MIT Strategic Engineering

Current Students


Abdulaziz Alhassan

Abdulaziz Alhassan

S.M. Candidate, Computation for Design and Optimization (CDO)

B.Sc Computer Science-First Class Honours, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals '13

Research Area: Spatio-temporal modelling and analysis of infrastructure performance under climatic conditions

Contact: alhassan@mit.edu

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Anne Collin

Anne Collin

Ph.D. Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics

S.M. Technology and Policy Program, MIT, '16
MSc Industrial Engineering, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées '16

Research Area: Hybrid neuromorphic sensing

Contact: acollin@mit.edu

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Edoardo F. Colombo

Edoardo F. Colombo

Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, IDSS

S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, '12
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano '10

Research Area: Industry platforms Design, Change Ilities, Open Innovation, Cyber-physical Systems

Ph.D. Thesis Title:"Open Innovation meets changeability: strategic design analyses for cyber-physical industry platforms" (tentative)

S.M. Thesis: "Feasibility study of an active hydraulic secondary suspension for high-speed trains"

Edoardo F. Colombo is affiliated with the Kaemart Group (Politecnico di Milano).

Journal Articles
[2014] Active carbody roll control in railway vehicle using hydraulic actuation (Edoardo F. Colombo, Egidio Di Gialleonardo, Alan Facchinetti, Stefano Bruni), In Control Engineering Practice, 2014. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2015] A simplified mathematical model for two-sided market systems with an intervening engineered platform (Kaushik Sinha, Edoardo F. Colombo, Narek Shougarian, Olivier L. de Weck), In IDETC Conference 2015, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Impact of architecture types and degree of modularity on change propagation indices (Edoardo F. Colombo, Gaetano Cascini, Olivier L. de Weck), In ICED Conference 2015, 2015. [bib]
[2014] Complexity as information content and its implications for systems design (Edoardo F. Colombo, Gaetano Cascini), In DESIGN Conference 2014, 2014. [bib]
[2013] Study of an active hydraulic anti-roll bar device for high-speed railway vehicle (Edoardo F. Colombo, Egidio Di Gialleonardo, Alan Facchinetti, Stefano Bruni), In IAVSD Conference 2013, 2013. [bib]
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Contact: ecolombo@mit.edu

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Alix de Monts

Alix de Monts

M.Sc. Candidate, Technology and Policy

B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, MIT ’14

Research Area: Energy Infrastructure, Power Systems, Optimization

Awards:

Contact: ademonts@mit.edu

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Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher

Ph.D. Student, Engineering Systems

S.M. Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology '12
B.A. Physics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania ’10

Research Area: Water-Energy Nexus, Natural Resource and Water Management, Systems Modeling, Simulation

S.M. Thesis: "Risk Assessment of Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania"

Journal Articles
[2015] Energy Intensity of Water End-Uses (Afreen Siddiqi, Sarah M. Fletcher), In Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, volume 2, 2015. [bib]
Other Reports
[2011] The Future of Natural Gas: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study (Henry D. Jacoby Anthony J. Meggs Robert C. Armstrong Daniel R. Cohn Stephen R. Conners John M. Deutch Qudisa J. Ejaz Joseph S. Hezir Gordon M. Kaufman Melanie A. Kenderdine Francis O'Sullivan Sergey Paltsev John E. Parsons Ignacio Perez-Arriaga John M. Reilly Carolyn Seto Mort D. Webster Yingxia Yang Gregory S. Mcrae Carolyn Ruppel Sarah M. Fletcher John M. Hagerty Orghenerume Kragha Tommy Leung Paul Murphy Anil Rachokonda Karen Tapia-Ahumada Ibrahim Toukan Dogan Ucok Ernest J. Moniz, Yuan Yao'), 2011. [bib]
Theses
[2012] Risk Assessment of Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania (Sarah M. Fletcher), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012. [bib]
[2010] The Clean Development Mechanism: Understanding Disparity in Investment (Sarah M. Fletcher), Bachelor's thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 2010. [bib]
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Awards:

Contact: sfletch@mit.edu

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Veronica Foreman

Veronica Foreman

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

S.M. Candidate, Technology and Policy
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology '14

