Lab hosts high school students in engineering outreach program

On Thursday August 9th, the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment hosted high school students from the AeroAstro track of MIT’s MOSTEC Program (MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community) which is administered by the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.  Prior to visiting MIT, each student completed a month long online curriculum created by LAE research specialist Jonathan Gibbs covering aircraft design and alternative aviation fuels.

LAE director Professor Steven Barrett met with the each of the students listened to their presentations on biofuels and answered questions about the lab’s work with alternative fuels. The students also met earlier in the day with program sponsor, AeroAstro Professor and Associate Provost Wesley Harris.  The curriculum was designed to introduce the students to modern themes in aerospace research and to inspire students to pursue engineering majors at university.

The AeroAstro MOSTEC group in summer 2012 with Prof. Steven Barrett. (Photo: Jon Gibbs)