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Aeronautics and Astronautics

Boeing 767 Cockpit Systems and Automation
Dr. Charles Oman (MIT Man Vehicle Lab), Brian Nield (Boeing Commercial Airplane), and Colleagues
Mon Jan 26 thru Fri Jan 30, 09am-03:00pm, Room 33-116, Simulator Sessions 3-5 or 6-8

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 12 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: Basic Flight Simulator Instrument Flying Skills (see below).

Are you an aero-engineering student, pilot, or serious desktop flight simulator user ? Want to understand how transport aircraft systems and automation work ? Boeing and MIT Aero/Astro are offering a familiarization course corresponding to those taken by Boeing engineers and airline pilots. Classroom lectures and afternoon/evening sessions using a B767-300 desktop flight simulator, computer based training modules, and an actual B767 at Logan Airport. You don't have to be a real world pilot, but you must have basic simulator instrument flying skills. Participants are requested to attend all sessions.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/flightsimlab/Introduction.htm
Contact: Dr. Charles Oman, 37-219, x3-7508, cmo@space.mit.edu

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Tour
Prof. W.E. Vander Velde, George T. Schmidt
Wed Jan 21, 02-04:00pm, 555 Tech. Square, Draper Lab Reception Area

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 14-Jan-2004
Limited to 35 participants.
Single session event
Prereq: Must be a U.S. citizen or Green Card Holder.

We will begin with an introduction to the Draper Laboratory, its history, and major projects. We will then visit several areas of the Laboratory and see some of its project activities. Restricted to U.S. citizens or Green Card holders. Tour will depart from the Draper Lab Reception Lobby, 555 Technology Square, Cambridge (next to NE43).
Contact: Peggy Edwards, 37-367, x8-7390, margaret@mit.edu

Do-It-Yourself Mock Aviation Accident Investigation
Brian Nield, Boeing Commercial Airplane, Prof. Nancy Leveson
Mon Jan 26 thru Fri Jan 30, 09am-03:00pm, 33-116, Simulator sessions 3-5 or 6-8.

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Jan-2004
Limited to 24 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: spreadsheet skills (Excel); some familiarity with aviation

Bermuda Airlines Flight 16 has crashed shortly after takeoff on its way to the United States. Work with your peers on a small, self-directed, investigative team to solve a realistic (but fictional) aircraft accident mystery. New information on the crash will be given out each session as you piece together the facts to determine what caused the accident and build recommendations for improving flying safety. Note: This is the same problem that was offered during IAP 2002. Participants are expected to attend working sessions. This activity will be coordinated with the Boeing 767 course; therefore, the schedule for this activity is subject to change.
Contact: Karen Marais, 33-407, x2-5412, karenm@mit.edu

Fly Business for the Price of Coach: Managing your Frequent Flyer Portfolio
Thomas Gorin, Emmanuel Carrier
Fri Jan 9, 11am-12:30pm, Room 33-116
Mon Jan 12, 01-02:30pm, Room E51-376

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session
Prereq: None

Regardless of how often or where you fly, chances are you aren't taking full advantage of the benefits of frequent flyer programs. Numerous travelers don't even earn frequent flyer miles, and those who do only use them to purchase award tickets. We will tell you everything about frequent flyer miles, the tricks to earning miles more frequently, and earning them for any use (e.g. upgrades, hotel rooms , and magazines). We will tell you how to maximize your earning potential, take advantage of bonus promotions, and go on mileage runs to top off your frequent flyer accounts. Sessions cover basics of frequent flyer programs including strengths and weaknesses, and examples of how MIT students can maximize their earning potential.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/gorint9/www/IAP/overview.html
Contact: Thomas Gorin, x3-7748, gorint9@mit.edu

Highlights of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Prof. Moe Win
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: N/A


A series of lectures on the activities of the department will cover areas of interest in research, with oral presentations, films and/or demos and examples.
Contact: Marie Stuppard, 33-208, x3-2279, mas@mit.edu

Research Frontiers in Aerospace Networks
Eytan Modiano
Thu Jan 8, 02-03:00pm, Room 33-206

