AeroAstro Timeline

1896

Aeronautical engineering begins: Albert Wells builds MIT’s first wind tunnel

1914

 

1914

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.

1926

Course XVI created

 

1929

Jimmy Doolittle proves feasibility of instrument-guided flight.

1929
1932

1932

Isabel Ebel is the first woman to receive an SB in aero engineering.

1938

Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel dedicated.

1953

Doc Draper flies from Massachusetts to Los Angeles in the first long-distance inertially-navigated flight.

1953

 

1959

Aeronautical Engineering becomes Aeronautics and Astronautics

1961

 

1961

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.

1964

Sheila Widnall joins AeroAstro faculty as MIT’s first woman professor of engineering.

1964
1988

 

1988

Daedalus, an AeroAstro student-led project, captures world records for human-powered aircraft.

2000

AeroAstro-US Air Force Middeck Active Control Experiment II is the first Space Station experiment requiring crew interaction.

2004

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.

2014

AeroAstro-led team developing the D-8 as quieter, cleaner, 70% more fuel-efficient than current airliners.

2010