Visiting AeroAstro

AeroAstro Academics

AeroAstro tours include our student labs and workshops.

Be our guest for a tour of AeroAstro's fantastic array of facilities — the Student Learning Laboratory, the legendary Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, and, coming in the fall of 2017, our gas turbine laboratory and autonomous systems center, complete with an immense indoor flight facility for unmanned aerial vehicles.

General information regarding visiting MIT can be found on the MIT Visitor web page. Please also explore the MIT Campus Map.

Prospective undergraduate students
High school students interested in aerospace engineering who plan to apply to MIT are welcome to visit AeroAstro. Department tours are offered on Mondays and Fridays. They start at 1 p.m. in the Building 33 second-floor corridor front of Room 33-202, and last 45-60 minutes.  Please contact AeroAstro academic program administrator Marie Stuppard at least two weeks prior to your visit. Indicate in your email the date you plan to be at MIT and how many will be in your party.

Note: There will not be a tour of AeroAstro on the following dates: Friday November 10 (Veterans Day); Thursday-Friday November 23-24 (Thanksgiving holiday); Monday-Tuesday December 25-26 (Christmas holiday); and Monday-Tuesday January 1-2 (New Year's holiday).

If you wish to sit in on a class as part of your AeroAstro visit, you should schedule your tour for the fall (mid-September to early December) or spring (early February to mid-May) semesters. Regular classes are not held during January or during the summer.

We suggest you also explore the MIT information session and general campus tour, offered most days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Prospective graduate students
Because our AeroAstro graduate program is research-based, we encourage prospective grad students to become familiar with our research labs, and select one or two to visit. Prospective graduate students’ tours are led by current graduate students, and are personalized to be as informative as possible. To arrange a lab tour, please contact graduate program administrator Beth Marois at least two weeks before you'd like to visit. Lab tours are available during business hours, Monday through Friday; please include in your email the date and time you'd like to visit. We recommend scheduling your tour within one year of your intended date of enrollment, to ensure that you get an accurate picture of the research you'll encounter, should you be admitted. 
Prospective graduate students wishing to schedule meetings with faculty during their visit should contact them directly.

Others wishing a tour
We can occasionally accommodate others seeking a tour (e.g., school groups, STEM programs, student aerospace clubs). For information, email aeroastro-info@mit.edu