AeroAstro Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Below are Undergraduate Research Opportunities currently open in MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics. Note that while a project may have started (first date under "Project duration") the UROP position is still open. For more information about, or to apply for, any of the positions, contact the person at the end of each listing. For general questions regarding AeroAstro UROPS, contact mas [at] mit.edu (Ms. Marie Stuppard).

AeroAstro labs wishing to submit a UROP opening may do so via our online form (certificate required).

WaferSat: Design and Prototyping of Tiny Satellites with Huge Potential

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Project description

You've heard of the satellite (500 kg). You've heard of the CubeSat (5 kg). The next giant leap is the WaferSat (0.05 kg). As satellites get smaller, they get lighter, easier to launch, and less expensive. Although they are small, their lower cost may permit many to be built. By operating them as a team they could provide the same performance as large satellites but at lower cost. The unique feature of WaferSats is that their size is small enough to allow them to be built using Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. The pervasiveness of MEMS fabrication techniques therefore provides the potential to further reduce cost. The goal of this UROP project is to design and prototype a WaferSat, with a good possibility of your WaferSat being launched into orbit. This project will be conducted as a team UROP with multiple UROP students working together with several faculty and graduate students. A UROP for three or six units is suggested. 

Project duration
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Students who may apply
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Compensation
For Credit
For Pay
Faculty supervisor

For more information or to apply, contact:

Michael Fifield

ACDL research in computational methods

Affiliated Lab/Research Group
Project description

The MIT ACDL's mission is the advancement and application of computational methods for the design, optimization, and control of aerospace and other complex systems. ACDL research addresses a range of topics including advanced computational fluid dynamics and mechanics; uncertainty quantification; data assimilation and statistical inference; surrogate and reduced modeling; and simulation-based design techniques. 

ACDL typically has ongoing UROP opportunities in all of the lab's focus areas. Prospective UROP students should either be comfortable programmers or have a strong background and interest in applied mathematics and numerical methods—or both. UROPs may be for pay or for credit, by arrangement with the specific faculty supervisor.

Interested undergraduates are encouraged to contact the lab UROP coordinator at the email address listed below. Please include in the email a brief description of your interests as well as your coding and math experience. This will help the coordinators determine if there is a good fit for you within the lab.

ACDL faculty are: David Darmofal, Mark Drela, Woody Hoburg, Youssef Marzouk (director), Jaime Peraire, Qiqi Wang, and Karen Willcox. More information on ACDL research can be found at http://acdl-web.mit.edu and on each faculty member's individual website.

Project duration
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Students who may apply
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Compensation
For Credit
For Pay
Faculty supervisor

For more information or to apply, contact:

Elizabeth Qian