Campus aerial photo.

Welcome to our new Smead Aerospace Faculty

Sept. 11, 2018

Who are our new faculty? They are researchers, educators, and business leaders. Bring the department new research opportunities and partnerships. Have diverse backgrounds and come to Boulder from near and far. Are proud additions to the Smead Aerospace and CU Buffs family.

Eric Frew

Video: Using advanced UAV tech to improve severe storm forecasts

Aug. 20, 2018

What set CU Boulder Engineering apart from other universities for Associate Professor Eric Frew? Autonomous drone technology. Learn more about Frew and his groundbreaking work that's advancing our understanding of tornadoes and the weather around us.

Mark Sirangelo

Aerospace leader Sirangelo to join CU Boulder Engineering

Aug. 7, 2018

Mark Sirangelo, who just concluded his career as the head of aerospace giant Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems, is joining the University of Colorado Boulder as an entrepreneur-in-residence beginning this month. Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, announced today that Sirangelo will join CU Boulder...

A UAV mid-flight.

Boulder researchers help lead drone week in San Luis Valley

July 19, 2018

Colorado's San Luis Valley has long been a hotbed for sightings of strange things in the sky, but this week it is not UFOs that are causing the buzz. Hundreds of drone flights have taken to the skies near Alamosa as part of what is billed as Flight Week, mounted...

A fixed wing drone flying in a supercell.

CU Boulder flies drones in supercell storms

June 18, 2018

As a supercell thunderstorm loomed, Eric Frew, an associate professor of aerospace at the University of Colorado Boulder, drove one of the vehicles in a three-vehicle convoy straight toward it. When Frew references "good" weather, he's talking about the roiling clouds that spit hail and spawn tornadoes, not sunny skies...

Eric Frew speaking with students at Battle Nountain High School. Photo by the Eagle County School District.

CU Aerospace talks UAV tech with Colorado high schoolers

April 12, 2018

Students at Battle Mountain High school in Edwards, Colorado, welcomed CU Boulder Smead Aerospace to campus last week for a STEM Expo. Educators and technology professionals from across Colorado participated in the event. Professor Eric Frew and PhD student Ramya Kanlapuli Rajasekaran spoke with students about unmanned aerial systems and...

Aerospace Building construction site.

New aerospace building construction under way -- watch our live webcam for progress updates!

March 12, 2018

A new building is taking shape on the University of Colorado Boulder’s East Campus, and it’s getting an extra boost thanks to expanding student enrollment. Construction of a 144,000-square-foot dedicated facility for the Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department has been underway since October, with grading and foundation...

Breaking ground.

New CU Boulder aerospace building breaks ground

Oct. 26, 2017

CU Boulder broke ground today on a new 144,000-square-foot aerospace engineering building, with even spacesuit-clad mascot Chip turning one of the first shovels-full of dirt for the project. The state of Colorado is a hub of the nation’s aerospace industry, and the new facility, slated to open in the summer...

Brian Argrow

Q&A with aerospace chair Brian Argrow

Sept. 25, 2017

Brian Argrow, the new chair of Smead Aerospace, talks Mars, drones, integrity and why he always books a window seat. If you could visit any planet in our solar system, which would you pick? Mars, of course. When I see images from the surface, they often remind me of places...

Two men launching fixed-wing UAVs.

New swarming drone technology could help find lost hikers, study wildlife

Sept. 6, 2017

CU Boulder researchers have developed an advanced drone “swarming” technology that allows a single operator to control multiple unmanned aircraft for a variety of tasks, which could include searching for lost hikers or studying wildlife. The CU Boulder team spent three weeks in August on the project at the Pawnee...