Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood
Assistant Professor

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

drwood [at] media.mit.edu
Administrative Assistant
Alessandra Davy-Falconi (non-AeroAstro)
davyfalc [at] media.mit.edu
Danielle Wood
Academic Degrees

MIT PhD Engineering Systems, 2012; MIT SM Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT SM Technology Policy, 2008; MIT SB Aerospace Engineering, 2005

Honors and Awards

2018 Honoree for Leadership in Space Science and Technology, Women’s Economic Forum, Delhi, India; 2017 Girls Inc Leadership Award; 2016 Future Space Leader Foundation Grant; 2015 Modern Day Technology Leader Award; 2014 Aerospace Corporation Leadership Mentoring Program; 2014 Aerospace Corporation SPOT Awards for Performance on Engineering Projects; 2012 International Astronautical Federation’s Young Space Leader Award; 2010 NASA’s Student Innovator Award at the Information Technology Summit; 2010 MIT Center for International Studies, International Research Fellowship; 2010 MIT Carroll Wilson Fellowship for International Research; 2009 MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice, Research Travel Fellowship; 2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; 2007 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship; 2005 NASA Harriett Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program

Positions Held at MIT

Assistant Professor and Director of Space Enabled Research Group, 2018-Present; Assistant Professor (Joint) of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2019-Present

Positions Held outside MIT

Applied Sciences Manager, NASA Earth Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center, 2017; Special Assistant to Deputy Administrator, NASA Headquarters, 2015 – 2016; Space Systems Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation 2013 – 2015; Research Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Systems Institute 2013 – 2015; Systems Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Space Department 2012 – 2013; Guest Researcher, United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, 2009;

Specialization and Research Interests

The mission of the Space Enabled research group is to advance justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Our message is that six types of space technology are supporting societal needs, as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These six technologies include satellite earth observation, satellite communication, satellite positioning, microgravity research, technology transfer, and the inspiration we derive from space research and education. The Space Enabled research group works to increase the opportunities to apply space technology in support of the Sustainable Development Goals using six methods, including design thinking, art, social science, complex systems, satellite engineering and data science.

Teaching Interests

Fall 2018, "Can Space Enabled Designs Advance Justice and Development"; Spring 2019, "Space Technology for the Development Leader"