Aerospace Structures

Designing a Load Bearing & Energy Storing Structure

Stephanie Golmon studies modeling batteries on the microscale, focusing on how the mechanics of a battery are affected by the electrochemical process. A system such as an aircraft or spacecraft can drastically reduce weight by utilizing the structure of the craft as the electrically energy source.

"I had a very nice offer from another school as well, and had I not had the Smead Fellowship offer, it would have made it a lot harder to choose CU. It is making it a lot easier for me not to have to worry about finances now and really focus on schoolwork and research rather than worrying about how to pay the bills."~ Stephanie Golmon

Space Flight Dynamics

The Effect of Solar Radiation Pressure on the Dynamics of High Area-to-Mass Ration Objects in the Geosynchronous Orbit

Aaron Rosengren has studied the effect of solar radidation pressure on the evolution of orbital debris in GEO during his research project in Space Flight Dynamics.

Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV)

Chasing "SuperCell" Thunderstorms with Unmanned Aircraft

Jason Roadman assisted team in preparation and launch of the Tempest unmanned aircraft that performed in-air studies on severe thunderstorms to gain knowledge on formation, duration, wind speed and potential damage of the storms. As part of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX2), Tempest was designed to handle adverse flight conditions while collecting data on the environment in real time.