New Master's Degree Program in Aero/Astro at MIT

From:         Steven_Hall@mit.edu (Steven R. Hall)
Organization: MIT
Date:         02 Dec 94 02:48:59 
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                        * * * ANNOUNCEMENT * * *

     New Master's Degree Program in Aeronautics and Astronautics
                 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Beginning in September 1995, MIT will introduce a new degree program,
the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Aeronautics and Astronautics.  The
goal of the MEng program is to prepare students for an engineering
career in aerospace system design and development, in a nine month
program.  The MEng program is more structured than the existing Master
of Science (SM) program, which emphasizes research, usually in a single
discipline.  The MEng degree will deepen students' understanding in
several disciplines important to aerospace engineering.  In addition, a
major focus of the program will be a new Aerospace Product Design
subject and a subsequent team design project, leading to a thesis.

The MEng program has been designed to allow matriculation by a graduate
of any accredited aerospace undergraduate program.  Well-prepared
students from non-aerospace undergraduate backgrounds may also apply.
We expect that the MEng will be most advanced degree obtained by most
of the program's graduates, although it will be possible to pursue a
PhD or a more advanced professional master's degree in engineering or
management after the MEng.  Students who intend to pursue a PhD or a
career in research are encouraged to apply for the SM program.  The
major difference between the SM and MEng programs is in emphasis, not
rigor.  Therefore, essentially the same admission standards used for
the DepartmentUs SM program will be applied to MEng applicants.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The MEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics program consists of seven
graduate level subjects, plus a thesis.  In order to encourage both
breadth and depth in several disciplines, students will take subjects
distributed among six disciplines.  The disciplines are:

     Structures and Materials
     Fluid Mechanics
     Propulsion and Energy Conversion
     Control and Estimation
     Humans and Automation
     Avionics

The first three disciplines are associated with the mechanics of
aerospace vehicles.  The last three disciplines are associated with the
information technologies that are increasingly important in aerospace
systems.  MEng students will take five subjects from three of the six
disciplines.  In addition, each student will take an advanced
engineering mathematics subject.

A major focus of the MEng program is the design of aerospace products,
meaning vehicles or vehicle subsystems.  All MEng students will take a
design subject (Aerospace Product Design) in the Fall term.  During the
Spring term, students will form teams, select a faculty advisor, and
begin a design project which will ultimately lead to a thesis for each
student.  The thesis topic may be selected by the student teams, or may
be suggested by faculty, or by companies associated with the program.


ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID 

As noted earlier, MEng applicants will be selected using essentially
the same admission standards as those applying to the SM program. 
Indeed, students may apply for both programs simultaneously  Students
will be asked to indicate a preference between the SM and the MEng, but
the evaluation will be made with regard to admissibility to the
graduate school.  Students with a bachelor's degree from an aerospace
engineering program and a strong undergraduate record are invited to
apply for admission to the MEng program.  Well-prepared students from
non-aerospace undergraduate backgrounds may also apply.

Because of the nature of this program, financial support from MIT in
the form of Departmental Fellowships, Research Assistantships, or
teaching Assistantships will usually not be available to MEng
candidates. Students are encouraged to seek financial aid in the form
of company sponsorship, or NSF, DOD or other fellowships.  Loans are
also available through MIT.  Many students without financial aid will
find that the MEng program is more attractive than the SM program,
since the MEng will generally take only nine months to complete.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

To obtain an application, or to receive more information, contact

     Ms. Elizabeth Zotos
     Graduate Office
     Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
     Room 33-208
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
     Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

     Phone: (617) 253-2260
     E-mail: zotos@mit.edu

or

     Prof. Steven R. Hall
     Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
     Room 33-105
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
     Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

     Phone: (617) 253-0869
     E-mail: Steven_Hall@mit.edu