Scott Palo

SpectrumX — Associate Director
Smead Aerospace University of Colorado Boulder — Endowed Professor

Scott Palo is the Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and Associate Director of SpectrumX. He has 20 years of experience in higher education, is Director of the Space Technology Integration Lab and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU. Since 2001 he has been involved with the design, construction and operation of numerous small satellites including DANDE, CSSWE, MinXSS-1 and QB50-Challenger all which have flown. He is leading the development of CU-E3, Maxwell and SWARM-EX. Dr. Palo is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, Senior Member of the IEEE and has won numerous awards including an NSF Early Career Award, AIAA Rocky Mountain Region Educator of the year and the United States Antarctic Service medal. Dr. Palo has over 100 peer reviewed journal publications and has graduated 15 PhD students who have gone on to faculty positions, positions as engineers at NASA centers and as leaders in the small satellite industry. Dr. Palo has experience in spectrum policy licensing small satellites and experimental radar systems. He has been active in the recent FCC proceedings on small satellite licensing and orbital debris.
In 2018 Dr. Palo chose to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and co-founded Blue Cubed LLC, a new space startup company focused on the development of next generation communications technology to support the rapidly expanding small satellite market. Dr. Palo currently splits his time between Blue Cubed and CU where he continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate students in the skills required to design, build, test and operate small satellites and other emerging aerospace technologies.

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