Vanegas Morris 2018
Milken Scholar 2008
Scholar Profile

Morris Vanegas

Aerospace Engineering


Morris graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After working as a Mission Assurance and Astronaut Safety Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies in Los Angeles, he returned to MIT to earn his dual Masters' degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical Engineering and worked in the Man Vehicle Lab within the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. He currently teaches a digital fabrication course called "How To Make (Almost) Anything" at Northeastern University. He is a ScD Candidate at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, an Artist in Residence at RedWorks3D, and the founder and Director of the residential-based TDC Makerspace at MIT.

High school:  California Academy of Math and Science


College Year Degree
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
2012 B.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
2016 M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
2016 M.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
2020 Ph.D. Bioengineering

News and Highlights

Morris Vanegas (MS '08)

Award Winning. Morris Vanegas, MS ’08, was honored with the L.A.’s BEST After School Enrichment Program Distinguished Alumnus award at their annual Family Brunch on June 5th , for his work tutoring elementary school students.

Morris Vanegas (MS '08)

All systems go: Mission Assurance Engineer, Morris Vanegas, MS ‘08, was on the console for SpaceX’s Dragon launch, its second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. He will take a break from the action this fall when he returns to M.I.T. to earn his master’s in Astrophysics / Aeronautics.