Dennis Akos and Allie Anderson

Akos, Anderson named 2020 Research & Innovation Office Faculty Fellows

Dec. 2, 2019

The Research & Innovation Office has announced the 2020 RIO Faculty Fellows , which is comprised of 13 of CU Boulder’s most promising faculty. Two members of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences were named to the program: Professor Dennis Akos and Assistant Professor Allie Anderson...

Drones lift a ‘Cut Before Flight’ ribbon to Ann Smead (left) and Brian Argrow at the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building grand opening ceremony on August 26, 2019.

Liftoff - 2019 a benchmark year for CU Engineering

Nov. 18, 2019

Aerospace has a new home at CU Boulder. The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences has moved into its new dedicated building on East Campus. Eighteen months after construction began, the four-story, 175,000-square-foot structure was completed over the summer. Classes and research are underway inside. “This new...

A student holding a UAV.

Students critical to massive drone study of tornadoes

Oct. 25, 2019

Researchers from CU Boulder flew drones into severe storms this spring for project TORUS, one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever, with students leading much of the work. Project TORUS—Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells—is a partnership between CU Boulder, the University...

Donor Ann Smead cuts a ribbon lifted up by two flying drones.

New aerospace engineering building launches, gets VIP visits

Aug. 26, 2019

And liftoff. Today, visitors from across Colorado gathered at CU Boulder for an event celebrating the new Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building , home to the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences . This building, which occupies roughly 175,000 square feet on East Campus, will be the new...

The new building.

Aerospace has a new home at CU Boulder

Aug. 19, 2019

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences has moved into a new dedicated building on East Campus. The four-story, nearly 180,000 square-foot structure was completed over the summer following 18 months of construction, and a formal ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Monday, August 26, to kick off the semester...

Alex Hirst with the RAAVEN fixed-wing drone.

Q&A with Smead Scholar Alex Hirst about his summer of severe storm research

July 24, 2019

Alex Hirst saw his first tornado recently, followed quickly by his second, third, fourth and fifth. As an aerospace PhD student and Smead Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder, he played an active role in the 2019 TORUS project – which took a team of...

A UAV in the air.

The air up there: CU team deploys multiple drones in tornado study

July 1, 2019

Researchers from CU Boulder flew drones into severe storms this spring in one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever.

A UAV mounted to a car.

TORUS Project Using Drones to Study Tornados

June 3, 2019

Researchers from CU Boulder are flying drones into severe storms in one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever. Project TORUS – or Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells – is a partnership between CU Boulder, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (which is leading...

A UAV flying in stormy weather

Tornado scientists send drone fleet into violent thunderstorms

May 21, 2019

Atmospheric scientists will soon get an unprecedented view of the conditions that trigger some of the United States’ most devastating tornadoes. Last week, a team of researchers set out across the Great Plains with a fleet of drones to monitor supercell thunderstorms. These rotating storms pummel the central United States...

The new aerospace buildng.

Smead Aerospace is moving to a new building

May 13, 2019

Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences is moving! After 18 months of construction, the department will vacate all of its space in the Engineering Center this summer and move to a brand new, dedicated building for the aerospace department on East Campus. The new facility is...

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