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, sturctural 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 fill out this form

2020-2021 Competition

AIAA Design Build Fly.


The objective for this year competition is to design, build and test a UAV with a towed sensor.


We will spend the first month (September) for new member trainings.


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

DBF Team

Our team is composed of undergraduate and gradute MIT students.

Talia Spitz

President | Class of 2022
Major: Mechanincal Engineering
Hobbies: making, music, petting animals
Favorite Aircraft: 787 Dreamliner

Ngoc La (Nicole)

Chief Engineer | Class of 2021
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Research Interest: Autonomy Systems
Hobbies: making, baking
Favorite Aircraft: V-22 Osprey

Sam Ferguson

Treasurer | Class of 2023
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Research Interest: Hypersonics, Gas Turbines, Metal Casting
Hobbies: aircraft design, music, digital art
Favorite Aircraft: x-48c

Jason Daniels

Mechanism Lead | Class of 2023
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Hobbies: Building Things, Overwatch, Vibing
Favorite aircraft: F-22 Raptor

Wyatt Giroux

Aero Lead | Class of 2022
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: D&D, music composition, making things
Favorite Aircraft: SR-71

Ella Berrey

Aero Lead | Class of 2023
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies: reading, music
Favorite Aircraft: Concorde

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

Previous MIT competition entries. Click on an aircraft to learn about its design.

Aquarium Falcon

Year: 2011-12

Lil' Nugget

Year: 2012-13


Year: 2013-14

Miss Piggy

Year: 2014-15

Tony & Mark IV

Year: 2015-16


Year: 2016-17


Year: 2017-18


Year: 2018-19


Year: 2019-20

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