real-world engineering problems being faced by the sponsor. >> Read More

Five years after entering the University of Colorado Boulder, BS/MS graduate Thomas Green is headed to the Jet Propulsion Lab, leaving behind a strong legacy as an award-winning student, lead senior projects teaching assistant, and advocate for STEM education, not to mention being part of the team that earned $30,000 in a NASA competition. It's an impressive finish for a student who started his college career as an accounting major.

"I originally applied to be an accounting major because I enjoyed math. A few weeks before classes started freshman year I realize there were more fun ways to use math and 'space' is pretty cool. Since then I've never looked back," said Green. >> Read More

From his youth on a farm without electricity, to flying missions over southeast Asia, to the heights of power running part of a nuclear weapons program, 83-year-old John Guiling has seen it all.

The 1969 University of Colorado Boulder master's graduate speaks most fondly of his time as a pilot.

"I just had a marvelous, wonderful time flying the hottest stuff in the sky," Guiling said.

Initially stationed in Albuquerque, Guiling worked extensively with the then-new jet fighters, including the F-100, the first Air Force fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. Much of Guiling's work involved flight tests to see how weapons systems would work in real-world conditions. Some tests went better than others. >> Read More

Award-Winning Students

Hong Zhao, PhD (Aero, 2015) won Outstanding Student Paper Award in Magnetospheric at the Fall 2015 AGU Meeting.

tobiasTobias Niederwieser, PhD student, was selected to participate in the Space Studies Program of the International Space University. The 8-week program will be conducted in Haifa, Israel. He received scholarships to attend the program from the European Space Agency, the Association of Austrian Space Industries, and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.

Vu Nguyen received an Outstanding Student Poster Award for his poster, "Addressing the Question of Large Scale Nonlinera Wave Coupling in the Space-Atmosphere Interaction Region" at the Fall 2015 AGU Meeting.

Ryan McGranaghan, PhD (Aero, 2016), has been awarded a NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Ryan will perform his post-doctoral work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Ionospheric and Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group with Dr. Anthony Mannucci.

heatherhavaHeather Hava, MS and PhD student, received the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Graduate Winner. The award recognizes promising student inventors. Hava's research and award were featured in the Denver Post.

Maria Del Mar Cols Margenet, PhD student, won the Balsells Graduate Fellowship.

Alice Bradley, Ann Dietrich, and Samantha Rieger were each selected to participate in the MIT-Stanford Women in Aerospace Symposium. They will receive travel reimbursement and the opportunity to present a poster and a talk at MIT. 

Dietrich was also awarded a $10,000 Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Conor Benson, Daniel Case, Michael Lotto, and Kristin Nichols, all PhD students, each received 2016 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grant awards support students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's goal of creating innovative new space technologies to advance science, exploration, and the economy.

bennettgeissgreenTrevor Bennett, Markus Geiss, and Thomas Green were each named to the 2016 Aviation Week 20 Twenties list recognizing promising engineering students.

From the Chair
PennyThe department is looking for industry sponsors for senior projects. As many of you likely remember, all aerospace seniors complete a capstone team project solving a real-world engineering problem. These projects are made possible by industry partners, ranging from large aerospace primes to small Colorado startups.

Your participation in senior projects gives students relevant industry experience while simultaneously benefitting your company through their creativity and hard work under the supervision of our expert faculty and staff.

Sponsoring senior design is a great way to give back, to take on a challenging engineering problem, and to check out potential future hires. It is also an incredible opportunity to stay engaged in the aerospace program.

Hands-on learning is a true hallmark of the CU-Boulder aerospace department. As our student enrollment continues to grow, your involvement will ensure senior design continues to be a success.

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Happy Retirements to Joe Tanner and Diane Dimeff

5q_tanner_topJoe Tanner has been a much admired senior instructor in the department since 2008, teaching classes and advising both graduate and senior design projects.

He joined the faculty at CU-Boulder after a storied career as a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut. Tanner flew on four shuttle missions, including a Hubble servicing mission. He has logged over 44 days in space, including 46 EVA hours across seven space walks.

DimeffDiane Dimeff is retiring after serving as the director of CU-Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, and the director of eSpace - the Center for Space Entrepreneurship since 2008.

In these roles Dimeff worked to build industry partnerships, bringing new research to the university and commercializing innovative technologies developed by faculty and students.  She has also been instrumental in creating educational opportunities for student professional development.

Faculty Awards

HanspeterSchaubHanspeter Schaub received the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at his alma mater, Texas A&M University. Schaub received his BS, MS, and PhD from Texas A&M. The award recognizes alumni for professional achievement, community service, and service to the university.

ThayerJeff Thayer is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work. The award recognizes faculty for outstanding work and a concerted effort to make advances in the academy.

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