MIT Celebrates 100th Anniversary of AeroAstro Department with Centennial Symposium

Three-day event will include Buzz Aldrin, Elon Musk, Industry Leaders ** Link to live webcast will be available upon request.

October 15, 2014

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Sarah McDonnell
Phone: 617-253-8923
MIT News Office

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Beginning Wednesday, October 22nd, MIT will host a three-day symposium in honor of the 100th anniversary of its Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the oldest university aerospace program in the country. The event, which will take place at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, will bring together AeroAstro alumni and leaders from across the aerospace and aviation industries, including nine Apollo Project astronauts.

The celebration will open with a unique panel discussion featuring nine astronauts who participated in NASA’s Apollo program, including Buzz Aldrin, ScD ’63 and Michael Collins of Apollo 11, which will be moderated by MIT professors Jeff Hoffman and Laurence Young.

The following day will feature a full day of panels, including The Future of Air Transportation with leaders from Pratt & Whitney, Orbitz and Boeing, and Spotlight on Science with MIT Vice President for Research and GRAIL principal investigator, Maria Zuber. Other topics include autonomous aerospace systems, small satellites, and the future of aerospace engineering education.

The symposium will conclude on Friday with a Q&A with MIT alumni who have worked as shuttle and international space station astronauts, followed by a one-on-one discussion with Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of SpaceX and Tesla.

RSVP is required to attend any or all days of the symposium. Please contact A full schedule of events is available here:

WHAT:      MIT AeroAstro at 100

WHO:        Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, Gemini 12 and Apollo 11
                  Elon Musk, CEO Tesla and SpaceX
                  Michael Collins, Astronaut, Gemini 10 and Apollo 11

WHEN:     Wednesday, October 22nd
                  1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
                  Apollo Project Panel  

                  Thursday, October 23rd
                  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
                  Panel discussions

                   Friday, October 24th
                   9:00 am to 1:30 pm
                   MIT Alumni panel
                   Elon Musk (12:30 pm)

(Full schedule:  

WHERE:    Kresge Auditorium
                   32 Amherst Street


Topics: Aeronautical and astronautical engineering, , Aerospace, International Space Station, space, Astronauts, Special events and guest speakers, Space, astronomy and planetary science, Space exploration, Aviation