AeroAstro teams, groups, and clubs offer excellent opportunities for activities with peers who share common interests and enthusiasm.
You're welcome to contact any of the organizations listed below. If you're interested in organizing a new group or club, visit the MIT Association of Student Activities website. Also, AeroAstro Student Services will be glad to assist you.
The MIT AIAA chapter is a student-run organization that coordinates many activities geared towards students majoring in aeronautics and astronautics. These activities include an internship colloquium, research talks, company visits, student-faculty social events, and a paper airplane contest.
Departmentmental Resources for Easing Friction and Stress
AeroAstro's Departmental Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (dREFS) are an excellent student resource for issues and concerns specific to AeroAstro. dREFS are confidential resources trained in mediation, and are part of a larger interdepartmental community at MIT. Our first dREFS are currently in training. In the meantime, please use the central REFs program or contact our department dREF advisors with any concerns: Professor Leia Stirling or Professor Dava Newman If you're interested in becoming a dREF, please contact Libby Mahaffy.
The MIT DBF team is composed mostly of undergraduate students, but also open to graduate students, who compete in the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition. The competition involves designing, manufacturing, testing, and operating a radio controlled aircraft to meet mission specifications as specified in the competition rules. Students on the MIT DBF team learn and practice some or all of the following: lightweight composite layups; practical structural, aerodynamic, and power system design and construction; use of CAD/FEA/drawing software such as SolidWorks; machining; rapid prototyping; multi-dimensional optimization; and radio systems and flight telemetry as applied to 2.4 GHz radio-controlled aircraft.
The MIT Flying Club, headquartered in AeroAstro, motivates, encourages, and facilitates affordable, hands-on experiences in full-scale flying for the MIT community. Open to pilots and non-pilots, the club offers regular general body meetings for members, hosts helicopter fly-ins to the MIT campus, organizes fly-outs to New England airports, and sponsors seminars for all aviation enthusiasts.
GA3 is the AeroAstro graduate student group. It promotes graduate student well-being, advocates student interests, and fosters a sense of community within the department. GA3 sponsors numerous events including lectures and seminars, and social activities.
The MIT Rocket Team explores enthusiasm for rocketry by learning about, building and launching rockets, as well as developing other projects, from a liquid rocket engine to flight electronics. Recently, we built a rocket for an intercollegiate competition which featured a payload that could control elements of its descent and won first place! We also run outreach and social events to share our excitement for rockets. All MIT students and affiliates welcome.
The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team, of which AeroAstro is a sponsor, is a student group dedicated to designing, building, and racing solar-powered cars. The challenge of building a vehicle to compete in long-distance races on public roads across the Australian outback is an extreme test of engineering for robustness and efficiency, with tight integration of many disciplines. The efficiency of the car is very dependent upon its aerodynamics at high speeds, and team pays close attention to this. The team builds each vehicle from the ground up, allowing the application of theoretical knowledge while gaining hands-on manufacturing experience and project management skills.
Women in Aerospace Engineering
MIT Women in Aerospace Engineering fosters a community among women interested in pursuing aerospace careers. WAE hosts events throughout the year to fulfill its overarching goals. These events include a mentorship program, guest lectures, career development seminars, and outreach events to encourage young girls to get interested in aerospace.
WGA3 is a group for AeroAstro women graduate students. Its objective is to build a community and encourage relationships among graduate women in aerospace engineering, women faculty in AeroAstro, and women throughout MIT.