From state-of-the-art facilities to a legacy of leadership in analysis and design of complex systems and decision making, the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) has the resources and experience to tackle real world problems for the benefit of its sponsors and its students. Our mission is to formulate, develop, and implement comprehensive approaches to the design of affordable and high-quality complex systems.

The basic aim of current and future research at ASDL is to be educational leader in advanced systems architecting, engineering, design, integration and operations, decision making, digital engineering, data and visual analytics.

ASDL aims to accomplish this by:

  • Training the next generation of highly qualified engineers for academia, industry, and government
  • Developing leading design methods suitable for the design of all types of complex systems
  • Providing a point of global dissemination for cutting-edge research to academia, industry, and government
  • Advocating for research fields critical to the continued maturation of industry

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Congratulations to the ASDL Students that Passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations for Fall 2019!


ASDL is proud to announce that the following AE students in our lab have passed the PhD qualifying examinations:

Gabriel Achour
Alexander Braafladt
Joshua Brooks
Domitille Commun
Samantha Corrado
Chloe Downs
Xiaoshu Fei
Michael Herman
Hunter Johnston
Eugene Mangortey
Nate Omoarebun
Barbara Sampaio Felix
Jimmy Tang
Jiajie “Terry” Wen
Wenxin Zhang

Former Graduate Student, Gen. James McConville, Sworn in as Army’s Top Officer


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General James C. McConville took over as the Army’s top officer August 9. He replaces Gen. Mark A. Milley, who was confirmed in July as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. McConville, MSAE '90, was a former graduate student of Prof. Mavris and Prof. Schrage. The program he was in officially became ASDL 2 years after he graduated. McConville praised the professors he studied under in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, especially Daniel Schrage and Dimitri Mavris. “They were great mentors and coaches, and very committed to the development of their students,” he said.

Dr. Mavris and his family were present at the ceremony where Gen. James McConville assumed responsibility as the 40th Army Chief of Staff. “Even when Gen. McConville was a master’s student, we knew he would go far,” said Dr. Mavris, Director of ASDL. “Throughout his distinguished career, he has demonstrated an exemplary level of commitment and service to our country. We are confident he is the best man for the job and that he will excel at leading and preparing the Army for the future.”

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Click here to watch the ceremony shared by the U.S. Army Twitter account.

ASDL Welcomes Incoming Graduate Students


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Next week, 43 students coming from around the world will join the ASDL family. We congratulate and welcome our new family members, and hope to meet them in the ASDL Orientation next week!

Here is a snapshot of the incoming class:

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Click here for a list of incoming students and countries and schools they'll represent!

ASDL Hosts Visiting Master's Student


This past March, ASDL welcomed Yoann Le Lamer, a visiting Master’s student from Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO) in Toulouse. Since then, Yoann has been working with research engineers and students at ASDL. His research has developed methods for finding a shock-free design subspace for boundary layer-ingesting (BLI) aircraft conceptual design. In early design of novel aircraft configurations, high fidelity analyses such as CFD are often required to capture key physics of the concept. A key challenge is the computational cost of such analyses. The research focused on aero-propulsion design of a BLI aircraft with an engine nacelle mounted behind the fuselage. Bayesian adaptive sampling techniques were developed to minimize the use of CFD while finding the boundaries in design space where shock waves appear in the inlet. The research tested whether classification and prediction of shock-free inlets can be used to focus early design to regions of efficient power or fuel consumption.

At the end of his 5-month-long visit, Yoann gave a presentation about his work to ASDL director Dr. Dimitri Mavris as well as students and research faculty in the lab.

"We are very proud of his progress during his time here and we wish to continue our collaboration. We wish him the best of luck with his career!", said Dr. Mavris.

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Dimitri Mavris Named Director of PMASE Program


Prof. Dimitri Mavris, director of ASDL, has been named the Director of Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) program, effective July 1, 2019. PMASE is a two-year program that consists of six core courses on systems engineering fundamentals, modeling and simulation, SysML, and system design. An additional four courses provide a specialization in complex systems. The program’s hybrid format blends face-to-face instruction and online learning, enabling PMASE students to work full time while earning a two-year advanced degree.

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Teaching High School Students Systems Design and Engineering


ASDL is excited to host the 2019 Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Program 10-27 June. STEP will provide a hands-on engineering experience to 16 Atlanta-area high school students, who will work in teams and with ASDL Research Engineers on a challenge problem. During the program, students will be introduced to the design, manufacturing, and testing of a small, electric car. This program will serve as a test-bed for learning about the core systems-engineering principles behind complex systems design, introduce students to the challenges faced with the electrification of modern vehicles, and how this insight can be leveraged to support the design of new electric aircraft in the future.

For more information about the STEP program, visit our STEP page.
Click here for the 2019 STEP Camp photo gallery


ASDL Hosts Its 27th External Advisory Board Review


ASDL just completed its 27th External Advisory Board (EAB) annual review. The event attracted more than 80 participants from government, industry, and academia and featured presentations from 26 student Grand Challenge teams as well as presentations from select students on competitions, special problems projects, and Master’s thesis. The EAB also included a reception during which student teams presented posters of their projects to sponsors. ASDL wants to congratulate its student teams and thank its sponsors and other supporters.


ASDL Comes 2nd at the AIAA Design Build Fly Competition


GT placed 2nd out of 104 total entries into the competition. Each plane had to fit through a 3 ft by 2 ft entryway and then remotely unfold into at least a 4 ft wingspan. The plane had to fly three missions, each of which involved taking off from a 10 ft ramp. The first was just an empty flight. The second mission had to carry a 1 ft diameter radome that rotated in flight. The third mission had to carry foam footballs and drop one per lap, while completing as many laps as possible in 10 minutes. Congratulations to the team and their advisor, Carl Johnson!

Click here to watch ASDL team's vehicle Buzzformer's flight at the competition!
Click here to read more about the story on GT AE's webpage!

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ASDL visits Delta Airlines


A group of ASDL students and research faculty recently visited Delta Airlines center in Atlanta, GA. The students are participating in a Grand Challenge project and traveled to the center to report on the team’s progress and get feedback from subject matter experts. The team also got a tour of some of the simulator and training facilities at Delta.

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ASDL Comes 1st and 2nd at the SAE East DBF Competition


A group of ASDL students were at the SAE Aero Design East competition in Fort Worth, TX, over March 8-10 participating in the Micro class and Advanced class. The Micro class challenges students to build a hand-launch UAV that can be quickly assembled from a small box along with a bulky PVC pipe payload. The ASDL team won 1st place in the design report and 2nd overall at the competition. The Advanced class is highly complex, requiring students to build an airplane that can drop water bottles and Nerf vortex footballs at a 50 foot radius target from an altitude above 100 feet, while also dropping autonomous gliders carrying ping pong balls that must navigate to the same 50 foot target zone. The ASDL team had the most successful drops at the competition and placed 2nd in design report, 2nd in presentation, and 1st place overall. Congratulations to the students that participated!

Click here to watch ASDL's SAE Aero Design East Micro Class flight!
Click here to watch ASDL's SAE Aero Design East Advanced Class flight!

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