Strategic Plan

AeroAstro Strategic Plan

Anticipating evolution in technology, education, industry, and MIT, in 2015 the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics produced a Strategic Plan based on our vision, mission, and values. Driving this plan's development was a desire to:

  • identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • define core competencies and strategic thrusts
  • prioritize investments of department resources
  • strengthen faculty consensus regarding the department’s future directions

Our Strategic Plan is based on a set of core values:

  • excellence/leadership in research and education
  • commitment to the aerospace profession through Institute, national, and international leadership
  • commitment to open research and education
  • commitment to collaborative research addressing real-world challenges
  • passion for air and space vehicles and systems, the technologies that enable them, and the missions they fulfill
  • commitment to department students, faculty, and staff personal and professional development

Our vision is to enable novel aerospace and related systems through education, research, and leadership; and to use these systems to inspire future generations of engineers, leaders, and innovators to be critical thinkers possessing deep technical understanding and systems perspective.

Our Strategic Plan is a roadmap for an exciting and beneficial future.

The department is now preparing to create a new strategic plan, which will be published in 2020.