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AEROASTRO, ENERGY, and the ENVIRONMENT

At her 2005 inauguration, MIT President Susan Hockfield said that it is "our institutional responsibility to address the challenges of energy and the environment."

AeroAstro students, researchers, and faculty members are engaged in advancing the science, policy, economic, and engineering aspects relating to the interaction of aviation, environment, and energy. The department is seizing the opportunities to replace rhetoric with scientific and engineering analyses and rational judgment, to invent and implement new technologies and operations for vehicles and the air transportation system, and, thereby, to advance a sustainable aviation system that contributes to the betterment of society in all dimensions of economy and mobility, environment, and national security.

An AeroAstro-led team recently designed a future airliner that would use 70 percent less fuel than current airliners, make less noise, and create fewer harmful emissions.

future airliner

Our energy and environmental work extends far beyond the field of aerospace. Our linkages with colleagues across MIT and with colleagues throughout the world enable us to tackle multidisciplinary energy and environmental challenges, and amplify our contributions.

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