First Year Opportunities

Photo: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design

Freshman are welcome to take Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design (Class 16.00), where student teams design, build, and race radio-controlled blimps.

While MIT students don't choose their majors until the end of their first year, AeroAstro enthusiastically welcomes first-year students who have an interest in aerospace. In the Spring, AeroAstro offers a class that first-year students are welcome to take: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design (Class 16.00). In 16.00, student teams undertake a lighter-than-air vehicle project where they design, build, and race radio-controlled blimps. The course is led by former NASA astronaut, Professor Jeffrey Hoffman. 16.00 has no prerequisites, carries six units, and is letter-graded.

First-year students are also welcome to participate in department activities, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and student groups and clubs. They are invited to attend lectures and programs featuring guest speakers from the aerospace industry, NASA, the FAA, and other organizations, and to apply for summer internships through our Space Grant program.

If you're a first-year student and would like to be notified of AeroAstro events and programs, write aaundergradinfo [at] mit.edu (subject: Put%20me%20on%20the%20aafreshmen%20email%20list%21) from your MIT email address and ask to be placed on our email list. You can also follow department happenings on Facebook.