Resources & Support

There are a variety of resources for graduate students looking for support, referrals and advice, both within AeroAstro and at the Institute level. It’s important to us that our students know we are here to help with any problems that arise during the course of their studies.

  • AeroAstro Department Heads: Department resource for support and advice on a range of graduate student issues, mostly related to academics, research and advising. Drop-ins welcome or email Department Head Julie Shah or Associate Department Head Olivier de Weck for an appointment.
  • AeroAstro Student Services Office: Departmental resource for support, advice and referrals for graduate student issues. Email Erinn Taylor Barroso for an appointment.
  • Local & Institute Reporting Paths:  A summary of reporting path options at MIT if you have a concern or would like to file a complaint. It’s important to us that that you feel safe, respect, and supported as part of the AeroAstro and MIT communities.
  • AeroAstro Communications Lab: Staffed by Communications Fellows, the AeroAstro Communications Lab offers writing, speaking, and visual design support for engineers by engineers!
  • MIT Covid Apps: Download and usage instructions for all Covid-related MIT access and information apps
  • Office of Graduate Education: Centralized resource providing support and referrals for graduate student issues, mostly related to academics
  • MIT GradSupport: Staff in the Office of Graduate Education who provide advice and counsel on a variety of issues including faculty/student relationships, changing your advisor, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, and a student’s rights and responsibilities.
  • Office of Graduate Education Fellowship Resources: Centralized resource providing info on internal and external fellowship sources. MIT Director of Graduate Fellowships can also be contacted for help.
  • Title IX and Bias Response Office: Centralized resource for students to report incidents of bias, discrimination or harassment – anonymous reporting available.
  • Violence Prevention and Response: Confidential support for sexual harassment, stalking, assault and other interpersonal issues. Available 24/7 at 617-253-2300
  • MIT Mental Health and Counseling: Resource for mental health counseling sessions and therapy, by walk in and appointment.
  • Heads of House: If you live in an MIT dorm, these faculty members can provide you with support and advice.
  • MIT Chaplains/Office of Religious Life: Resource for confidential counseling and spiritual support in times of crisis.
  • MIT Ombuds:Confidential institute level open to all for support and advice for a range of workplace issues, conflicts and disputes.
  • dREFS: Confidential departmental peer resource for advice and support – students are trained in conflict resolution and can help with a variety of issues. (Confidential for graduate students only.)
  • Student Disability Services: Resource to help students with disabilities with access to all of MIT’s programs, activities and services.
  • Grad Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (GA^3): Departmental graduate student group who can help provide information about the department, student life and research labs. Email them at
  • International Students Office: Institute resource for advice and support for international students. Drop by or contact Janka Moss, AeroAstro’s liaison at
  • Graduate Student Teaching Opportunities & Resources
  • Student Groups

Other helpful links and resources