Statement on Race and Diversity

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics faculty, students, and staff affirm a commitment to protect and nurture, first and foremost, the mental and physical well-being of each member of our community. 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. The full potential and impact of our scholarship, teaching and learning, knowledge creation, innovation, and service can only be realized in an environment where people are supported and valued for their humanity, without prejudice, and where inclusion, collaboration, and sharing are core principles.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is committed to advancing the inclusion of underrepresented minorities and women in our community of faculty, students, and staff. We are cognizant of the Institute’s goals of the 2004 faculty resolution to increase the number of underrepresented minority and women graduate students and the 2010 Report of the Initiative on Faculty Race and Diversity. We affirm our commitment to these goals and recommendations.

Pursuant to our commitment and goals, the department will appoint and support the AeroAstro Faculty, Student, and Staff Standing Committee on Race and Diversity, reporting to the department head, to develop action plans to protect and nurture the mental and physical well-being of each member of our community, to increase the inclusion of underrepresented minorities and women, and to address other such opportunities as appropriate.

AeroAstro Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation Committee (2019-2020)

Name Role
M. Regina Apodaca Graduate Student
Hamsa Balakrishnan Associate Department Head and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Amelia Rose Bruno Graduate Student
Sara Cody Communications Officer
Paula do Vale Pereira Graduate Student
Pam Fradkin Administrative Assistant
Maha Haji Postdoctoral Associate
Daniel Hastings Department Head and Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor
John Kane Research Specialist
Ping Lee Financial Officer
Max Li Graduate Student
Paulo Lozano M. Alemán-Velasco Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Beth Marois   Graduate Program Administrator
Tim McGrath  Graduate Student
Rebecca Masterson   Principle Research Scientist
Dava Newman Apollo Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (chair)
Maya Nsar Graduate Student
Golda Nguyen Graduate Student
Brían O’Conaill Administrative Officer
Elaine Petro Postdoctoral Researcher
Raji Patel Associate Director, Mass. Space Grant
Cadence Brea Payne  Graduate Student
Denise Phillips Diversity Officer
Raina K. Puels Administrative Assistant  
Nicholas Roy

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Zoltan Spakovszky Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Haofeng Xu Graduate Student
Anthony Zolnik Infrastructure Manager
Chelsea Nneka Onyeador Graduate Student
Lena Downes Graduate Student
Samir Wadhwania Graduate Student