Steven Barrett

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT School of Engineering

Steven Barrett is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and director of the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment; he also leads the MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative.

Steven’s research aims to make aviation cleaner and quieter. He is also interested in reducing pollution from other sectors of the economy. This includes developing low emissions and noise propulsion technologies for aircraft, improving scientific understanding of the atmospheric impacts of aircraft pollution, and evaluating the sustainability of biofuels and electric aircraft. Steven also has research interests in ground vehicle electrification and broader climate change and air pollution topics. His work in these areas spans fundamental technology development through to environmental policy assessment.

“As a child I was always in awe of aircraft and spacecraft, and interested in and passionate about the environment,” Steven said. “I also loved science and making things. I didn’t know at that time it would be possible to have a job that combines all of this, working on sustainable aviation.”

In joining the MCSC Faculty Steering Committee, Steven is looking forward to engaging with thought leaders in some of the most environmentally progressive companies, and combining the talents of MIT with these partners. The MCSC postdoctoral program is also something he believes will add an innovative and impactful dimension to the consortium.