The University of Colorado Boulder is a national leader in aerospace teaching and research and the #1 public university recipient of NASA research funding. In order to continue to nurture these renowned programs, the new 152,000 SF Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building promotes collaboration between students, faculty, and external partners and provides accessibility to interactive educational experiences.
The Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory provides hands-on engineering learning through interactive exhibits. The room features small group tables with a computer and monitor, as well as a designated professor’s station for presentations and demonstrations. Flat panel displays and a breakout space support small group, technology-based collaboration.
One of the highlights of the facility is the Payload Operations and Control Center. This space allows users to view and inspect ultra-high-resolution satellite images in a collaborative setting. Additional state-of-the-art environments include a visualization lab with a video wall, an indoor flight environment for testing unmanned aerial systems, an electronics and 3D printing lab, a PILOT lab, a human spaceflight workshop, and various classrooms for both traditional and active learning pedagogy.
The facility brings together aerospace engineering’s main research focus areas – aerospace engineering systems, astrodynamics and satellite navigation systems, bioastronautics, and remote sensing, earth, and space sciences – to promote interdisciplinary work in a technologically-advanced building.