AeroAstro eNews

AeroAstro eNews

AeroAstro enews is our electronic newsletter, emailed to department faculty, students, and staff. Issues include information about recent awards and recognitions, research news, upcoming events and activities, announcements from AeroAstro clubs and organizations, and other news. Contributions are welcome; send to

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March 2017: Newsnotes (Professor Wesley Harris and brother William present U.Va. with Dr. Martin Luther King plaque, MIT Spectrum airline industry article mentions instructors Dr. Peter Belobaba and Professor John Hansman, StarTalk All-Stars podcast has guest Professor Dava Newman, MIT Hyperloop Team report, UTC Aerospace Systems obtained license to a carbon nanotube heaterco-developed by alumnus Seth Kessler and Professor Brian Wardle,TechCrunch has article about  haptic feedback boots under development by Professor Leia Stirling), Awards (Professor Edward Greitzer AIAA Reed Award, Professor Emeritus Alan Epstein AIAA Honorary Fellow, Professor Daniel Hastings elected NAE member, Alex Feldstein and Julia CrowleyFarenga "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders 20 Twenties", Christine Chappelle and Piper Sigrest receive Brooke Owens Fellowships, Kwami Williams named to Forbes "30 Under 30" list), Promotions (Professors Paulo Lozano and Nicholas Roy promoted to Full Professor), In Memoriam (Professor Emeritus James Mar, alumnus Robert Greg Chilton ('49, SM '49), Welcome (Professor Sara Seager, Anna Coffey, Bori Stoyanova, Mark Staples, Sebastien Terrana, and Ryadh Haferssas), In the Picture (Free-space Lasercom and Radiation Experiment team, 1X1 wind tunnel refurbished), AA video intro, outro available.

January 2017: Newsnotes (book about Diamandis mentions AeroAstro, Binzel a team member on NASA Psyche and Lucy missions, Aaron Ashley featured in "Winds of Change" magazine, asteroids named for Masterson and Chodas, Leveson completed Future Vertical Lift contract, Sheridan's book published, Marlyse Reeves profiled on MIT home page), Honors and awards (Karaman, Fernando Mier-Hicks, Belobaba, Wittman, York), In the picture (ANSYS conference, Alison Eve Gibson, water bottle rocket competition).

September 2016: Group developing autonomous capability for underwater vehicles, de Weck taking leave to head Airbus tec planning, REXIS team at Kennedy Space Center for launch, Isakowitz to lead Aerospace Corp, Honors and awards (Sheering, Modiano, Sinha, Roy, Paul, Balakrishnan, Gopalakrishnan,Opgenrood, Crawley, Newman, Johnson, Crews, Stirling, Lozano, Frontin, RASCL team), Comings and goings (Galagali, Zhou, Galvan-Garza, Hasenfus), In the picture (Pierre Bertrand).

May 2016: Promotions (Barrett, Marzouk), Honors and Awards (Shah, de Weck, Willcox, Zolnik, Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment/Barrett, 2016 Department awards, 2016 AIAA awards, Aaron Johnson), Welcome (Galagali, Zhoiu), In the Picture (Unifed Competition Winners, MIT Flugtag team, AIAA execs with Jim Lovell, Space Balloon Team).

February 2016: Honors and Awards (How, Leveson, Frazzoli, Masterson), Welcome ( Morrison, Sabnis, Seregni, Natsiavas, Guyster, Pham), Rocket Team Science on Saturday, Open House planned, Women in Aerospace Symposium planned, KitCube contender for lunar trip, Newsbriefs (Cahoy and Karaman promoted, de Weck teachers class for S. African manufacturers, Marzouk birth, Young tribute to Mitchell, Durgin passes, GA^3 new board, Woodworth at Young at model aero confab), In the picture (department photos).

November 2015: Welcome new postdocs Amaral, Ayas, Mantellato, Wolfe, and Huan; Honors and Awards (Ho, Johnson, Lopes, How, Burdhimo); Newsnotes (Shah TEDxCambridge video, Veligor's new child, Do consults on Fusion Mars reality project, veteran student clubs, Mars One paper most downloaded); Willcox receives education grant; In the picture (AIAA meeting, Beaver Works video); MIT policy re: use of Institute name.

September 2015: Rocket Team places first in international competition; 16.866 Air Transportation System Architecture, 16.30/16.31 Feedback Control Systems, and 16.62x Experimental Projects offer interesting opportunities for students; Awards and Honors (Peraire, Epstein, Ericsson, Kennedy); Newsnotes (Balakrishnan promoted, Fischer named to ISS mission, Stewart selected for SEAS Mars simulation, KitCube a winner in NASA Cube Quest competition, phishing on the increase, Bld. 31 construction update; In the picture (Huynh and Hill meet at USAF training, MIT Women's Basketball salutes Newman, SSL/STAR lab barbecue, MITers celebrate Pluto fly-by); Welcome to new postdocs.

May 2015: Newman confirmed as NASA deputy director, Awards and honors (Waitz, Dedoussi, Parandehgheibi, Barrett, Karaman) Newsnotes (Wardle, Shah, Wang promoted; Crawley, Cameron, Silva's new book; How named editor-in-chief of IEEE magazine; Trilling organizes workshop; Willcox co-leads education initiative; Kunzi, Weigel's new company); In the picture (department photos); Design-Build-Fly team competition results; Instrumentation Lab pilot Chip Collins.

February 2015: Honors and awards (Miller, Newman, Peherstorfer, Luders, Sugel, How); Ezekiel, Covert pass away; AA team awarded USAF MURI; Newsbriefs (MVL people win awards; Sisto's startup; Schreiner, Bertrand, Beckers awarded for paper; alumnus Botimer SVP at Spirit Airlines; new video with MIT alumni astronauts; 16.00x now online); In the picture (department photos); Welcomes.

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