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New effort to bolster Colorado’s national security and aerospace workforce

  • 7 days ago

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $2 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation to support the university’s diverse research in aerospace and national defense—from tracking and protecting satellites in orbit to improving the security of mobile devices.

The effort dovetails with a new research partnership between the CU system and the U.S. Space Force that was announced Aug. 20. 

The recent award and research partnership will bolster the efforts of CU Boulder’s Center for National Security Initiatives (NSI). Launched in 2019, NSI brings together the work of more than 40 faculty members in engineering, computer science, physics and more, with a focus on keeping people safe in an increasingly connected world. 

“For generations, CU Boulder’s researchers and alumni have led the way in humanity’s exploration of the solar system,” said CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. “Their research in aerospace has also led to technologies that improve the lives of people right here on Earth. The Anschutz Foundation gift, coupled with the new U.S. Space Force partnership, allows us to continue inspiring new scientists and engineers to solve real-world problems.” 

The commitments showcase the state of Colorado’s growing role as a national leader in defense and space exploration, said Christian Anschutz, president of The Anschutz Foundation. The state boasts the largest aerospace industry in the country on a per capita basis.

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