Visiting AeroAstro

AeroAstro Academics

AeroAstro tours include our student labs and workshops.

We'd like you to be our guest for a personal tour of AeroAstro's fantastic array of facilities — from our exciting Learning Laboratory to our legendary Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel. Our department headquarters is in the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, MIT Building 33, 125 Massachusetts Avenue on the main MIT campus (two buildings North of the MIT main entrance). General information regarding visiting MIT can be found on the MIT Visitor Page. Please also explore the MIT Interactive Map.

For prospective undergraduate students:

The AeroAstro Department can be toured by high school juniors and seniors who plan to apply to MIT and are interested in the aerospace field. The AeroAstro tour, offered on Mondays and Fridays (except as noted below), starts at 1pm in front of Room 33-202 and lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on the number of labs/areas that are accessible during the tour.  Please contact Marie Stuppard at mas@mit.edu 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.

Since regular classes are not in session during the month of January or the summer, if you wish to sit in a class as part of your AeroAstro visit, you should plan to schedule a tour on a Monday or Friday in the heart of our fall and spring semesters — from mid September to early December, or early February to early-mid May. 

Note:  For the remainder of the Spring 2017 term and during the summer, there will be no tours of AeroAstro on  Monday May 22 (finals begin); Monday May 29 (Memorial Day); Friday June 9 (graduation day); Friday June 30; Monday July 3; Monday September 4 (Labor Day). Please let us know if you can only visit during  either of the above dates (except May 29, July 3, and September 4) and we'll consider arranging a tour to accommodate you.

Because we do not handle undergraduate admissions at the departmental level, we hope you'll also explore the information session and general campus tours offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For more information, please visit the MIT Information Center.  When you contact Ms. Stuppard to schedule an AeroAstro tour, please indicate if you also plan to attend a 10am or 2pm admission information session. 

For 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 that they are most interested in to visit. For graduate students there is no general tour — each visit to our department is led by a graduate student and is personalized so that it will be as informative as possible. To arrange a lab tour, please contact Beth Marois at bethamar@mit.edu 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. 

If you wish to schedule meetings with our faculty members during your visit, please contact them directly.