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Daniel E. Hastings SM ’78, PhD ’80

Dean for Undergraduate Education, 2006 - present

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Engineering Systems

Dean for Undergraduate Education, 2006 - present

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Engineering Systems

Daniel E. Hastings SM ’78, PhD ’80
Dean for Undergraduate Education, 2006 – present
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Engineering Systems

Daniel Hastings is the dean for undergraduate education at MIT and a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering systems. He earned a master's degree and a PhD in aeronautics and astronautics after completing his undergraduate education as a math major at Oxford University in 1976. From 1997 to 1999, he served as chief scientist to the US Air Force. Upon his return to MIT, he was associate director, codirector, and then director of MIT's Engineering Systems Division before his current appointment as dean. He serves on the boards of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Draper Laboratory, as well as the Board of Intelligence and Science and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Science and Technology Advisory Panel.

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Overview of the dean for undergraduate education’s leadership responsibilities.
  • Efforts made to strengthen the role of communications at the Institute.
  • Insights from an Englishman on going to MIT for graduate school.
  • Experiences as an assistant professor.
  • Discussion of his cross-departmental graduate work done on fusion energy.
  • Thoughts on being a part of the Space Station Advisory Committee for NASA.

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