Women in Aerospace Symposium - Agenda

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

8:15am-8:30am | Continental Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am | Welcome, Introductory Remarks — Jaime Peraire, Department Head, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics


  • Abhizna Butchibabu, “Anticipatory Communication Strategies for Human-Robot Team Coordination”
  • Francesco Favaro, “Safety Supervisory Control for Risk-Informed Safety Interventions and Accident Prevention”
  • Raquel Galvan-Garza, “Enhancement of Sensorimotor Performance with the Application of Stochastic Vestibular Stimulation”
  • Been Kim, “Interactive and Interpretable Machine Learning Models for Human Machine Collaboration”
  • Jessie Yang, “Human-Automation Interaction: Going Beyond Trust”
  • A. Marzouli, “Data-Driven Analysis of the Resilience of the Air Transportation System”

9:55am-10:10am | Break


  • Lu-Yin Wang, “Experimental Study of Soot Aerosol Formation in Swirl-stabilized Flames of Alternative Aviation Fuels on a Path to Sustainable Aviation”
  • Devina Sanjaya, “Improving High-order Finite Element Approximation through Geometrical Warping”
  • Irene Dedoussi, “Atmospheric Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis of Aviation Emissions Impacts”
  • Alice Bradley, “Understanding a Changing Arctic Ocean with In Situ and Airborne Observations”
  • Xiaoyu Tang, “Drop Impact in Propulsion”
  • Wendy Okolo, “Evaluating and Augmenting Fuel-Saving Benefits Obtained in Aircraft Formation Flight”

11:30am-1:30pm | Poster session and lunch with AeroAstro faculty


  • Samantha Rieger, “Orbital Stability Regions for Hypothetical Natural Satellites of 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)”
  • Ann Dietrich, “Flash LIDAR Based Relative Navigation around Small Bodies”
  • Anne Marinan, “Improving Nanosatellite Imaging and Atmospheric Sensing with Adaptive Optics”
  • Caitlin Chapin, “Micro-scale High Electron Mobility AlGaN/GaN Pressure Sensor for Venus Exploration”
  • Natasha Bosanac, “Navigating Chaos: Applications of Dynamical Systems Theory to Astrodynamics and Celestial Mechanics”
  • Yayu Hew, “Time-resolved Emission Characteristics of Hypervelocity Impact Generated Flash”

2:45pm-3pm | Break


  • Nhung Nguyen, “Fracture Modeling of Fiber-reinforced Polymer Composites with a Novel Mesh-objective Method”
  • Ekaterina Bostaph, “Advanced Methods of Nondestructive Inspection of Composite Structures Pertinent to Aerospace Industry Based on Limited-angle Ray Computed Tomography”
  • Qie Hu, “Secure Estimation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles against Adversarial Attacks”
  • Elena Shrestha, “Development of Cyclocopter Micro Air Vehicle”
  • Heather Kline, “The Continuous Adjoint Method Applied to Hypersonic Inlet Shape Optimization”
  • Carla Perez-Martinez, “Engineering Ionic Liquid Ion Sources for Space Propulsion Applications”

4:30pm-5:30pm | Keynote Presentation: Radhika Nagpal, Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

6pm | Reception and dinner

Thursday, May 26, 2016

8:30am-9am | Continental Breakfast

9am-10:10am | Panel discussion: Search and Early Career, Jaime Peraire, Debbie Senesky, Leia Stirling

10:10am-10:40am | Break

10:40am-11:50am | Panel discussion: Mentoring, Promotion and Tenure, Juan Alonso, Julie Shah, Sheila Widnall

noon-1pm | Keynote presentation: Dr. Dava Newman, NASA Deputy Administrator

1pm | Brown bag lunch (optional)