Zack Cordero

Zack Cordero
Boeing Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 33-332
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer

Zack Cordero received his SB in physics from MIT in 2010. After working one year in the materials science division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Zack returned to MIT to pursue a PhD in materials science and engineering, where his research focused on the powder-route synthesis of bulk nanostructured tungsten alloys. Upon graduating from MIT in 2015, Zack moved to a postdoctoral fellowship appointment in the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility of Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he developed process monitoring, quality control, and microstructure design tools for power-bed, metal additive manufacturing technologies. In 2016, Zack launched his independent career as an assistant professor in the Materials Science and NanoEngineering department at Rice University. In 2020, he moved to MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Zack’s research program at MIT integrates his expertise in processing science, microstructure design, and mechanics of materials to develop novel propulsion materials and architectured materials for high-performance aerospace applications.

Honors and Awards

AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2020

Society Memberships


Positions Held at MIT

Boeing Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Positions Held outside MIT

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University, 2016-2020; Postdoctoral Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2015-2016

Specialization and Research Interests

additive manufacturing; in-space manufacturing; propulsion materials; thermal protection materials

Teaching Interests

design, selection, and processing of aerospace materials

Lab/Research Group Affiliation