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LEFT: Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell’s April 28, 2016 visit to AeroAstro drew a capacity crowd to hear the recount of his lunar mission’s “successful failure.” Lovell is pictured here taking questions from students in the Neumann Hangar at a reception prior to the talk,. (William Litant/MIT photograph) RIGHT: The May 24-26, 2016 Women in Aerospace Symposium, presented by AeroAstro in conjunction with Stanford University, offered outstanding women doctoral and postdoctoral researchers a unique opportunity to present their work to, and network with, their colleagues, university faculty, and industry/government professionals. (William Litant/MIT photograph)

an absolute highlight.” Our undergraduates were fortunate to secure Capt. Lovell as the special guest for their annual AIAA Student-Faculty Dinner, at which he graciously participated in a fascinating Q&A session.

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Another highlight of the year was our second annual trip to the West Coast with our sophomore Unified Engineering class. Over a whirlwind three days we visited Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic. As you might imagine, it’s never dull here. One day we’re touring JPL with our sophomores, the next day we’re in conference with industry partners negotiating a research agreement. And, of course, in the meantime, we mentor freshmen advisees, counsel upperclassmen, deliberate on committees, work on our own research, etc. Our students are equally busy, if not more so. There is no “typical day” in the life of AeroAstro, and, for that, we are grateful. As we continue to grow and change, we’re excited at the prospects of tomorrow.

JAIME PERAIRE Department Head

EYTAN MODIANO Associate Department Head

MIT AeroAstro annual magazine 2015-2016Aeroastro 2015 16  

Annual magazine review of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department research and educational initiatives.

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