Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aeronautics and Astronautics Department Page

Professors, students, and researchers come to MIT from all corners of the globe to explore their passion for air and space travel and to advance the technologies and vehicles that make such travel possible.

We build on our long tradition of scholarship and research to develop and implement reliable, safe, economically feasible, and environmentally responsible air and space travel.

Our industry contributions and collaborations are extensive. We have graduated more astronauts than any other private institution in the world. Nearly one-third of our current research collaborations are with MIT faculty in other departments, and approximately one-half are with non-MIT colleagues in professional practice, government agencies, and other universities. We work closely with scientists and scholars at NASA, Boeing, the U.S. Air Force, Stanford University, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Our educational programs are organized around three overlapping areas:

Aerospace information engineering
Focuses on real-time, safety-critical systems with humans-in-the-loop. Core disciplines include autonomy, software, communications, networks, controls, and human-machine and human-software interaction.

Aerospace systems engineering
Explores the central processes in the creation, implementation, and operation of complex socio-technical engineering systems. Core disciplines include system architecture and engineering, simulation and modeling, safety and risk management, policy, economics, and organizational behavior.

Aerospace vehicles engineering
Addresses the engineering of air and space vehicles, their propulsion systems, and their subsystems. Core disciplines include fluid and solid mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, combustion, controls, computation, design, and simulation.

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics links

Visit the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics home page at:
http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/www/

Review the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics curriculum at:
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/resources/curriculum/index.htm#16

Learn more about MIT Engineering:
http://engineering.mit.edu/


Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 16.00Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and DesignSpring 2003
 16.01Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IVFall 2005
 16.02Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IVFall 2005
 16.03Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IVFall 2005
 16.04Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IVFall 2005
 16.050Thermal EnergyFall 2002
 16.06Principles of Automatic ControlFall 2003
 16.07DynamicsFall 2004
 16.100AerodynamicsFall 2005
 16.20Structural MechanicsFall 2002
 16.21Techniques for Structural Analysis and DesignSpring 2005
 16.30Estimation and Control of Aerospace SystemsSpring 2004
 16.36Communication Systems EngineeringSpring 2003
 16.410Principles of Autonomy and Decision MakingFall 2005
 16.413Principles of Autonomy and Decision MakingFall 2005
 16.61Aerospace DynamicsSpring 2003
 16.621Experimental Projects ISpring 2003
 16.622Experimental Projects IIFall 2003
 16.652Inventions and PatentsFall 2005
 16.653Management in EngineeringFall 2004
NEW
16.660Introduction to Lean Six Sigma MethodsJanuary (IAP) 2008
 16.682Prototyping AvionicsSpring 2006
 16.810Engineering Design and Rapid PrototypingJanuary (IAP) 2005
 16.810Engineering Design and Rapid PrototypingJanuary (IAP) 2007
 16.812The Aerospace IndustrySpring 2004
 16.83XSpace Systems EngineeringSpring 2002
NEW
16.853Introduction to Lean Six Sigma MethodsJanuary (IAP) 2008
 16.901Computational Methods in Aerospace EngineeringSpring 2005
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 16.120Compressible FlowSpring 2003
 16.13Aerodynamics of Viscous FluidsFall 2003
 16.225Computational Mechanics of MaterialsFall 2003
 16.230JPlates and ShellsSpring 2007
 16.31Feedback Control SystemsFall 2007
 16.322Stochastic Estimation and ControlFall 2004
 16.323Principles of Optimal ControlSpring 2008
 16.333Aircraft Stability and ControlFall 2004
 16.337JDynamics of Nonlinear SystemsFall 2003
NEW
16.346AstrodynamicsFall 2008
 16.355JSoftware Engineering ConceptsFall 2005
 16.358JSystem SafetySpring 2005
 16.37JData Communication NetworksFall 2002
 16.394JInfinite Random Matrix TheoryFall 2004
 16.399Random Matrix Theory and Its ApplicationsSpring 2004
 16.410Principles of Autonomy and Decision MakingFall 2005
 16.412JCognitive RoboticsSpring 2005
 16.413Principles of Autonomy and Decision MakingFall 2005
 16.422Human Supervisory Control of Automated SystemsSpring 2004
 16.423JAerospace Biomedical and Life Support EngineeringSpring 2006
 16.456JBiomedical Signal and Image ProcessingSpring 2007
 16.512Rocket PropulsionFall 2005
 16.522Space PropulsionSpring 2004
 16.540Internal Flows in TurbomachinesSpring 2006
NEW
16.660Introduction to Lean Six Sigma MethodsJanuary (IAP) 2008
 16.72Air Traffic ControlFall 2006
 16.75JAirline ManagementSpring 2006
 16.76JLogistical and Transportation Planning MethodsFall 2004
 16.76JLogistical and Transportation Planning MethodsFall 2006
 16.77JAirline Schedule PlanningSpring 2003
 16.851Satellite EngineeringFall 2003
 16.852JIntegrating the Lean EnterpriseFall 2005
NEW
16.853Introduction to Lean Six Sigma MethodsJanuary (IAP) 2008
 16.861Engineering Systems Analysis for DesignFall 2008
 16.862Engineering Risk-Benefit AnalysisSpring 2007
 16.863JSystem SafetySpring 2005
 16.881Robust System DesignSummer 1998
 16.885JAircraft Systems EngineeringFall 2004
 16.885JAircraft Systems EngineeringFall 2005
 16.886Air Transportation Systems ArchitectingSpring 2004
 16.888Multidisciplinary System Design OptimizationSpring 2004
 16.891JSpace Policy SeminarSpring 2003
 16.892JSpace System Architecture and DesignFall 2004
 16.895JEngineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex SystemSpring 2007
 16.89JSpace Systems EngineeringSpring 2007
 16.910JIntroduction to Numerical Simulation (SMA 5211)Fall 2003
 16.920JNumerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (SMA 5212)Spring 2003
 16.940JComputational GeometrySpring 2003
 16.985JProseminar in ManufacturingFall 2005
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