Professor Daniel Hastings
B.A. (Mathematics), 1976, Oxford University
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Daniel Hastings, the MIT Dean for Undergraduate Education, is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems. He has taught courses and seminars in plasma physics, rocket propulsion, advanced space power and propulsion systems, aerospace policy, technology and policy, and space systems engineering.
From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Hastings was the U.S. Air Force's chief scientist. In that role, he was chief scientific adviser to the chief of staff and the secretary and provided assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. He led influential studies about Air Force investment in space, global energy projection, and options for a 21st century science and technology workforce.
Dr. Hastings’ recent research has concentrated on space systems and space policy, and on spacecraft-environmental interactions, space propulsion, space systems engineering, and space policy. He has published many papers and a book spacecraft-environment interaction,s and several papers in space propulsion and space systems. He has led national studies on government investment in space technology.
Dr. Hastings joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in 1985, advancing to associate professor in 1988, and full professor in 1993. He was the MIT Engineering Systems Division associate director from July 2001 until April 2003; co-director from May 2003 until June 2004, and director from July 2004 until December 2005 when he was named Dean.