The Smead Program honors outstanding faculty through three different programs:

  • A. Richard Seebass Endowed Professorship (established 2001)
  • Smead Faculty Fellows (established 2007)
  • Smead Endowed Chair of Space Technology (established 2017)

Each of the positions were founded through the generous support of Ann and H. Joseph Smead, the aerospace department's namesake.

The A. Richard Seebass Endowed Professorship was the first endowed professorship in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, established in 2001. It was created in memory of Seebass, who was dean of the College of Engineering from 1981 to 1994, a period of great expansion, and then served as chair of the aerospace department from 1994 to 1999. Joe Smead met and befriended Seebass in 1993 as a result of their shared interests in the engineering programs at CU Boulder.

The Smead Faculty Fellows began in 2007 and the Endowed Chair of Space Technology followed in 2017.

Up to two tenure-track aerospace department faculty may be selected to be Smead Faculty Fellows. These Fellows are chosen for their outstanding research records and mentorship qualities, supporting both groundbreaking science and the Scholars themselves.

The Smead Endowed Chair of Space Technology recognizes leadership, creativity, and technical excellence specifically in space systems.