Lawrence Wong

EducationLawrence Wong

  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor: Prof. Steven Barrett)

Fields: Environmental Impacts of Aviation; Aircraft Design Optimization

Lab Role: Research Assistant


I was born in California but have spent most of my life in various locations around the world. As a frequent flyer, I developed a passion to further enhance the aviation industry. Through my undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, I had the opportunity to assist in research concerning air traffic management, and helped develop innovative landing procedures. Through co-op rotations and internships, I also worked in the various aspects of the industry; namely, design and manufacturing (Gulfstream Aerospace, Bell Helicopter), regulatory (FAA), and operations (Southwest Airlines). In my graduate research at MIT, I hope to contribute towards the quantification of climate impact of aviation and the capability to design the next generation of aircraft with an optimization on their environmental impact. This effort will provide a new perspective in evaluating aircraft design and add to the sustainability of the aviation industry.


Publications and Presentations

“Climate Impact of Aviation NOX Emissions: Radiative Forcing, Temperature and Temporal Heterogeneity,” Wong, L., S.M. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014.