A Virtual Academic Career Workshop for
Aerospace Engineering



The Rising Stars in Aerospace workshop aims to increase the participation of people underrepresented among Aerospace Engineering professionals in academia and industry.  It will be hosted virtually by the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) on May 26-28, 2021. The event will be co-sponsored by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford, and the Ann & H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The workshop will take place on three consecutive afternoons (US East Coast Time). There will be a keynote address by Professor Darryll Pines (President and Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland College Park). The panels will include topics such as: the job search/interview process, paths to academia and industry, tenure and promotion, and work-life balance. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research to the attendees during “job talk starts” and poster presentations, gain career skills, engage with mentors, discuss emerging trends in aerospace engineering, and connect with a cohort of their peers.

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must be within 1-2 years of receiving their doctoral degree at the time of the workshop, or must have received their PhD no earlier than 2018, and do not currently hold a faculty position. We expect that approximately 40 participants will be selected based on their academic excellence, interest in a research career in aerospace or related disciplines, and commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage the participation of graduate students and postdocs from communities that have been underserved by academia.