About Us

CU Aerospace is located in downtown Champaign in the M2 building, just minutes from central campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our close association with the University provides us access to state-of-the-art University labs, equipment, and services. This teaming arrangement proves to be an excellent way to provide the government and commercial customers with the highest quality service in a cost effective manner.
The nine members (similar to partners or shareholders) serve as consultants for the company. Dr. Wayne Solomon is the Chairman and Dr. David Carroll is the President, while Dr. Michael Bragg, Dr. Victoria Coverstone, Dr. Rodney Burton, Dr. Scott White, Mr. Andrew Palla, Mr. Darren King, and Dr. Chris Mangun are the remaining members. The first six are the founding members of CUA and have been or presently are faculty or staff of UIUC.
CU Aerospace employs a talented team of engineers whose depth of multi-disciplinary knowledge enables CU Aerospace to address complex engineering problems in multiple areas of study.
CU Aerospace leases a variety of lab spaces from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois): High Energy Laser Lab, Electric Propulsion Lab, Subsonic Aerodynamics Lab, Computational Astrodynamics Lab, and Autonomic Healing Lab.
CU Aerospace offers experienced engineering services with a very diverse range of capability. In addition to our core areas of expertise (spacecraft propulsion/software, high energy lasers, modeling and simulation, and advanced materials), during our 15-year history we have also successfully tackled problems in plasma/discharge engineering, robotics, controls, diode lasers, fuel cell technology, oxygen extraction from lunar regolith, and software toolbox development, among other technologies.