About Us

We are a team of undergraduate and graduate students at MIT that develop aircraft for the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition. Our students gain experience in conceptual design, multidisciplinary optimization, aerodynamic, structural and propulsive analysis, composite layups, CAD software, UAV fabrication and RC flight. DBF provides a means for our members to develop their technical, collaborative and communication skills while exploring their interest in aeronautics. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at For MIT students who are interested in joining us and would like to be on our mailing list for further information on new member trainings and meetings, please email us at

2023-2024 Competition

AIAA Design Build Fly.


The objective for this year's competition is to design, build, and test an aircraft that can carry a payload weighing over 30% of its body weight, while also being able to fit into a suitcase in its disassembled form.


We spend September training new members and beginning the design process. We build, prototype, and flight test from October through March, and compete with our final plane in April.


The rules for this year's competition can be found here.

Executive Board

Our team is composed of undergraduate and gradute MIT students.

Ada Erus

President | Class of 2025
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hobbies: Reading, playing volleyball, listening to music
Favorite aircraft: Vought XF5U

Brian Minnick

Chief Engineer | Class of 2025
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: 3D printing, hiking, board games
Favorite Aircraft: T-38

Lucio Saracco

Vice President and Treasurer | Class of 2026
Major: Nuclear Science and Engineering
Hobbies: Economy, History, Politics
Favorite Aircraft: B-52 Stratofortress

Erick Gonzalez

Project Manager | Class of 2024
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: baking, going on walks, playing badminton
Favorite aircraft: Airbus A380

Tomas Cantú

Mechanisms Lead | Class of 2025
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: Competitive math, board games, cycling, violin, cubing
Favorite aircraft: Ingenuity

Loreta Arzumanyan

Co-Aero Lead | Class of 2026
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: Music, Drawing, German literature
Favorite Aircraft: Boeing X-48

Taras Yuschenko

Co-Aero Lead | Class of 2026
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: Playing music, Exploring Boston, Photography
Favorite Aircraft: F117 Nighthawk

Giuliana Pertuz

Propulsion Lead | Class of 2026
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hobbies: Drawing, reading, walkies, crochet
Favorite Aircraft: Space Shuttle Enterprise

Ola Kaminska

Social Chair | Class of 2026
Major: Mechanical Engineering (2A)
Hobbies: Reading, clarinet, hiking
Favorite Aircraft: Boeing 737

Peter Sharpe

Graduate Student
Major: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research: Aircraft Design, Optimization, Aerodynamics
Hobbies: Making music, sailing, skateboarding
Favorite Aircraft: T-38 Talon

Past Models and Results

Previous MIT competition entries. We have 6 top 10 finishes in the past 9 years. Click on an aircraft to learn about its design.

Aquarium Falcon

Year: 2011-12        Placed 12 out of 68 teams

Lil' Nugget

Year: 2012-13        Placed 4 out of 81 teams


Year: 2013-14        Placed 5 out of 80 teams

Miss Piggy

Year: 2014-15        Placed 9 out of 84 teams

Tony & Mark IV

Year: 2015-16        Placed 20 out of 80 teams


Year: 2016-17       Placed 4 out of 95 teams


Year: 2017-18        Placed 52 out of 91 teams


Year: 2018-19        Placed 7 out of 104 teams


Year: 2019-20        Placed 6 out of 104 teams


Year: 2020-21        Placed 67 out of 92 teams


Year: 2021-22        Design doc placed 2nd of 97 teams


Year: 2023-24        Placed 19th of 99 teams

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