Prof. Daniel Hastings

As the CEO and Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Professor Hastings spearheads the SMART Centre’s mission. The mission is the undertake world-class research on specific problems of societal significance to Singapore and of interest of MIT.

Professor Hastings earned a PhD and and SM, from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980 and 1978 respectively, and received a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University in England in 1976. He joined the MIT faculty in 1985. With over 30 years of experience in academia, Professor Hastings was MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education from 2006 to 2013, head of the MIT Technology and Policy Program and director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division.

Professor Hastings is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAA), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He has published over 120 papers, written a book on spacecraft environment interactions and won 5 best papers awards. His recent research is focused on Complex Aerospace System Design. His previous work was on spacecraft environment interactions and space propulsion.

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-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