Engineering for Success in the Space Industry

Summer 2012 Short Course

Instructed by Mechanical Aerospace Engineers Tom Sarafin and Poti Doukas
Instar Engineering and Consulting, Inc

Hosted by:
University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Boulder, Colorado
July 16-20, 2012

Registration Deadline

June 29, 2012


This program seeks highly motivated undergraduate to graduate level students in all engineering fields who are interested in spacecraft design. The course is aimed at full-time degree seeking students who are engineers and soon-to-be engineers new to the space industry. Applicants do not have to be US citizens, but they do have to be full-time students.


This program is a practical short course for beginning engineers, in all disciplines interested in the space industry. The course seeks to help new engineers in the space industry to understand what it takes to design, build, and test a spacecraft with a focus on the unique challenges associated with the space industry. Students will learn techniques required to develop a spacecraft within budget and schedule demands, with an emphasis on the importance of teamwork and communication.

Each participant will receive a bound copy of the presentation materials along with a copy of the 850-page reference book “Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms, From Concept to Launch”, Thomas P. Sarafin, editor, published jointly by Microcosm, Inc. and Kluwer Academic Publishers.

For course details, please see the course brochure (pdf).


To prepare the next generation of engineers to participate in future space industry missions. Availability is limited, so register now!


Registration forms must be submitted electronically by June 29, 2012. Discounted for early registration by June 15, 2012. Registration cost for this class is $775 per person, discounted to $725 per person if registered by June 15, 2012.

Registration now closed
Low-cost campus housing may be available if requested by June 18.
Registration will be confirmed within 3 business days of receipt of payment.

Additional Activities

  • LASP Tour and BBQ
  • CU Tour
  • Chautauqua Hike
  • Pearl Street Mall

Questions? Contact:

  • Heather Reed at or
  • CU Conference Services at 303-492-5151 or