Aeronautical engineering begins: Albert Wells builds MIT’s first wind tunnel
MIT establishes an undergraduate class and graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Hunsaker and Douglas construct MIT’s first Cambridge facility, a wind tunnel, on Vassar Street.
Course XVI created
Jimmy Doolittle proves feasibility of instrument-guided flight.
Isabel Ebel is the first woman to receive an SB in aero engineering.
Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel dedicated.
Doc Draper flies from Massachusetts to Los Angeles in the first long-distance inertially-navigated flight.
Aeronautical Engineering becomes Aeronautics and Astronautics
NASA selects the Instrumentation Lab for Apollo guidance, control, and computer systems. Alum-professor Bob Seamans is NASA deputy administrator.
Eight years later, alum Buzz Aldrin is the second man to walk on the moon.
Sheila Widnall joins AeroAstro faculty as MIT’s first woman professor of engineering.
Daedalus, an AeroAstro student-led project, captures world records for human-powered aircraft.
AeroAstro-US Air Force Middeck Active Control Experiment II is the first Space Station experiment requiring crew interaction.
Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO), an educational initiative developed in AeroAstro begins adoption by universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Today, more than 70 universities throughout the world are part of the MIT co-led CDIO Initiative.
AeroAstro-led team developing the D-8 as quieter, cleaner, 70% more fuel-efficient than current airliners.