Barrett, Steven

Steven Barrett
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Finmeccanica Professor of Engineering
Director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment





Focus Areas

Energy Transition, Policy Scenarios, Air Quality & Health


Prof. Barrett is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Finmeccanica Professor of Engineering, and Director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment at the MIT. From 2012-2015 he was Associate Director of the Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) — a 12 university Center of Excellence  sponsored by FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA and Transport Canada, with participants from 50 industry and government organizations. Before joining MIT in 2010 he was on the faculty at Cambridge University, where he helped to setup the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative. He is also part of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, and the SMART Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling

Research Interests:
The main goal of his research is to advance understanding of the environmental impacts of aviation, and to develop technological, fuel-based and regulatory strategies to mitigate these impacts. A current focus is assessing the lifecycle environmental impacts of biofuel production and use in aviation. He also works on other areas related to aerospace, energy and the environment — atmospheric modeling, propulsion, and quantifying the environmental impacts of other sectors of the economy – particularly ground transportation. He has served as an independent expert on green aviation, and on several advisory committees related to aviation and the environment, and emissions mitigation. He currently teaches MIT courses on jet and rocket propulsion and the  environmental impacts of aviation.

Education + Credentials
B.A., 2006, Engineering, University of Cambridge
M.Eng., 2006, Engineering, University of Cambridge
Ph.D., 2009, Engineering, University of Cambridge

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Lan, R., S.D. Eastham, T. Liu, L.K. Norford and S.R.H. Barrett (2022). Nature Communications, 13(6537) (doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-34093-z)
Journal Article
Eastham, S.D., T. Fritz, I. Sanz-Morere, P. Prashanth, F. Allroggen, R.G. Prinn, R.L. Speth and S.R.H. Barrett (2022). Environmental Science: Atmospheres, DOI: 10.1039/d1ea00081k
Journal Article
Dedoussi, I.C., S.D. Eastham, E. Monier and S.R.H. Barrett (2020). Nature, 578, 261–265 (doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-1983-8)
Journal Article
Grobler, C., P.J. Wolfe, K. Dasadhikari, I.C. Dedoussi, F. Allroggen, R.L. Speth, S.D. Eastham, A. Agarwal, M.D. Staples, J. Sabnis and S.R.H. Barrett (2019). Environmental Research Letters, 14, 114031
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Brasseur, G., M. Gupta, B. Anderson, S. Balasubramanian, S. Barrett, D. Duda, G. Fleming, P. Forster, J. Fuglestvedt, A. Gettelman, R. Halthore, S. Jacob, M. Jacobson, A. Khodayari, K. Liou, M. Lund, R. Miake-Lye, P. Minnis, S. Olsen, J. Penner, R. Prinn, U. Schumann, H. Selkirk, A. Sokolov, N. Unger, P. Wolfe, H. Wong, D. Wuebbles, B. Yi, P. Yang and C. Zhou (2016). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(4): 561-583 [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
Jun 08, 2022
Joint Program News | 
Jun 08, 2022
News Brief
Joint Program News | 
Oct 07, 2021
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 16, 2020
News Release
Environmental Solutions Initiative | 
Oct 01, 2020
In The News
New York Times | 
Feb 14, 2020
The Conversation | 
Feb 12, 2020