Advising

Each sophomore entering AeroAstro is assigned an academic advisor. Your advisor guides you through your educational endeavors throughout your undergraduate years. Advisors do more than approve registration and add/drop forms. Your advisor should be someone you trust and, as the term implies, whom you can approach for advice, not only with academic issues, but also broader issues such as summer internships, job and grad school applications, and personal matters.

Selecting Your Advisor

In June, the AeroAstro Undergraduate Office sends information to entering sophomores to help them select an advisor. Students browse through the advisor profiles, reviewing the professors' research areas, teaching interests, and other information. As we can't guarantee you will get your first choice, decide who will be your first, second, and third choice as a potential advisor. If you wish, you'll be able to change advisors in the future. (Students whose advisors are on sabbatical may be reassigned.)

The next undergraduate advisor selection period begins in the summer of 2019.

For more information about advising, contact academic programs administrator mas [at] mit.edu (Marie Stuppard).

Current Undergraduate Advisors

AeroAstro Undergrad Advising
Photo: Hamsa Balakrishnan

Hamsa Balakrishnan

Associate Department Head

Air traffic control, traffic flow management, airport operations scheduling, hybrid systems

Photo: Steven Barrett

Steven R.H. Barrett

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Climate and air quality impacts of aviation; aircraft propulsion and emissions; alternative fuels for aviation and ground transportation;...

Photo: Kerri Cahoy

Kerri Cahoy

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Wavefront control systems for exoplanet exploration and free-space, laser communication, Spacecraft radio systems for space weather and...

Photo: Edward Crawley

Edward F. Crawley

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Ford Professor of Engineering

Dr. Crawley’s research has focused on the architecture, design, and decision support and optimization in complex technical systems subject...

Photo: David Darmofal

David L. Darmofal

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MacVicar Fellow, Bisplinghoff Fellow

Computational fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, probabilistic design, engineering education

Photo: Mark Drela

Mark Drela

Terry J. Kohler Professor

Aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, design methodology, low-order modeling of aeromechanical systems

Photo: R. John Hansman

R. John Hansman

T. Wilson (1953) Professor in Aeronautics

Air transportation, instrumentation, flight safety, aviation meteorology, flight information systems, air traffic control

Photo: Wesley Harris

Wesley L. Harris

C.S. Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Fluid dynamics: unsteady aerodynamics, aeroacoustics; rotorcraft technology; economic incentives: defense systems acquisition, lean...

Photo: Jeffrey Hoffman

Jeffrey A. Hoffman

Professor of the Practice

Human space flight operations, space flight technology, human-machine interactions, extravehicular activity, conducting laboratory research...

Photo: Jon How

Jonathan P. How

R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Navigation and control; design and implementation of distributed robust planning algorithms to coordinate multiple autonomous vehicles in...

Photo: Sertac Karaman

Sertac Karaman

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Robotics, motion planning and control, verification and automated synthesis of embedded systems, autonomous vehicles, robotic networks

Photo: Paul Lagace

Paul A. Lagace

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Composite materials and their structures, fracture, longevity, and damage tolerance, manufacturing, generic systems applications,...

Photo: Nancy Leveson

Nancy Leveson

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

System safety, organizational safety and safety culture, software engineering, safety of software controlled systems, system engineering,...

Photo: Paulo Lozano

Paulo Lozano

M. Alemán-Velasco Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Space propulsion, electrospray thrusters, micro and nano-fabrication, space mission design, small satellite technology development, ion...

Photo: Eytan Modiano

Eytan H. Modiano

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Data communication, satellite and hybrid networks, high-speed networks

Photo: Dava Newman

Dava J. Newman

Apollo Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aerospace biomedical engineering: biomechanics, control, and dynamics; human factors; engineering systems and design; space policy

Jaime Peraire

Jaime Peraire

H.N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Numerical analysis, finite element methods, computational aerodynamics

Photo: Nicholas Roy

Nicholas Roy

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Robotics, machine learning, autonomous systems, planning and reasoning, human-computer interaction, micro air vehicles

Julie Shah

Julie Shah

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Autonomous systems, human-robot collaboration, AI planning and scheduling, interactive robotics for aerospace, medical, and manufacturing.

Zoltán S. Spakovszky

Zoltán S. Spakovszky

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Propulsion and energy conversion, internal flows in fluid machinery, compressor aerodynamics and stability, micro-fluidics and rotordynamics...

Photo: Leia Stirling

Leia Stirling

Assistant Professor

computational dynamics, system automation, human factors, experimental biomechanics, human-machine interaction for aerospace and medical...

Sheila Windall

Sheila Widnall

Institute Professor

Boundary layer stability, unsteady hydrodynamic loads on fully wetted and supercavitating hydrofoils of finite span, unsteady lifting...

Photo: Karen Willcox

Karen E. Willcox

Visiting Professor

Reduced-order modeling, uncertainty quantification, multidisciplinary design optimization, aircraft system design, data to decisions in...

Photo: Brian Williams

Brian C. Williams

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Undergraduate Officer

Professor Williams leads the Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems group, within the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...

Photo: Moe Win

Moe Z. Win

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Wireless communications, optical communications, space communications systems