The Michael M. Byram Distinguished Visiting Professorship welcomes an internationally-renowned researcher for one to two semesters each year to teach classes, host seminars, and collaborate with faculty.

The program offers leading researchers a unique opportunity to work with students and faculty at one of the top aerospace departments in the United States. Byram Professors are provided support covering all aspects of their travel, lodging, and living expenses while in Boulder, in partnership with their home institution. 

The first Byram DVP was awarded in to Professor Sergio Pellegrino of Caltech for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

About Michael M. Byram

Michael ByramMichael M. Byram served as president and CEO of the four-campus University of Colorado Foundation from January 2001 to April 2006 during which time CU became one of only 11 public universities to complete a $1 billion fundraising campaign. 

Prior to that, Byram spent many years in the high technology medical device field beginning with American Hospital Supply’s V. Mueller and Edwards Laboratories Divisions. Byram later became president and CEO of MedLogic, an advanced biomedical polymer adhesives company in Colorado Springs, where he led the successful acquisition of two companies to expand MedLogic’s technology platform and facilitate its entry into European markets.

He has extensive training and experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and new product development. In his corporate and management positions he worked to establish strong intellectual property strategies and negotiated licensing agreements and joint ventures with several major universities. 

As an inventor/co-inventor of medical devices and products Byram has been awarded well over 20 U.S. patents. He has received numerous civic and philanthropic awards including the University Medal by the Regents of the University of Colorado in 2000. Byram is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a masters of international management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).