Freshman Information

Lighter-than-air aircraft

Freshmen can take AeroAstro Course 16.00 Aerospace Engineering and Design. Part of the class involves student teams designing, building, and racing lighter-than-air aircraft.

While MIT students don't choose their majors until the end of freshman year, AeroAstro enthusiastically welcomes freshman who have an interest in aerospace. AeroAstro offers two classes in the spring that freshman are welcome to take: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design (Class 16.00), and Modern Space Science and Space Engineering (Class 16.68). In 16.00, student teams undertake a lighter-than-air vehicle project where they design, build, and race radio-controlled blimps. The course is taught by former NASA astronaut, Professor Jeffrey Hoffman. 16.68, co-taught also by Professor Hoffman, introduces students to selected areas of interest in contemporary space research. Both classes have no prerequisites, carry six units, and are graded pass/fail.

Freshmen are welcome to participate in department activities, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and student groups and clubs. They are invited to attend lectures and programs featuring guest speakers from the aerospace industry, NASA, the FAA, and other organizations, and to apply for summer internships through our Space Grant program.

If you're an MIT freshman and would like to be notified of AeroAstro events and programs, write from your MIT email address and ask to be placed on our freshman email list. You can also follow department happenings on Facebook.