The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) has a wide range of research programs offering opportunities for undergraduate student participation. UROP openings in AeroAstro are available to Course 16 students as well as other majors and freshmen. A student interested in particular areas should contact faculty members conducting research in those areas. See the AeroAstro UROP Directory below. Students desiring more information about ongoing projects or specific UROP openings in AeroAstro can contact Marie Stuppard, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UROP Office (http://web.mit.edu/urop/students/index.html) provides guidelines on UROP proposal content and format; research collaboration; lab safety; ethical expectations; assessment of the UROP experience; patents and copyrights; etc. Eligibility criteria; proposal deadlines; and travel guidelines are also covered at http://web.mit.edu/urop/basicinfo/.
To do a UROP for pay, a student submits a proposal for direct UROP or research-sponsored funding. Students must keep track of time spent on their project and submit time sheets on a weekly basis.
To do a UROP for credit; a student submits a proposal and registers in either 16.URG (letter grade) or 16.UR (Pass/Fail). (A Course 16 student doing a UROP for credit outside of the department registers for a UROP number in that department, e.g. 2.URG, 6.UR, 8.UR.) Students seeking a UROP should discuss the aforementioned options with their potential UROP supervisor and submit their proposal by the appropriate UROP deadline.
Students must meet Institute and departmental safety training requirements before beginning a UROP. They are also advised to discuss immediate safety-related concerns with their lab supervisor or lab safety coordinator. For more information on safety requirements, visit http://ehs.mit.edu/site/ and http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/about/health-safety.html.
Some Related Areas for UROPs
Aerospace Computational Design Lab, Aerospace Controls Lab, Communications and Networking Research Group, Complex Systems Research Lab, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Gas Turbine Lab, Humans and Automation Lab, International Center for Air Transportation, Lab for Information and Decision Systems, Lean Advancement Initiative, Man Vehicle Lab, Mars Gravity Biosatellite, Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction, Space Grant Consortium, Space Propulsion Lab, Space Systems Laboratory, Technology Lab for Advanced Materials and Structures, and the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.
Faculty Research Descriptions
Below is a directory of Aero-Astro UROP supervisors and their research areas. These listings are subject to change.
- Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan, 33-328, x3-6101, email@example.com
- Air traffic control; traffic flow management; airport operations scheduling; hybrid systems.
- Prof. Prof. Steven R.H. Barrett, Room 33-406, 2-2550, firstname.lastname@example.org (On Leave, Fall)
- Aviation and ground transportation climate and air quality impacts; geoengineering; low-emissions propulsion; contaminant dispersion.
- Dr. Peter Belobaba, 33-318, x 3-7573, email@example.com
- Air transportation economics and operations analysis; airline pricing and revenue management; application of quantitative decision methods to aerospace management; airline and aerospace industry analysis.
- Dr. Kim B. Blair, 17-110, (781) 266-6375, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sports engineering; sports product development; biomechanics of sports; aerodynamics of athletes and sports equipment development.
- Kerri Cahoy; 37-371; 3-5199; email@example.com
- Planetary atmospheres; Exoplanet atmospheres with optical direct imaging instruments (coronagraphs) onboard spacecraft; solar system planets with spacecraft radio occultation; earth with GNSS radio occultation.
- Prof. Edward F. Crawley, 33-413, x3-7510, firstname.lastname@example.org
- System architecture; spacecraft design; structural dynamics; aeroelasticity; controlled structures.
- Prof. Mary (Missy) L. Cummings, 33-305, x2-1512, email@example.com, (On Leave, Fall/Spring)
- Human Supervisory control; human-unmanned vehicle interaction; bounded collaborative human-computer decision making; decision support; information complexity in displays; ethical and social impact of technology.
- Prof. David Darmofal, 33-207, x8-0743, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Computational fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, probabilistic aerothermal design, and engineering education
- Prof. Olivier L. De Weck 33-410, x3-0255, email@example.com,
- Systems engineering for changeability and commonality; space exploration logistics.
- Prof. Mark Drela, 37-475, x3-0067, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Boundary layers; computational fluid dynamics transonic aerodynamics; low-speed aerodynamics; design methodology.
- Prof. Emilio Frazzoli, 33-326, x3-1991, email@example.com, (On Leave, Fall)
- Automatic control; autonomous vehicles (including UAVs, spacecraft, ground vehicles);
coordination of large-scale robotic networks; air traffic control; software design and verification for aerospace embedded systems.
- Prof. Edward M. Greitzer, 31-226, x3-2128, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gas turbine engines; turbomachinery; silent aircraft initiative; robust turbine engine design; propulsion; active control of aeromechanical systems.
- Prof. Steven R. Hall, 33-313; x 3-0869, email@example.com
- Automatic control, control of helicopters, control of structures.
- Dr. Robert Haimes, 37-467, x 3-7518, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applied computational geometry, computational fluid dynamics, scientific visualization, high-performance computing, simulation based design methods.
- Prof. R. John Hansman, 33-303, x3-2271, email@example.com
- Aviation safety, aircraft/atmospheric interaction, cockpit human factors and information management, air traffic control, airline operations, instrumentation
- Prof. Wesley L. Harris, 4-250, x3-0911, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unsteady aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, computational fluid dynamics, bio-medical fluid dynamics (hemodynamics), sustainment, logistics, government acquisition policy.
- Prof. Daniel E. Hastings, 7-133, x3-0906, email@example.com
- Plasma physics, spacecraft-environmental interactions, power generation in space, space systems, space policy.
- Dr. James I. Hileman, 31-214, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alternative fuels, aircraft design, aeroacoutics, environmental effects
- Prof. Jeffrey A. Hoffman, 37-227; x 2-2353, email@example.com
- Space flight operations, extravehicular activity, space systems architecture.