Research Area: Distributed Spacecraft Systems, Complex System Risk, Satellite Design and Optimization

Journal Articles
[2015] Software in military aviation and drone mishaps: Analysis and recommendations for the investigation process (Veronica L Foreman, Francesca M Favaro, Joseph H Saleh, Christopher W Johnson), In Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier Ltd., 2015. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2014] Software in Military aviation and drone mishaps: analysis and recommendations (Veronica L Foreman, Francesca M Favaro, Joseph H Saleh), In 2014 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, 2014. [bib]
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Awards:

Contact: vforeman@mit.edu

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Marissa Good

Marissa Good

S.M. Candidate Aerospace Engineering, MIT, '17
MBA Candidate, MIT, '17

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, MIT '12

Research Areas: Human Space Exploration, Rocket Propulsion, Novel Propulsion Systems

Awards:

Contact: mgood@mit.edu

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Bastien Gorret

Bastien Gorret

Visiting S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, EPFL, '14

Research Area: Active Space Debris Removal, On-orbit experiments, Space Systems Engineering

Bastien Gorret is also associated with the MIT Space System Laboratory.

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Contact: gorret@mit.edu

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Matthew Moraguez

Matthew Moraguez

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida '16 (summa cum laude)

Research Area: Space Systems, In-Space Manufacturing

Matthew is also associated with the MIT Space Systems Laboratory.

Conference Papers
[2016] Size Characterization Using a Two-Dimensional Approximation for DebriSat Fragments (Matthew T. Moraguez, Norman G. Fitz-Coy), In 67th International Astronautical Congress, 2016. [bib]
[2015] An Imaging System for Automated Characteristic Length Measurement of DebriSat Fragments (Matthew T. Moraguez, Kunal Patankar, Norman Fitz-Coy, J.-C. Liou, Marlon Sorge, Thomas Huyhn, Heather Cowardin, John Opiela, Paula Krisko), In 66th International Astronautical Congress, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] An Imaging System for Hypervelocity Impact Debris Characterization (Matthew T. Moraguez, Kunal Patankar, Norman Fitz-Coy, J.-C. Liou, Heather Cowardin), In 16th Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] An Algorithm for Characteristic Length Measurement from Point Cloud Data (Matthew T. Moraguez), In AIAA Student Conference, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2016] Development of an Imaging System for Automated Size Characterization of Satellite Hypervelocity Impact Debris Fragments (Matthew T. Moraguez), Bachelor's thesis, University of Florida Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2016. [bib]
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Awards:

  • ODGE Diversity Fellowship, MIT, 2016
  • Donald W. Douglas Fellowship, MIT, 2016
  • NSF GRFP Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Four-Year Outstanding Scholar, University of Florida, 2016
  • Anderson Scholar Highest Distinction, University of Florida, 2014

Contact: moraguez@mit.edu

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Andrew C. Owens

Andrew C. Owens

Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’14
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University '12 (cum laude)

Research Area: Maintenance logistics and risk for long-duration space systems and the impact of in-space manufacturing and new support strategies for human missions to Mars

SM Thesis Title: “Quantitative Probabilistic Modeling of Environmental Control and Life Support System Resilience for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight”

Andrew is also associated with the MIT Space Systems Laboratory

Journal Articles
[2013] Single walled carbon nanotube growth and chirality dependence on catalyst composition (Alvin W. Orbaek, Andrew C. Owens, Christopher C. Crouse, Cary Pint, Robert H Hauge, Andrew R. Barron), In Nanoscale, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013. [bib]
[2011] Increasing the Efficiency of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Amplification by Fe-Co Catalysts Through the Optimization of CH4/H2 Partial Pressures (Alvin W. Orbaek, Andrew C. Owens, Andrew R. Barron), In Nano Letters, volume 11, 2011. (doi: 10.1021/nl201315j) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2016] The Threat of Uncertainty -- Why Using Traditional Approaches for Evaluating Spacecraft Reliability are Insufficient for Future Human Mars Missions (Chel Stromgren, Kandyce Goodliff, William Cirillo, Andrew C. Owens), In AIAA Space 2016 Forum and Exposition, 2016. [bib]
[2016] Limitations of Reliability for Long-Endurance Human Spaceflight (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In AIAA Space 2016 Forum and Exposition, 2016. [bib]
[2016] Systems Analysis of In-Space Manufacturing Applications for the International Space Station and the Evolvable Mars Campaign (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In AIAA SPACE 2016 Forum and Exposition, 2016. [bib]
[2016] Increasing the Fidelity of Maintenance Logistics Representation in Breakeven Plots (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2016. [bib]
[2016] Sensitivity Analysis of the Advanced Missions Cost Model (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2016. [bib]
[2015] Automated Risk and Supportability Model Generation for Repairable Systems (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 66th International Astronautical Congress, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Comparison of Spares Logistics Analysis Techniques for Long Duration Human Spaceflight (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck, Bryan Mattfeld, Chel Stromgren, William Cirillo), In 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Benefits of Additive Manufacturing for Human Exploration of Mars (Andrew C. Owens, Sydney Do, Andrew E. Kurtz, Olivier L. de Weck), In 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2015. [bib]
[2014] Use of Semi-Markov Models for Quantitative ECLSS Reliability Analysis: Spares and Buffer Sizing (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 44th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2014. [bib]
Theses
[2014] Quantitative Probabilistic Modeling of Environmental Control and Life Support System Resilience for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight (Andrew C. Owens), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2014. [bib]
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Articles

[2015] The challenge of living on Mars (Andrew C. Owens and Olivier L. de Weck), AeroAstro No. 12, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, September 2015. [link]

Awards:

  • NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Scholarship, 14th Space Generation Congress (2015)
  • NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (2014-Present)
  • Best Poster Award, International Conference on Environmental Systems (2013)
  • ODGE Diversity Fellowship (2013)
  • 1st Place, DARPA Model-Based Amphibious Racing Challenge (2013)
  • Lemelson Minority Engineering Presidential Fellowship (2012)
  • Rice University Outstanding Senior Mechanical Engineering Student Recognition Award (2012)
  • 2nd Place, Shell Eco-Marathon Solar Power Division (2012)
  • 1st Place, Rice Alliance Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition Energy, Sustainability, and Electronic Technologies Category (2011)
  • Rice Engineering Alumni Junior Merit Award (2011)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers South Texas Section Scholarship (2011)
  • Sid Richardson Society of Academic Fellows (2010-2012)
  • National Merit Scholarship (2008-2012)

Contact: acowens@mit.edu

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Barret Schlegelmilch

Barret Schlegelmilch

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

M.B.A. Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

B.S. Astrophysics, UCLA, '11

Research Area: Interplanetary Logistics, Space Systems

Barret Schlegelmilch is also associated with the MIT Man Vehicle Laboratory.

Awards:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2016

Contact: schlegbw@mit.edu

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Narek Shougarian

Narek Shougarian

PhD Candidate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MEng Aeronautical Engineering-First Class Honours, Imperial College London '11

Research Area: Cyber-physical system topology generation and abstraction, tradeoffs between system complexity and performance.

Thesis Title: "A Convex Hull Based Multi-Abstraction Layer Systems Architecting Methodology" (tentative)

Conference Papers
[2015] A simplified mathematical model for two-sided market systems with an intervening engineered platform (Kaushik Sinha, Edoardo F. Colombo, Narek Shougarian, Olivier L. de Weck), In IDETC Conference 2015, 2015. [bib]
[2012] Multistate Analysis and Optimization of a Geared Turbofan Engine Lubrication System (Narek Shougarian, Jeremy Agte, Olivier L. de Weck), In 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2012. (Accepted) [bib]
Other Reports
[2011] META II Complex Systems Design and Analysis (CODA) (Brian T. Murray, Alessandro Pinto, Randy Skelding, Olivier L. de Weck, Haifeng Zhu, Sujit Nair, Narek Shougarian, Kaushik Sinha, Shaunak Bodardikar, Larry Zeidner), United Technologies Corporation, 2011. [bib]
Theses
[2011] Modeling and Time-Domain Simulation of Lubrication Systems for Geared Turbofan Engines (Narek Shougarian), Master's thesis, Imperial College London, 2011. [bib]
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Awards:

  • 2nd Place (Group) NASA RASCAL-RoboOps (2014)
  • 1st Place (Group) DARPA Model-Based Amphibious Racing Challenge (2013)
  • Pratt & Whitney Appreciation Award (2011).
  • Best Computational Project Award, Imperial College London, Department of Aeronautics for final year MEng Project/Thesis (2011)
  • 2nd Prize, Wind Turbine Design Project, Imperial College London, Department of Aeronautics (2009)

Contact: nshoug@mit.edu

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Kailah Snelgrove

Kailah Snelgrove

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology '16

Research Area: Space Systems Architecture, Model Based Systems Engineering

Kailah is also associated with Draper Laboratory.

Journal Articles
[2016] Toward a new spacecraft optimal design lifetime? Impact of marginal cost of durability and reduced launch price (Kailah B. Snelgrove, Joseph Homer Saleh), In Acta Astronautica, volume 127, 2016. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2015] Toward a new spacecraft optimal design lifetime? Impact of marginal cost of durability and reduced launch price (Kailah B. Snelgrove, Joseph Homer Saleh), In 66th International Astronautical Congress, 2015. [bib]
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Awards:

  • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • President's Undergraduate Research Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015
  • John Harrison Burnett Scholarship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015

Contact: kailah@mit.edu

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Alejandro Trujillo

Alejandro Trujillo

S.M Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology '15

Research Area: Space Systems, Space Mission Architecture, In-Space Manufacturing

Awards:

  • Goizueta Scholarship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • Provost Scholarship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • Graduate Institute Fellowship, MIT, 2016

Contact: alextruj@mit.edu

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Anna Turskaya

Anna Turskaya

S.M. Candidate, Technology and Policy Program

MEng Materials Science, University of Oxford '12

Research Area: Inclusive Wealth, Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Systems.

Contact: turskaya@mit.edu

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Parker Vascik

Parker Vascik

PhD Candidate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '16
S.M. Candidate, Technology and Policy, MIT '16

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology '14

Research Area: Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Managment (UTM), On-Demand Mobility (ODM) Aviation, Design for Ilities under Uncertainty, Technology Infusion Analysis

Parker Vascik is also associated with the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) and the MIT International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT)

Conference Papers
[2016] Assessing the Impact of Operational Constraints on the Near-Term Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Supported Market, (Parker D. Vascik, Jaewoo Jung), In 16th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2016. [bib]
[2016] Program and Portfolio Affordability Tradeoffs Under Uncertainty Using Epoch-Era Analysis (Parker D. Vascik, Adam M. Ross, Donna H. Rhodes), In INCOSE International Symposium 2016, 2016. [bib]
[2015] Landscape Analysis Framework for Low Carbon Energy (Parker D. Vascik, Robert A. Pearce, Donna H. Rhodes), In 15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2015. [bib]
[2015] A Method for Exploring Program and Portfolio Affordability Tradeoffs Under Uncertainty Using Epoch Era Analysis: A Case Application for Carrier Strike Group Design (Parker D. Vascik, Adam M. Ross, Donna H. Rhodes), In Twelfth Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, 2015. [bib]
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Awards:

  • INCOSE Brian Mar Best Student Paper Award, 2016
  • MIT Zakhartchenko Fellowship, 2014
  • NASA Graduate Aeronautics Scholar, 2014
  • NASA Undergraduate Aeronautics Scholar, 2012
  • Rolls-Royce Scholar, 2009
  • Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Stamps Leadership Scholar, 2009

Contact: pvascik@mit.edu

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Samuel Wald

Samuel Wald

Ph.D. Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, '15
B.A. Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University '11

Research Area: Evolvable Habitation Architectures for Long-duration Human Exploration Systems

Conference Papers
[2015] Evolvable Mars Campaign Long Duration Habitation Strategies: Architectural Approaches to Enable Human Exploration Missions (Samuel Wald A. Scott Howe Larry Toups Matthew Simon), In AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Advanced Habitation Strategies for Aggressive Mass Reduction (Samuel Wald), In AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, 2015. [bib]
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Awards:

  • NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (2016-Present)

Contact: swald@mit.edu

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