AeroAstro At MIT & Wind Tunnel Demonstration. Chelsea He, Sameera Ponda , Sunny Wicks Women’s Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (WGA 3 ) Massachusetts Institute of Technology July 17, 2012. Overview. Intro to AeroAstro at MIT Topics in AeroAstro
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Chelsea He, SameeraPonda, Sunny Wicks
Women’s Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (WGA3)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
July 17, 2012
1959: Aeronautical Engineering becomes Aeronautics and Astronautics
1896: Aeronautical engineering begins: Albert Wells builds MIT’s first wind tunnel
1914: MIT establishes the first formal course in Aeronautical Engineering in the U.S.. Hunsaker and Douglas construct MIT’s first Cambridge facility, a wind tunnel, on Vassar Street.
1926: Course XVI created.
1929: Jimmy Doolittle proves feasibility of instrument-guided flight.
1932: Isabel Ebelis the first woman to receive an SB in aero engineering.
1953: Doc Draper flies from Mass. to LA in 1st long-distance inertially-navigated flight.
1961: NASA selects Instrumentation Lab for Apollo guidance, control, and computer systems. Alum-professor Bob Seamans is NASA deputy administrator. Eight years later, alum Buzz Aldrin is 2nd man to walk on the moon.
1964: Sheila Widnall joins AeroAstro faculty as MIT’s first woman professor of engineering.
1988: Daedalus, an AeroAstro student-led project, captures world records for human-powered aircraft.
2000: AeroAstro-US Air Force Middeck Active Control Experiment is the first Space Station experiment requiring crew interaction.
2004: Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO), an educational initiative developed AeroAstro begins begins adoption by universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Today, more than 70 universities throughout the world are part of the MIT co-led CDIO Initiative
2010: AeroAstro-led team designs the D-8 aircraftas quieter, cleaner, 70 percent more fuel-efficient than current airliners.
robotics and controls
"We were stunned by the organization, scale of the experiments shown, and sheer number of staff and students involved. We participated all across the 'tute, the kids almost running between buildings as I read the options ahead. We saw the Army helicopters, water rockets, and all the exhibits in Johnson and the Rockwell Cage. We did materials experiments, were inBuilding 33 and 41for events, saw the ship models and viewed parts of lectures on robotics in Course 2. We loved all the activities in Stata [including] ...the DARPA autonomous vehicle... The flying car, motorized shopping cart, and the students trying to commercialize the Braille label maker were also big winners...
The best part was over dinner, when my kids sat there with paper and penciltrying to invent a different way to make the helium blimps they saw race.”
From an MIT President Susan Hockfield email to the MIT community.
One panel, moderated by Prof. Larry Young and astronaut-professor Jeff Hoffman, included alum-astronauts Buzz Aldrin, TJ Creamer,Terry Hart, Rick Hauck, Mike Massimino, and, via downlink from the ISS, Cady Coleman.
And, one of the biggest hits of the 150 was the greeting to the Institute from Space, which we arranged, featuring alums Mike Fincke, Cady Coleman, and Greg Chamitoff.
Image Credit: NASA (top left, top right), Bill Litant (bottom left, bottom right)