Zachary Cordero

Boeing Career Development Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Pronouns He/His
One of my favorite movie characters is from the 1951 film No Highway in the Sky. The protagonist, played by Jimmy Stewart, is a metallurgist who uses temperature-dependent fatigue analysis to explain a series of catastrophic plane crashes — what's not to love?

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Administrative Contact

Corrine Giordani

Financial Contact

Ngan Le

Specialization and Research Interests

Key research interests include: processing science, additive manufacturing, propulsion and thermal protection materials, materials design for extreme aerospace environments, materials failure. Current projects aim to enable eminently reusable rocket engines, additively manufactured deployables for small sats, and in-space manufacturing of large structures.

Teaching Interests

selection, design, processing of materials for aerospace applications

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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


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 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, mechanics, and design to develop novel materials and structures for emerging aerospace applications.

Awards & Honors

Young Investigator Award, Army Research Office
Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research