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Aerospace Engineering pres.

AE Chair's Distinguished Seminar: "Future Directions for the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics"

Daniel Hastings, Department Head, MIT

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Daniel Hastings
Department Head, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics has been undertaking a strategic assessment of its directions. This is motivated by three forcing functions. First the creation of the College of Computing at MIT and the vision that computing broadly defined now infuses all of modern engineering. Second, the aerospace enterprise is thriving and has been undergoing a burst of entrepreneurial activity in the past few years. This is driving the democratization of air and space at scales and applications that universities can approach. Third, as the undergraduate population in the nation has become more diverse, aerospace writ large has dramatically lagged behind.

The talk will explore changes in directions to address these forcing functions and position the Department for the future.

About the speaker...
Prof. Daniel Hastings is the Department Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Previously he was the CEO and Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

Professor Hastings earned a PhD and an SM, from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980 and 1978 respectively, and received a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University in England in 1976. He joined the MIT faculty in 1985. With almost 30 years of experience in academia, Professor Hastings was MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education from 2006 to 2013, head of the MIT Technology and Policy Program and director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division.

Professor Hastings was US Air Force Chief Scientist From 1997-1999 and chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2002-2005. He currently serves on the Board of the Aerospace Corporation, the Board of the Draper Corporation and the Advisory Board of MIT Lincoln Lab. He has served on several US National Research Council committees including the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the Government University Industry Interactions Roundtable.

Professor Hastings is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He served on the NASA Advisory Council, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Defense Science Board, the National Science Board and several ad-hoc committees on space technology as well as on Science and Technology management and processes. He has published over 120 papers, written a book on spacecraft environment interactions and won 5 best papers awards. His recent research is focused on Complex Space System Design. His previous work was on spacecraft environment interactions and space propulsion.
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