Marketing, Business and Technical Tradeoffs in Satellite Communications Systems Design
Joel Schindall
Thu Jan 15, 02-03:00pm, 33-206

Rapid Prototyping -- Aerospace Applications
John Bowkett VP, Nu-Cast Inc.
Fri Jan 16, 01-02:30pm, 33-206

Aerospace Communications and Networks
Vicent Chan
Tue Jan 20, 02-03:00pm, 33-206

From the Earth to the Moon
Prof. Richard Battin
The MIT Instrumention Laboratory provided the Guidance and Control Navigation System for all of the Apollo missions to the moon. Come hear from a major participant.
Thu Jan 22, 11am-12:00pm, 33-206

Finding Spectrum for a Satellite-based Personal Communications System
Dr. Raymond Leopold, Visiting Professor, Aeronautics and Ast
Dr. Raymond J. Leopold, one of the three engineers who created the Iridium System, will discuss the challenges and considerations involved in finding spectrum for a new system. His comments will include his experiences at the ITU's World Administrative Radio Conference in Torremolinos, Spain in 1992, and the FCC's Negotiated Public Rulemaking in Washington, DC, in 1993.
Thu Jan 29, 02-03:00pm, 33-206

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Jaroslaw Sobieski NASA Langley Research Center
Fri Jan 30, 01-02:30pm, 33-206

International Space University/NASA Academy Opportunities
Raju Patel
Tue Jan 20, 02-03:30pm, 33-116

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event
Prereq: N/A

The workshop will provide participants the following information:

--spending nine weeks at ISU in Australia building an international, interdisciplinary space network

--how to earn a Master's in Space Studies at ISU's main campus in Strasbourg, France

--the low-down on applying for various NASA summer programs and internships

--NASA Academy opportunities at Goddard Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center.

Contact: Raju Patel, 37-441, x3-4348, rpatel@mit.edu

MIT Rocket Team
Carl Dietrich
Mon Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 06:30-08:30pm, 41-116

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: 4-40 hours/week depending upon participant interest

The MIT Rocket Team is a student group that is designing, building, and testing the technology that will allow us to become the first amateur group to launch a rocket into space. The team is actively developing a turbo-pump fed LOX-kerosene rocket engine, a solid booster launch system, and a virtual presence camera package that will allow the transmission and recording of an "on-board" view from the vehicle as it launches into space. Activities will be ongoing throughout IAP. The first meeting is Monday, January 5, 2004 at 6:30pm.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/cats/www/
Contact: Carl Dietrich, 33-104, chipd@mit.edu

So What Exactly Does the Bottom Line at a Company Mean?
Raju Patel
Tue Jan 27, 02-03:00pm, 31-161

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 20-Jan-2004
Single session event

We will look over an Annual Report and attempt to analyze what it means to you as an engineer, a project manager, department head or CEO of a large company. Issues such as cost of capital stock performance, the role of auditors and directors and management compensation will be examined.
Contact: Raju Patel, 37-441, x3-4248, rpatel@mit.edu

What's in a Map?
Prof. Leon Trilling, Prof. Wesley Harris, Dr. Michael Stiefel
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This activity is co-sponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
Contact: Prof. Leon Trilling, E51-093, x3-7481, trilling@mit.edu

What is a Topographic Map?
Prof. Leon Trilling, Prof. Wesley Harris, Dr. Michael Stiefel
Maps have been used for centuries to help people locate themselves on this earth and to help travelers reach their destinations by providing a picture of the surface of the earth. The participants in this IAP Activity will examine how maps are made, what instruments and reference frames are needed, what distortions are inherent in them, and what symbolic languages are designed to describe selected features of the terrain.
Tue Jan 20, 02-05:00pm, 33-419

Can Social Systems Be Mapped Like Geographic Regions?
Prof. Leon Trilling, Prof. Wesley Harris,Dr. Michael Stiefel
Maps describe relationships - e.g. between places. Can we design similar
graphics to explain how social systems function and thus understand how we might achieve a social or personal objective, for example how to navigate our way through four years at MIT to get an education?
Thu Jan 22, 02-05:00pm, 33-419

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