Graduate Student Ambassadors

Ryan de Freitas Bart

Research area: Space Systems Design & Analysis

Ryan de Freitas Bart is a fourth-year graduate student in AeroAstro and a Draper Scholar. His research interests are in improving system engineering processes and methods for analyzing space vehicle reusability.

Sarah Demsky (she/her)
Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment

Research area: Aerospace, Energy, & the Environment

Sarah Demsky is a first-year graduate student originally from Orlando, FL. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech and is currently a research assistant in the Lab for Aviation and the Environment. Her research is centered around sustainable aviation fuels, specifically the cost and emissions analysis of a national-scale biofuel supply chain. Outside of classes and research, Sarah plays on the MIT women’s club water polo team and is involved in the MIT outing club.

Annick Dewald (she/her)
International Center For Air Transportation
Research area: Air Transportation/ Engineering Systems 

Annick is a Ph.D. student in the International Center for Air Transportation working with Professor John Hansman on an integrated optimization approach to design a long-endurance solar aircraft for climate observation. While at MIT, she has served on the Graduate Women in Aerospace Engineering (GWAE) board as chair of the advocacy committee and president. Annick is a founding member of QuASAR, a department affinity group for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Annick is also one of the 2022 departmental Diversity Fellows.

Sydney Dolan (they/she)
Reliable Autonomous Systems Lab @ MIT (REALM)
Research area: Autonomy & Space Systems

Sydney Dolan is a third-year student in the Reliable Autonomous Systems Lab at MIT (REALM) with Chuchu Fan. Her research interests lie at the cross-section of controls, learning, and spacecraft autonomy. She got her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University, and she did her Masters in the Engineering Systems Lab with Ed Crawley. When she’s not busy with research, she loves trail running, rock climbing, and baking. 

Ryann Hee (she/her)

Research area: Systems Engineering & Human Systems

Hi, my name is Ryann and I am a first-year graduate student in AeroAstro. I received my undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy and my research interests currently fall somewhere in the realm of sensors, systems engineering, and bioastronautics. Some hobbies of mine are bouldering, cooking, and being in the sun. 

Michelle Lin (they/them)
Human Systems Lab
Research area: Bioastronautics, human spaceflight

Michelle is a first-year graduate student in the Human Systems Lab and the Media Lab (Space Exploration Initiative) working on making space feel like home. Their research is focused on human experience in Isolated, Confined, and Extreme environments and designing architecture to enable agency and curiosity for long-duration missions. They love to take film photos, brunching, and thrifting. At MIT, they picked up ceramics and snowboarding, and are taking a darkroom film developing course this semester. They are the Outreach & Diversity Chair of GA^3 (Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and also teach regularly for the Educational Studies Program. Please feel free to talk to them about being in the HSL, dual-lab appointments, interdisciplinary research, funding, outreach, diversity & inclusion efforts, and being a LGBTQ+ and gender minority member of the department. 

Will Parker (He/Him)
Research area: Space Systems

Will is a second-year graduate student in the Astrodynamics, Space Robotics, and Controls Laboratory (ARCLab). His research interests include machine learning for spacecraft dynamics modeling, GN&C, computer vision for spacecraft navigation, computational astrodynamics, and space domain awareness. He grew up in Kingston, MA, and graduated with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2020. At MIT, Will has served as a social chair on the Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (GA^3), competes as a member of the MIT Rowing Club, and mentors local middle school students through the NetPals program. Other interests include sailing, kayaking, hiking, skiing, late night runs through Boston, extreme ironing, and performing music at local bars with friends.

Jingnan Shi (he/him)

Research area: Autonomy

I’m a PhD student working in robotic perception and robust estimation. I like to cook, read and watch birds, and I have three dogs. 

Bazyli Szymański (he/him)
International Center For Air Transportation
Research area: Air Transportation Systems

Bazyli comes from Warsaw (Poland), where he completed his BS+MS in Mathematics. He then spent 2 years gaining practical experience in the airline industry, before coming to MIT in 2019. His Ph.D. research in the International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT) is focused on dynamic pricing and optimization for airline revenue management, supervised by Dr. Peter Belobaba.

Bazyli is one of the 2022 AeroAstro Diversity Fellows, helping implement DEI initiatives and organizing events for the community: hoping to contribute to the well-being of all at the Department.

Outside of AeroAstro, you may find Bazyli at an airport or curling with the MIT Curling Club!

Hannah Tomio (she/her)
Space Telecom, Astronomy & Radiation Laboratory (STAR Lab)
Research area: Space Systems

Hannah Tomio is a 2nd-year graduate student and a member of the Space Telecommunications, Astronomy and Radiation (STAR) Lab with Professor Kerri Cahoy. Her research focuses on advancing the capabilities of small satellites for communications and Earth observation applications. Prior to coming to MIT, she received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering from Tohoku University in Japan. In addition to research, she enjoys learning languages and running along the Charles.

Emily Williams (she/her)
Aerospace Computational Design Lab
Research area: Aerospace Computational Engineering

Emily is a first-year graduate student in the Computational Turbulence Group with Professor Adrian Lozano-Duran. Her research involves using machine learning for computational fluid dynamics of hypersonic turbulent boundary layers. Before MIT, she received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021. In the department, she serves as Co-President of Graduate Women in Aerospace Engineering (GWAE) and Social Chair of the Aerospace Computational Design Lab (ACDL). Outside of work, she likes rock climbing and walking around Cambridge/Boston.

Syed “Shayan” Zahid (he/him)
Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment
Research area: Aerospace, Energy, and the Environment

My name is Shayan, and I was born and raised in Lahore, a very metropolitan city in Pakistan. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2019, followed by a brief internship at Cummins Inc. before joining the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment (LAE) in Fall 2020 as a Research Assistant pursuing a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Currently, I work on reducing the harmful environmental impact of aircraft gas turbines. Beyond research, I enjoy traveling, working out, playing the piano and violin, ballroom dancing, and exploring good food places around the area.