Arthur Brown

Research Assistant


My name is Arthur Brown. I come from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science (Aerospace Engineering major) from the University of Toronto in 2016. For my Master’s thesis project here at MIT, I developed a sizing and optimization tool for on-demand, VTOL electric aircraft. In my spare time, I am an avid fisherman; I also enjoy long-distance running, basketball, military history, karaoke, and chess.


I work on electro-aerodynamic propulsion: a novel way of generating thrust using electricity. Instead of using propellers, an electro-aerodynamically powered aircraft uses high voltages to ionize and accelerate the air around it, generating thrust. The proposed system promises zero fossil-fuel emissions. It also has no moving parts, which translates to reduced noise and maintenance costs.


  • Aircraft design
  • Aerodynamics
  • Multidisciplinary optimization