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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ASDL Welcomes Back Research Engineer Greg Busch

We would like to welcome back Mr. Greg Busch back to the ASDL research family. Greg is coming back to us as an RE II focused on aeroacoustics and vehicle design. He will be part of the Advanced Configurations Division but contributing to projects across our divisions. Currently, he is supporting five FAA ASCENT projects all with aeroacoustics elements ranging from supersonics to boundary layer ingestion.

ASDL Student Wins the William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award

Through its annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents awards to graduate students doing excellent research in the air and space sciences. This scholarship was sponsored by the AIAA General Aviation Systems Technical Committee in honor of William T. Piper Sr (1881-1970), who founded Piper Aircraft Corporation. This year, ASDL PhD Student and Senior Graduate Researcher Mayank Bendarkar received this prestigious award. Mayank's research focuses on incorporating certification, safety, and reliability considerations for novel aircraft concepts in conceptual and preliminary design. We congratulate our student in his great achievement!

Georgia Tech Team Places Second in AIAA Design/Build/Fly


The Georgia Tech team has placed second in the 24th annual AIAA/Textron Aviation/Raytheon Missile Systems Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition. Originally scheduled to host a live fly-off 16–19 April in Wichita, Kansas, the full DBF competition was canceled to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. While the fly-off portion of the competition was canceled, the formal report portion did continue. DBF received 143 proposals and selected 113 to compete. Of the 113 teams selected, 101 submitted a formal report. The formal reports are scored for design as well as manufacturing and testing plans. The 2019–2020 winners are:

· First Place: University of Southern California

· Second Place: Georgia Institute of Technology

· Third Place: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Given these results, the Georgia Tech team would have been placed well to compete for first if there had been an actual fly-off. Click here to read the full story.

ASDL External Advisory Board Meeting Goes Virtual


ASDL successfully conducted its 28th External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting virtually from 21 to 23 April. Despite having to cancel the face-to-face meeting, ASDL decided to open up the review of the Grand Challenge projects via WebEx to an external audience to allow student teams the opportunity to present their work to sponsors and other interested stakeholders. The virtual EAB meeting featured 27 Grand Challenge projects, 14 focused on a system of systems topic and 13 on a vehicle topic. There was strong participation from sponsors, who had the chance to provide feedback and ask questions for the student teams after they presented their work. Click here for more information.

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Strategic Partnership between ASDL and Front End Analytics


ASDL has entered into a strategic partnership with Front End Analytics. ASDL and Front End Analytics will leverage their respective capabilities in digital twins, system design & simulation, advanced engineering methods, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to develop advanced predictive solutions to improve companies’ products, operations, and customer experiences. Click here to see the full announcement.

ASDL's Manuel Diaz Receives the Martin L. Drews Memorial Scholarship


Manuel "Manny" Diaz, a graduate research assistant in the Aerospace Systems Design Lab, has been selected to receive the 2020 Martin L. Drews Memorial Scholarship by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). The $500 supplemental scholarship is awarded annually to an exemplary full-time graduate student from one of the NIA's partner universities.This is the second time in 3 years that Mr. Diaz has been selected for the scholarship. Diaz is physically situated at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia, where he can more easily consult with experts from NASA Langley.

Click here to read the full story on School of Aerospace Engineering's website.

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ASDL's "RoboSub" Featured on Georgia Tech's Website


Georgia Tech's College of Engineering shared a video of the RoboSub, an autonomous submarine developed by the Georgia Tech Marine Robotics which operates out of the Aerospace Systems Design Lab. The team works on three separate autonomous watercraft projects that operate beneath and on the surface of the water, namely the RoboBoat, RoboSub, and RobotX. All three vehicles compete in competitions that require the autonomous vehicles to complete complex tasks without a human at the helm. The team secured a podium spot every year from 2016 to 2018. They have also won awards for the RobotX and RoboSub divisions, and the prize money helps them to improve their boat every year.

Click here to read more about the Georgia Tech Marine Robotics team and watch the video on College of Engineering's website.

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ASDL 's Grand Challenge Team Honored by Georgia Tech Police for Making Campus Safer


An initiative that has engaged the Aerospace Systems Design Lab in the cause of campus safety for the last 2+ years was publicly recognized March 11 during the Georgia Police Department's Annual Awards Ceremony.

Receiving the 2019 Student Partnership Award were the faculty, researchers, and students of ASDL's Grand Challenge Initiative, who have worked with the GTPD to better coordinate and execute public safety efforts on campus. The award annually acknowledges a Georgia Tech student or student group that has gone above and beyond the normal responsibilities to support the mission of the Georgia Tech Police Department.

"The students in the ASDL have brought our work up to a whole new level," said GTPD's Physical Security Specialist Jeffery T. Hunnicutt. "By the end of this year, we are going to have a drone to help us with safety surveillance, so we'll be able to reduce the amount of time it takes to put eyes on the scene of an emergency. The drone will also be able to help us maintain greater situational awareness of traffic problems."

Click here to read the full story on AE's website.

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ASDL Design-Build-Fly Team Takes Home Top Honors at SAE Competition


For the sixth year running, the student engineers from the AE School's Aerospace Systems Design Lab took home top awards for their entries into the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East, held in Lakeland Florida, March 6-8.

The two unmanned aerial vehicles they spent months building - Buzz PipeYear and Columbuzz - each received the Best Overall and the Best Mission Performance awards for their respective categories (Micro and Advanced Class vehicles). They each also placed second in the Design Report category.

"We are proud of the students that participated in this competition. This is a great experience and it is rewarding to see them recognized for their efforts.” said Dr. Dimitri Mavris, Director of ASDL.

Click here to read the full story on AE's website.

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ASDL Team Presents Work on OASyS to International Audience


A contingent of Aerospace Systems Design Lab faculty from Georgia Tech-Lorraine (ASDL@GTL) traveled to Bordeaux, France late last month to attend the 2020 Aerospace Europe Conference and present their work on OASyS, an EU-funded project that supports the Clean Sky 2 program. Their presentation was part of an initiative of the Aircraft Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium, which was held in conjunction with the AEC.


The Overall Air Transport System Vehicle Scenarios (OASyS) project focuses on forecasting future scenarios to inform Clean Sky’s Technology Evaluator -- thus enhancing its modeling capability to estimate the impacts of potential scenarios that include advanced configurations like urban air mobility vehicles and supersonic transport aircraft within the global fleet. ASDL@GTL was awarded the project through its involvement in the Unité Mixte Internationale, a research partnership created in 2006 by Georgia Tech and France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and currently housed at the Lorraine campus. .

Heading up the team was Prof. Dimitri Mavris, AE lecturer Turab Zaidi, and ASDL graduate students Colby Weit, Jiajie (Terry) Wen, Akshay Anand, and Madhukar Mayakonda. The team also presented its first paper in support of the OASyS, “A Methodology for Supersonic Commercial Market Estimation and Environmental Impact Evaluation (Part I).”

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