Objectives & Outcomes

Objectives & Outcomes

Christopher Sequeira received his BS from AeroAstro and now works for the FAA where one of his tasks is managing several MIT research projects for that organization.

Program objectives

AeroAstro's undergraduate degree objectives are for our students to attain ability to:

  • apply deep working knowledge of technical fundamentals to address society’s needs in aerospace and related areas
  • develop innovative technologies and solutions to aerospace problems in the nation and the world
  • communicate effectively and take leadership roles in multidisciplinary teams
  • take a leadership role in the conception, design, implementation, and operation of new products, processes, and systems in enterprise and societal context

Program outcomes

The program objectives map to a set of four first-level program student learning outcomes (1-4 below) with a detailed subset of 16 second-level outcomes (1.1, 1.2, etc).

Specifically, students in our undergraduate program will:

1. Develop a working knowledge of technical fundamentals.
1.1 Demonstrate a capacity to use the principles of the underlying sciences of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.
1.2 Apply the principles of core engineering fundamentals in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and materials, dynamics, signals and systems, thermodynamics, control, computers and computation.
1.3 Demonstrate deep working knowledge of professional engineering in aerodynamics, structural mechanics, structures and materials, jet and rocket propulsion, flight and advanced aerospace dynamics, computational techniques, estimation and navigation, human and supervisory control, digital communication, software engineering, autonomy, and digital circuits and systems.

2. Develop a refined ability to discover knowledge, solve problems, think about systems, and master other personal and professional attributes.
2.1 Analyze and solve engineering problems.
2.2 Conduct inquiry and experimentation in engineering problems.
2.3 Think holistically and systemically.
2.4 Master personal skills that contribute to successful engineering practice: initiative, flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and time management.
2.5 Master professional skills that contribute to successful engineering practice: professional ethics, integrity, currency in the field, career planning.

3. Develop an advanced ability to communicate and work in multidisciplinary teams
3.1 Lead and work in teams.
3.2 Communicate effectively in writing, in electronic form, in graphic media, and in oral presentations.

4. Develop skills to conceive, design, implement, and operate systems in an enterprise and societal context.
4.1 Recognize the importance of the societal context in engineering practice.
4.2 Appreciate different enterprise cultures and work successfully in organizations.
4.3 Conceive engineering systems including setting requirements, defining functions, modeling, and managing projects.
4.4 Design complex systems.
4.5 Implement hardware and software processes and manage implementation procedures.
4.6 Operate complex systems and processes and manage operations.