A core value of our department is a commitment to diversity, which connotes an awareness and acceptance of the value and strength derived from engaging the richness of multiple cultures including race, disabilities, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and skin color, among other attributes.
Dava Newman SM ’89, SM ’89, PhD ’92, an MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics whose groundbreaking work has advanced human performance in space with the goal of interplanetary reach, has been named the new director of the MIT Media Lab, effective July 1, 2021.
MIT’s Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Sciences Sara Seager has been named an officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors as recognition “for her multidisciplinary research that has contributed to transforming the study of extrasolar planets into a full-fledged planetary science.”
AeroAstro alumni Raja Chari SM '01, Jasmin Moghbeli '05, and Warren “Woody” Hoburg ’08, were among the group of 18 astronauts to form the newly-established Artemis team, which will help tackle the preparations necessary for early moon missions to help establish a modern lunar exploration program. Under the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024, with the ultimate goal of establishing a long-term human presence on the lunar surface by the end of 2029.
Alumna Jin Stedge’13 was named to Forbes 30 under 30: Enterprise Technology for her role cofounding the company True North, a carrier and software service that helps independent truckers manage all aspects of their business, from invoice tracking to fuel and insurance and compliance issues.