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Colorado aerospace research program receives $15m donation

31 Jan 2017
The University of Colorado department led by former NASA chief technologist has received a $15 million donation, to bolster the university’s space research and education efforts. 

The gift donated by Ann Smead and her husband Michael Byram, is expected to fund space technology at the university and further enhance an existing graduate student scholars program. 

“It’s really going to allow us to raise the profile of aerospace engineering here in Colorado,” said Bobby Braun, Dean of the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

“The aerospace program here is in the centre of this larger aerospace community, with all kinds of industry players. Growing the program is good for the state and for the country.”

The college is already in the process of improving other connections with the space industry. On Jan. 25, it announced that it was hiring Phil Larson as assistant dean for communications, strategy, and planning. Larson previously worked at SpaceX and as senior advisor for space and innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

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