- Prof. Jonathan P. How, 33-328, x3-3267, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Navigation and control: GPS sensing for navigation and control of formation flying spacecraft; experimental and theoretical robust control; activity coordination and trajectory optimization of multiple UAVs.
- Prof. Paul A. Lagace, 33-310, x3-3628, email@example.com
- Composite materials, fracture and fatigue (longevity), damage tolerance, manufacturing technology, system engineering, management issues.
- Prof. Nancy G. Leveson, 33-334, x8-0505, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Software engineering, safety of software controlled systems, system engineering, system safety engineering, human computer interaction
- Prof. Paulo C. Lozano, 37-401, x 8-0742, email@example.com
- Electric propulsion, rocket propulsion, space mission design.
- Prof. Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, 37-341, x3-5613, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rocket propulsion, space power, space tethers, dynamics of turbomachinery.
- Prof. Youssef M. Marzouk, Room 33-305, email@example.com
- Energy conversion and propulsion, chemically reacting flows, transport processes, fluid mixing, vortex dynamics, chemical kinetics. Computational mathematics. Uncertainty quantification, data assimilation, inverse problems, Bayesian inference.
- Dr. Rebecca Masterson, 37-387; x4-5328; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Precision telescope structures; integrated modeling and jitter analysis; space-based robotic assembly
- Dr. David W. Miller, 37-327, x3-3288, email@example.com
- Distributed satellite systems, precision telescope structures, formation flying satellites.
- Prof. David Mindell, E51-185F, 3-0221, firstname.lastname@example.org (On Leave, Fall/Spring)
- Human-machine interaction; deep ocean robotics; archaeology in the deep ocean; history of aviation and spaceflight; social implications of engineering.
- Prof. Eytan H Modiano, 33-326, x2-3414, email@example.com
- Communication networks and protocols, satellite and hybrid networks, high-speed networks.
- Prof. Dava J. Newman, 33-307, x8-8799, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aerospace biomedical engineering: biomechanics and energetics, control, and dynamics; astrocaut adaptation; advanced spacesuit design; human factors; engineering systems and design; space policy
- Prof. Deborah J. Nightingale, E38-670, 3-7339, email@example.com
- Lean enterprise integration; enterprise transformation and architecting; systems sngineering
- Prof. Amedeo R. Odoni, 33-219, x3-7439, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Airport planning and design, air traffic control, applied probability theory, operations research, transportation systems analysis
- Dr. Charles M. Oman, 37-211, x3-7508, email@example.com
- Aerospace physiology and human factors, human planetary exploration mission design, cockpit displays and flight simulation, human orientation and navigation in real and virtual environments.
- Prof. Jaime Peraire, 37-451, x3-1981, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, numerical analysis, parallel computing.
- Prof. Raul A. Radovitzky, 33-316, x2-1518, email@example.com
- Computational solid mechanics and fluid-structure interaction; mechanics of materials; multi-scale modeling and simulation, high-performance and massively parallel computing.
- Prof. Nicholas Roy, 33-315, x 3-2517, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mobile robotics, autonomous systems, human-computer interaction, decision-making under uncertainty and machine learning.
- Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero, 37-381, x4-6827, email@example.com
- Formation flight systems: SPHERES Project. Avionics and testbed environment design and operations.
- Prof. Julie Shah, 33-408, 4-4879, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Autonomous systems; human-robot collaboration; AI planning and scheduling; interactive robotics for aerospace, medical, and manufacturing.
- Prof. Zoltan S. Spakovszky, 31-265, x 3-2196, email@example.com (On Leave, Spring)
- Turbomachinery, propulsion systems and control, aeroengine dynamic system modeling, silent aircraft initiative.
- Dr. Choon S. Tan , 31-267, x3-7524, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unsteady and three-dimensional internal flow in turbomachinery and propulsive devices, propulsion systems, computational techniques.
- Prof. Ian A. Waitz, 33-207, x3-0218, email@example.com
- Propulsion, fluid mechanics, combustion, aeroacoustics, environmental effects, microengines.
- Prof. Qiqi Wang, 37-447; x3-0921; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aerodynamics; control and optimization; uncertainty quantification; numerical analysis.
- Prof. Brian L. Wardle, 33-314, x2-1539, email@example.com
- Advanced composite materials and systems; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) materials and structures; MEMS power devices and energy harvesting; nano composites; structural health monitoring (SHM); active materials modeling and design, fracture, fatigue and damage mechanics; durability modeling/testing; finite-element modeling; structural response and testing; buckling mechanics; project design and management; business strategy and growth; cost modeling.
- Prof. Annalisa L. Weigel, 33-404, x3-1207,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complex systems architecture and design, space systems, systems engineering, air and space policy, finance and markets
- Prof. Sheila E. Widnall, 33-411, 3-3595, email@example.com
- Fluid dynamics; space and aeronautical systems; acquisition reform; defense aerospace management.
- Prof. Karen E. Willcox, 37-447, x3-3503, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Model reduction, multidisciplinary design optimization, environmental and economic impacts of aviation, computational fluid dynamics.
- Prof. Brian Williams, 33-330, x3-1678, email@example.com
- Space and aerial robotics; cognitive robotics; automated reasoning and artificial intelligence; automation for operations and design; hybrid control systems; robot coordination; energy management.
- Prof. Moe Win, 32-D658, 3-9341, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wireless communications; optical communications; space communications systems.
- Prof. Laurence R. Young, 37-207, x3-7759, email@example.com
- Human factors, bioastronautics, ski safety.