Daniel Hastings

Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor; Department Head, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Academic Degrees

B.A., 1976, Oxford University; S.M., 1978, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., 1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

Member, International Academy of Astronautics; National Guard Bureau Eagle Award, 1999; Air Force Distinguished Civilian Award, 1999; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, 1997; International Council on System Engineering Fellow, 2007; National Academy of Engineering, 2017.

Positions Held at MIT

Associate Department Head for Research, 1993-1996; Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993-present; Professor, Engineering Systems, 2000-2015; Director, Technology and Policy Program, 2000 – 2003; Associate Director & Co-Director, Engineering Systems Division, 2000-2004; Director, Engineering Systems Division, 2004-2005; Dean for Undergraduate Education, 2006-2013; Chief Executive Officer and Director Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, 2014-2018, Aeronautics and Astronautics Department Head, 2019-present.

Positions Held outside MIT

Chief Scientist of the Air Force, 1997-1999; NRC Government Industry University Roundtable, 2000-2003; Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, 2000-2009; Chair, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab S&T Advisory Panel, 2001-2010; NASA Advisory Council, 2001-2003; National Science Board, 2002-2008; National Academy of Engineering, Committee of the Engineer 2020, 2001-2006; Board of Trustees of Aerospace Corp, 2000-2009, 2010-present; Member, Draper Board, 2010-present; NRC Air Force Studies Board, 2011-present; AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, 2008-2013.

Specialization and Research Interests

Synergetic interactions between space systems and the space environment, space propulsion, space policy, space systems, spacecraft manufacturing processes, space system architecting

Teaching Interests

Space systems design, space policy, satellite engineering, technology and policy

Advising Philosophy Statement


Administrative Assistant: Fran Maronne