DBF is a team of undergraduate and graduate students that develops aircraft for the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition.

Students gain experience in conceptual design, multidisciplinary optimization, aerodynamic, structural and propulsive analysis, composite layups, CAD software, UAV fabrication and RC flight. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at dbf-exec@mit.edu. For MIT students who are interested in joining us and would like to be on our mailing list for further information on new member trainings and meetings, please fill out this form tinyurl.com/dbfinterest.


Number of Members:
18 members in 2021-2022

Team Leader:
Gabriella Berrey

Year Began:

Sponsors: Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL), MIT Aero/Astro, General Atomics

N52 and the Gelb Lab in Bldg. 33

Past Events:
In the 2018-2019 competition cycle, DBF team placed 7th out of over 100 collegiate teams from around the world with our aircraft B.I.G.B.O.I (aka Dragonfly). In the 2016-2017 competition cycle, our aircraft Puckey Hawk (aka Bumblebee) placed 4th in in an equally competitive environment. This year our aircraft must carry a banner baring our school name and carry simulated passengers and luggage in the form of wooden models and small rectangular prisms of our choice of material.

Join the Team:
Design Build Fly general body meetings are 12-4pm on Saturdays in the Gelb Lab in the basement of Bldg 33. While we have a new member training program the beginning of the year we recommend new members attend, we always welcome new members at our meetings. Each of our sub teams determines separate meeting times throughout the week. There are also weekly exec meetings at 7pm in the Unified Lounge open to everyone but only required for exec members.

Team Update:

We are currently prototyping and testing an aircraft capable of staging and delivering vaccination syringes and vaccine vial packages. In the 2019-2020 competition cycle, our aircraft B.E.A.U placed 6th out of over 100 international collegiate teams. In the 2018-2019 competition cycle, MIT DBF placed 7th in an equally competitive environment with our aircraft B.I.G.B.O.I (aka Dragonfly).

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