Selecting Your Advisor
Advisors do more than approve registration and add/drop forms. Your advisor should be someone you trust and, as the term implies, whom you can approach for advice, not only with academic issues, but also broader issues such as summer internships, job, and grad school applications, and personal matters.
In June, the AeroAstro Undergraduate Office sends information to entering sophomores to help them select an advisor. Students browse through the advisor profiles, reviewing the professors’ research areas, teaching interests, and other information. Assignments for incoming sophomores are announced in mid-August. Students whose advisor is on leave from MIT may be reassigned.
For more information about advising, contact academic programs administrator Marie Stuppard.
Undergraduate Advisors (2021-2022)
Air traffic management, controls optimization; networked systems transportation
Steven R.H. Barrett
Climate and air quality impacts of aviation; aircraft propulsion and emissions; electric aircraft propulsion; sustainable aviation fuels; impacts of aircraft noise; air pollution impacts of ground transportation; atmospheric modeling
Robotics, machine vision and perception, autonomous air/space/ground vehicles, numerical and distributed
additive manufacturing; in-space manufacturing; propulsion materials; thermal protection materials
Edward F. Crawley
Architecture of complex systems, space systems design
Olivier de Weck
Aerospace systems, engineering systems, technology roadmapping and development, multidisciplinary design optimization
Aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, design methodology, low-order modeling of aeromechanical systems
Formal methods, control, and machine learning for the design and analysis of safe autonomous systems, cyber-physical systems, and robotic systems
Edward M. Greitzer
Gas turbine engines, propulsion system-airframe integration, turbomachinery, internal flow and fluid machinery, propulsion, active control of aeromechanical systems, industry-university collaboration
Plasma physics and aerospace applications, multiphysics modeling and experimentation, propulsion, combustion, lightning strike protection
Steven R. Hall
Automatic control, control of helicopter rotors, acoustic control
Wesley L. Harris
Fluid dynamics: unsteady aerodynamics, aeroacoustics; rotorcraft technology; economic incentives: defense systems acquisition, lean financial management methods; sustainment of capital assets; sickle cell pathology: onset dynamics of crisis.
Daniel E. Hastings
Synergetic interactions between space systems and the space environment, space propulsion, space policy, space systems, spacecraft manufacturing processes, space system architecting
Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Human space flight operations, space flight technology, human-machine interactions, extravehicular activity, conducting laboratory research in space
Jonathan P. How
Navigation and control; design and implementation of distributed robust planning algorithms to coordinate multiple autonomous vehicles in dynamic uncertain environments; adaptive flight control to enable autonomous agile flight and aerobatics; experimental and theoretical robust control
Robotics, embedded systems, autonomous vehicles, robotic networks, information theory, integrated circuits
System safety, organizational safety and safety culture, software engineering, safety of software controlled systems, system engineering, system safety engineering, human computer interaction
Astrodynamics, space situational awareness, satellite guidance and navigation, estimation and controls, optimal control, reinforcement learning
Space propulsion, electrospray thrusters, micro and nano-fabrication, space mission design, small satellite technology development, ion beams, additive manufacturing.
Fluid dynamics theory and modeling by artificial intelligence, numerical simulations, turbulent flows
Youssef M. Marzouk
Computational science and engineering, computational statistics. Uncertainty quantification, inverse problems, data assimilation. Energy and geophysics applications.
Eytan H. Modiano
Data communication, satellite and hybrid networks, high-speed networks
Numerical simulation, Computational mechanics and aerodynamics, Finite Elements
Computational Solid Mechanics and Fluid, Structure Interaction, Mechanics of Materials, Multiscale Modeling Simulation, High-Performance Massively Parallel Computing
Robotics, machine learning, autonomous systems, planning and reasoning, human-computer interaction, micro air vehicles
Autonomous systems, human-robot collaboration, AI planning and scheduling, interactive robotics for aerospace, medical, and manufacturing.
Zoltán S. Spakovszky
Propulsion and energy conversion, internal flows in fluid machinery, compressor aerodynamics and stability, micro-fluidics and rotordynamics, aero-acoustics, aircraft design for environment
Engineering design of chaotic dynamical systems, unsteady aerodynamics and turbulence, numerical methods for exascale computation, design optimization of uncertainty.
Brian L. Wardle
Nano-engineered composites, composite and layered materials; hybrid nanocomposite systems; MEMS power devices and energy harvesting; structural health monitoring systems; active materials and devices; finite-element modeling; structural response and testing; buckling mechanics
Brian C. Williams
Principles of autonomy and decision making, cognitive robotics, artificial intelligence, operations research, robot coordination, energy management