Support AeroAstro

The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (MIT AeroAstro) is a vibrant community of uniquely talented and passionate faculty, students, researchers, and alumni. As one of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States, we have a rich tradition of technical excellence, academic rigor, and research scholarship that has led to significant contributions to the field of aerospace for more than a century.

Your support is needed to help us continue to push the boundaries of what is possible and to shape the future of air and space transportation, explorations, communications, autonomous systems, national security, and education.

“Not only has the fellowship given me the financial resources to pursue my dream of studying at MIT, but also motivated me to pursue cutting-edge research that benefits MIT and the world.”

Humberto Caldelas
Jack and Vickie Kerrebrock Fellow

Funding Opportunities

Please see the MIT giving website to learn more about other ways to give, including planned gifts, matching gifts, and other ways to contribute.

Provides the Department with funds to direct where they are needed most, which may include capital projects, our graduate students, undergraduate programming, diversity equity and inclusion activities, and other urgent needs as they arise.

Support the AeroAstro Development Fund.
Fund No.: 3830800

Graduate students come to AeroAstro wanting to make the world a better place. Supporting fellowships plays a critical role in our ability to provide them with the resources necessary to pursue their most ambitious dreams.

Support the AeroAstro Graduate Fellowship Fund.
Fund No.: 3290600

Gifts to provide general support to our graduate students, which may include funding to offset graduate student funding, travel, and other programming.

Gifts to endow graduate fellowships in honor of Sheila E. Widnall ’60 (XVI), SCD ’64 (XVI). Preference is given to students from backgrounds that are underrepresented at MIT, with an additional preference for female students.

Support the Sheila Widnall (1960) Fellowship Fund.
Fund No.: 3290600

“I can’t even tell you the first time I got interested in airplanes. I think I just was born with it.”

Humberto Caldelas’20, SM’21
Current AeroAstro PhD candidate and 2021 recipient of Jack and Vickie Kerrebrock Fellowship

Gifts to endow graduate fellowships in honor of former Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor and Department Head Jack Kerrebrock and his late wife, Vickie.

Support the Jack and Vickie Kerrebrock Fellowship Fund.
Fund No.: 3290600

Gifts to support the renovation and operation of the wind tunnel facility, including but not limited to, operating costs, maintenance expenses, equipment, capital expenditures, and program costs pertaining to the wind tunnel facility.

Support the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.
Fund No.: 3722955

Gifts to provide discretionary support to the Small Satellite Collaborative, which supports novel research and education on small satellites, including their missions, subsystems, payloads, enabling technologies, and increasingly complex applications.

Support the Small Satellite Collaborative Fund.
Fund No.: 3965364

Naming opportunities are available to support the renovations of our core facilities, including the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, as well as for graduate fellowships, professorships, and other activities.


Kate Reynolds
Senior Leadership Giving Officer

Ph: 617.324.2771