Professor Ian A. Waitz
B.S., 1986, Pennsylvania State University
Ian A. Waitz is Dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He served as Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics head from 2008 until his appointment as Dean in 2011. He also served from 2004 to 2014 as the Director of the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER), an FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA and Transport Canada-sponsored Center of Excellence with participants from a dozen universities and 50 industry and government organizations. Waitz has made advances in gas turbine engines, fluid mechanics, combustion, and acoustics. The principal focus of his current work is on the modeling and evaluation of the climate, air-quality and noise impacts of aviation, and the assessment of technological, operational, and policy options for mitigating these impacts. In addition to scholarly publications, Waitz has contributed to several influential policy documents and scientific assessments including a report to the U.S. Congress on aviation and the environment. He holds three patents, and has consulted for many organizations. In 2003, Waitz received a NASA Turning Goals Into Reality Award for Noise Reduction, and in 2007 he was awarded the FAA Excellence in Aviation Research Award. Waitz has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and propulsion, and has received several teaching awards including appointment as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for undergraduate teaching at MIT from 2003 to 2013. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the AIAA, and an ASME and ASEE member.
You can also learn about his research by watching Professor Waitz's lecture on the environmental impacts of aviation.