Arthur Brown

Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Arthur Brown

Arthur Brown earned his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto in 2016 and his master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 2018 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, he is a PhD student researching practical fixed-wing aircraft with electroaerodynamic (EAD) propulsion. He is leading a NASA project for silent package delivery via the design of an EAD aircraft with multi-stage ducted (MSD) thrusters, for which, along with multi-staged surface-integrated (MSI) thrusters, he has co-authored provisional patents. Future research will focus on urban air mobility, specifically air taxi service using small, vertical-takeoff-and-landing, battery-powered electric (eVTOL) aircraft. He also aims to design airliners with reduced or eliminated environmental impacts, potentially powered by sustainable aviation fuels, hydrogen, and/or electric propulsion. At MIT, he is the co-founder of AeroAfro, in which he advises prospective Black graduate students on application requirements, department culture, and tips for success. In addition, he founded the Diversity, Outreach, Culture team within the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and co-founded the Graduate Student Council's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion committee. His goals as a faculty member include: using projects instead of exams and problem sets; using partially filled slides during lectures; providing multiple means of feedback and sources of help; and connecting content with real-world examples.

Research Interests

Aircraft Clean-sheet Design, Electroaerodynamic Propulsion