Luis E. Alvarez


  • B.Sc. (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2013
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, 2013
  • Currently pursuing a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015 [Advisor: Prof. Steven Barrett]

Fields: Aircraft Performance; Airline Operational Efficiency; Air Transportation Systems; Cosmic Radiation; Environmental Impacts of Aviation

Lab Role: Research Affiliate


I come from Mexico City, Mexico. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Florida with a B.Sc in Aerospace Engineer, and a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering.

Before coming to MIT, I worked as a Software Engineer, analyzing and testing the TCAS 7.1 developed by Honeywell. I simulated DO-185B testing scenarios in an acoustic chamber to test proper messeging procedures from the TCAS system.

I completed my Masters of Science at MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics program. During my Masters my research  focused on the cosmic radiation experienced by commercial airline passengers and crew from 2000 to 2013. The research involved the integration of a radiation propagation model within a global aircraft performance model. This was the first global simulation of cosmic radiation experienced by passengers and crew taking into account the solar cycle, altitude, aircraft specific parameters.

I currently work as a research assistant at the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment focusing on operations research, flight trajectory optimization, marketability, contrail mitigation strategies, and Airline system efficiency.


“Nanosatellite Deployable Mechanism and its Application in Space Telescope Deployment,” Alvarez, L., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Honors Thesis, 2013 (Advisor: Dr. Gloria Wiens)

“Millimetre-wave and near-infrared signposts of massive molecular clump evolution and star cluster formation,” Barnes, P.J., Ryder, S.D., O’Dougherty, S.N., Alvarez, L.E., Delgado-Navarro, A.S., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 432 (3), 2231-2246, 2013. DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt607