Students

 

 Sandeep Badrinath

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 sandeepb@mit.edu

Sandeep Badrinath is a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, advised by Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan. Before joining MIT, he received a dual degree (B.Tech. + M.Tech.) in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research broadly focuses on system modeling, design of control and optimization algorithms, with applications to air traffic management.  

 

 Carson Bullock

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 cbullock@mit.edu

Carson Bullock is currently pursing a Master of Science (SM '21) in MIT's Technology and Policy Program, where they primarily study space sustainability and international space policy. They completed their undergraduate education in 2019 at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH, with a degree in Physics and Political Science, after finishing their thesis on normative contestation surrounding orbital debris mitigation. With ICAT, Carson is using geospatial analysis to study economic impacts of aviation noise as a part of ASCENT 003, which includes the first empirical assessment of benefits and disbenefits to businesses under flight paths.  

 

Photo by Tamas Kolos-Lakatos Joao Cavalcanti

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 caval@mit.edu

 

 

 

 Christopher Chin

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 chychin@mit.edu

Christopher Chin is a second-year graduate student with Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan. Before coming to MIT, he studied transportation systems engineering at UC Berkeley and worked for one year at NASA Ames Research Center. His research interests include the efficiency and fairness of unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) protocols and robust crew scheduling. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing soccer, rooting for the Seahawks, and traveling.  

 

 Hongseok Cho

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 hscho85@mit.edu

Hongseok Cho is from South Korea. He received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and came to MIT for graduate school. He received his Master's degree at MIT, focusing on topics in Human Factors. His thesis work involved a systems approach to develop a framework to define safe operating conditions for driving automation systems and to understand how human operators make automation use decisions and its implications on the overall system safety. 

 

 Chris Courtin

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 courtin@mit.edu

Chris Courtin is a PhD candidate at MIT, where his research focuses on how distributed electric propulsion enables the development of super-short takeoff and landing aircraft. His specific focus is on blown lift aerodynamics, flight control, and vehicle configuration. Before coming to MIT, he was a research engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences and is a 2010 graduate of Princeton University.  

 

 Annick Dewald

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 adewald@mit.edu

Annick Dewald grew up in Claremont, California and first came to New England to attend Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. After graduating, she spent a year working for Boeing Research and Technology in St. Louis on the Flight Vehicle Demonstrator Team. Annick came to MIT to start her graduate studies in 2019 and since has been involved in the FAA community noise project and the FAA environmental impact on runway sizing project. Currently Annick's main focus is the Dawn aircraft, a MIT/Harvard collaboration to design and build a HALE platform for in situ climate research. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking or biking and trying to impress her friends with her mediocre cooking skills.  
 

 Karthik Gopalakrishnan

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 karthikg@mit.edu

Karthik Gopalakrishnan is a PhD student in AeroAstro working with Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan. His work involves using optimization methods, control theory, and machine learning to build a robust and efficient air transportation infrastructure. More recently, he is interested in traffic management for unmanned aircraft systems.  

 

 

 Ahmet Esat Hizir

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 aehizir@mit.edu

Esat is a PhD Candidate working with Prof. Cynthia Barnhart. Prior to joining MIT, he had been working in the crew scheduling department of Turkish Airlines for 10 years. In his research, he is trying to develop practical methods that combine machine learning tools and optimization methods to find quick and high quality solutions for airline recovery problems. He has BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering and an MS degree in Air Transport Management.  

 

 Madeline Jansson

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 janssonm@mit.edu

Madeleine Jansson is a second year Master’s student in ICAT. Her research interests include vehicle configuration, mechanism design, and aircraft noise modeling. Outside of academics, she enjoys playing piano and making elaborate PowerPoint diagrams.  

 

 

 Clement Li

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 clementl@mit.edu

Clement Li is a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Prof. John Hansman. His research focuses on automated situation assessment for air transportation, particularly the prediction of aircraft trajectories in uncontrolled settings. Other work includes analysis of noise impacts from terminal area procedures and decision support for cruise optimization.  

 

 Max Zhaoyu Li

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 maxli@mit.edu

Max Li is a PhD candidate advised by Professor Hamsa Balakrishnan. He did his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and mathematics, as well as a master's degree in systems engineering, both at the University of Pennsylvania. Max’s current research interests include the analysis and control of networks and graph signal processing with applications to air transportation networks and other societal-scale systems, as well as geometric and topological data analysis. For more details, please visit his website

 

 Trevor Long

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 longt@mit.edu

Trevor arrived at MIT as a freshman in 2015 from Hockessin, Delaware. Having completed his undergraduate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2019, he decided to move directly into the Master’s program and join ICAT. Trevor is currently involved in two projects: the Super-Short Takeoff and Landing vehicle development investigating blown-lift performance in the wind tunnel and Dawn, the MIT/Harvard collaboration project on an all-electric High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) vehicle for in-atmosphere climate research investigating aero-structural design of large solar-electric aircraft. Avid about all things athletic and nautical, Trevor spent 4 years on the varsity sailing team at MIT and currently rides for the MIT Cycling Team, and competes and trains with the MIT Running Club. His interest in aeronautical research stems primarily from his sailing history of involvement with sailing. 

 

Yanbin Long

MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
longy@mit.edu

Yanbin Long a first-year master student at ICAT. His research interest is primarily on airline revenue management. He is passionate about flying and visiting new places and aims to contribute to the aviation industry through his research.  

 

 

 Tim (Yuxuan) Lu

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 lutim@mit.edu

Tim (Yuxuan) Lu is a Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Peter Belobaba with a primary research focus on airline revenue management. He has been contributing to various research projects under the Passenger Origin Destination SImularor (PODS) consortium. In 2019, he completed his Master's thesis, Impacts of Ancillary Services on Airline Revenue Management, introduced the recent trends of airline ancillary services and studies their impacts on airline revenue management. Currently, his research focus is on airline passenger willingness-to-pay estimations. His secondary research focus is on airline operations research, where he is conducting research, assisting teaching an MIT course, and tabulates MIT's Airline Data Project.  

 

 Ara Mahseredjian

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 aramahs@mit.edu

Ara Mahseredjian is an S.M. candidate at MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation, where he studies the noise impact of delayed-deceleration approaches under Professor John Hansman. He graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2020 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Economics. At USC, Ara was an active member of the AeroDesign Team, serving as Performance Lead from 2018-2019 and Program Manager from 2019-2020. He interned twice at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, working on 777X Flight Deck Displays and Crew Alerting in 2018 and Competitive Analysis and Product Evaluation in 2019. Ara was the recipient of the AIAA Daedalus 88 Scholarship in 2019. He is an instrument-rated pilot. 

 

 Kelly Mathesius

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 kjmath@mit.edu

Kelly is a fourth year PhD student doing research in solid rocket propulsion and additive manufacturing. She is currently developing and characterizing the propulsion system for the kilogram-scale, transonic "Firefly" flight vehicle. In her free time she enjoys baking, hiking, and relaxing with friends.  

 

 

 Rachel Price

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 rprice@mit.edu

Rachel first came to MIT in 2014 as an undergraduate. She graduated with an S.B. in Aerospace Engineering in 2018 and an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2020. Her research interests include autonomy and human factors in aerospace systems. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching baseball.  

 

 

  Sandro Salgueiro

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 sandrosr@mit.edu

Sandro is a PhD candidate specializing in air transportation topics. His current research focuses on investigating methods to allow the air transportation industry to operate more efficiently by taking advantage of the most recent improvements in aircraft navigation performance, air traffic control surveillance, and other aviation technologies. He is a certificated commercial pilot with multi-engine, single-engine and instrument ratings, and has previously worked at Airbus, Gulfstream, Collins Aerospace, and Amazon Prime Air.  

 

 Peter Sharpe

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 pds@mit.edu

Peter Sharpe (website) is a second-year graduate student and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellow researching aircraft design, multidisciplinary design optimization, and applied aerodynamics. Peter’s work explores new optimization frameworks that allow engineers to quickly answer system-level questions that arise during conceptual aircraft design and feasibility studies. With the use of these new frameworks, he is contributing to the development of several aircraft design projects, including Firefly, a rocket-propelled Mach 0.8 micro-UAV; and Dawn, a solar-powered high-altitude-long-endurance airplane. Prior to joining ICAT, Peter received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. When he’s not in the lab, Peter enjoys sailing on the Charles, making music with friends, flying RC airplanes, and serving as a Graduate Resident Advisor in East Campus.  

 

 Bazyli Szymanski

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 bazyli@mit.edu

Bazyli comes from Warsaw, Poland. His Ph.D. research in ICAT focuses on dynamic pricing and optimization in the context of airline revenue management. He is advised by Dr. Peter Belobaba, and sponsored by the PODS consortium. Prior to joining MIT in 2019, Bazyli completed his BS+MS in mathematics at the University of his hometown, specializing in topology, and spent two years working for Star Alliance and LOT Polish Airlines. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time in different means and modes of transportation: while doing so, Bazyli visited more than 77 countries. 

 

 Marek Trávník

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 travnik@mit.edu

Marek Trávník was born in Moravia, Czech Republic, to Slovak parents. He received his BSc in Aerospace engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands, with a minor in Artificial intelligence and data mining from NTU Singapore. Marek’s research interests are in applying machine learning to aerospace related topics and exploring its potential. His non-academic interests include all kinds of sports, cinema, music, board-games, pets and especially travelling.  

 

 Guilherme Venturelli Cavalheiro

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 guivenca@mit.edu

Guilherme is pursuing a PhD under the guidance of Professor John Hansman. He is hoping to combine his experiences in robotics and aeronautics to help pave the way for advanced air mobility. Some topics of interest include machine learning, unconventional aircraft design, autonomous navigation and urban air mobility.  

 

 Kevin Wang

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 kevini@mit.edu

Prior to coming to MIT from Germany, Kevin studied Physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and received his MEng and BA in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2018. At MIT, he represent graduate students on the Committee for Student Life and the Task Force 2021 and Beyond. Kevin also serve as TA for 16.781 Planning & Design of Airport Systems and as officer for the MIT Curling Club  

 

 Kevin Zimmer

 MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 bowserjr@mit.edu

Kevin Zimmer is a student conducting research in the International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT) under the supervision of Professor John Hansman. Throughout his life, Kevin has been fascinated with airports and the many interrelated systems which all come together to make each airport function. When he was just 15 years old, Kevin began working at DFW Airport, and later, he learned how to fly and earned a pilot license. Kevin is very happy to be a part of this group and is thrilled to be doing research in the area of air transportation systems.