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AeroAstro enews is the department’s electronic newsletter, emailed regularly to all of our faculty, students, and staff. Issues include information about recent awards and recognitions, research news, upcoming events and activities, announcements from AeroAstro clubs and organizations, and other news. Contributions are welcome; send to

DECEMBER 2007: Honors and Recognition, Ian Waitz receives 2007 Excellence in Aviation Research Award; Comings and Goings, Peggy Bryan moves to Urban Studies and Planning, Susan Parker moves to RLE and Brian O'Conaill takes on new position; Obituary - Dr. Akiva Yaglom; NASA student research applications available; AeroAstro student art rep sought; LAI offers e-news; new reports available on AA web.

NOVEMBER 2007: Honors and Recognition, Professors Weigel, Cummings and Willcox elected to AIAA, Prof. Weigel receives Kane Award, Earll Murman to present lecture at AIAA meeting in January, Akiva Yaglom to receive Richardson medal, Lindsey Holland and Natasha Bosanac win the 2007 Unified Engineering Water Rocket Competition; MIT team completes DARPA Urban Challenge; New MIT Aerospace prize; Time names Newman and Liebek projects among "Best Innovations"; Hartman Student Competition seeks papers; displays sought for 33 hallway; Google Moon site.

October 2007: Comings and Goings, Eileen Dorschner retires, Prof. Alan Epstein takes leave to serve as Pratt & Whitney's vice-president, a new crop of postdoctoral associates and Paul Wooster finally leaves MIT for job in outside world; Interplanetary Logistics paper receives Honorable Mention; Space Logistics, THE MOVIE; Jeff Hoffman tells of Shuttle experiences in New Scientist; Simon Nolet wins AIAA prize for research paper; HAL featured in NUWSCOPE; MIT vehicle on its way to DARPA Challenge.

July 2007: Comings and Goings, Col. Pete Young relocated to Los Angeles and Ray Sedwick announces his plans to teach at University of Maryland at College Park this fall; D-B-F, The Motion Picture is here; many students received awards and recognition, as well as staff members and an alumnus; Free MGH/BW shuttle available.

May 2007: Honors and recognition to Bioastronautics Graduate Training Program, Jeff Hoffman inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Prof. Moe Win promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, Caroline Lam elected to AIAA board; Spakovsky to vice-chair Turbomachinery Committee; Staff receive HI-5s and Above & Beyond awards; AA Team takes first place in AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition; Department seeks Unified Grade and Graduate Teaching Fellows; Baby Babble: John-Paul and Michelle Clarke are proud parents of twin boys.

April 2007: Welcome Quishi Li, visiting assosiate professor; Honors and Recognition to Prof. Ian Waitz, named first Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics, Prof. Paul Lagace granted Award of Merit from ASTM, Damien Bador wins 2007 Lean Enterprise Value Foundation Student prize, Prof. Larry Young ties for first place in Eastern Regional Masters Championships of the United States Ski Association, and Phyllis Collymore, Marie Stuppard and Paul Lagace survive 25 years at MIT to join the MIT Quarter Century Club; de Weck receives Phase 2 NASA funding; CNRG, Prof. Modiano's new lab and web site; student jobs; Entrepreneur Panel to meet.

February 2007: Awards and Honors to Moe Win, Wireless Educator of the Year, and Joseph Yurko, Dr. Robert Goddard Scholarship recipient; Jon How and Brian Williams promoted to Full Professor and Emilio Frazzoli promoted to Associate Professor Without Tenure; welcome to Jacques Mathieu, our new systems administrator, and farewell to Lori Martinez; get well message to Ed Crawley; SPHERES - the Motion Picture; Funding page added to Web; Alumni's startup explores power-generating spacesuits; Mars Biosatellite Project slashdotted; the proper way to add music to your web sites.

January 2007 : Awards and Honors to, Raul Radovitzky, Jeff Hoffman inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Anne Dowling (former Hunsaker Professor) has been made a Dame (equivalent to knighthood), Finale Doshi wins Marshall Scholarhip; Dr. Duane McRuer, 1925-2007; Sector heads changed; AeroAstro environmental safety site posted; Mars Biosat on radio and SPHERES on TV; new 12-unit subject, "Minds, Maps and Models."

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