MIT
Design/Build/Fly

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 are interested in joining us, come to our interest meetings. They will be held on September 12th and September 14th in room 33-218 from 5 PM to 6 PM. Our first general body meeting will be held on September 16th in the Gelb Lab (located in the basement of building 33) from 2 PM to 4 PM. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at dbf-exec@mit.edu.

Competition

AIAA/Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Design/Build/Fly Competition

Design

The objective for the previous competition was to design a tube-launched UAV.

Schedule

The rules for the 2017-18 competition cycle should be released soon.

Rules

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

DBF Team

Our team is composed of undergraduate and gradute MIT students.

Ronnie Ogden

President | Class of 2018
Major: Aero/Astro, Mathematics
Research: CFD, Kite Power Systems
Hobbies: Playing saxophone, collecting and solving twisty puzzles
Favorite Aircraft: B-2 Spirit

Beau Rideout

Vice President | Class of 2019
Major: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research: ElectroAeroDynamic (EAD) Propulsion
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, Dungeons and Dragons, video games
Favorite Aircraft: SR-71 Blackbird

Philip Phan

Publicity Chair | Class of 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Research: Jungle Hawl Owl, a mid altitude UAV with a 5-day endurance
Hobbies: Yoyos, Rubik's Cubes, tennis
Favorite Aircraft: Boeing 747, A-10

Alex Patton

Treasurer | Class of 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Research: Astronomy
Hobbies: Archery

Kate Brewer

Historian | Class of 2020
Major: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research: Jungle Hawl Owl, a mid altitude UAV with a 5-day endurance
Hobbies: Crochet, running
Favorite Aircraft: Glamorous Glennis

Abhinav Gupta

Webmaster | Graduate Student
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Research: Uncertainty Quantification, Data Assimilation, CFD
Hobbies: Badminton
Favorite Aircraft: F-35 Lightning II

Prashanth Prakash

Graduate Student
Major: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research: Propulsion, Gas Turbines, Emission Control

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

Corndog

Year: 2013-14

Miss Piggy

Year: 2014-15

Tony & Mark IV

Year: 2015-16

Bumblebee

Year: 2016-17

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