The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech


ASDL provides a comprehensive systems engineering and advanced design methods curriculum that enables its students to become the future leaders of the aerospace systems industry.

Awards & Honors

ASDL has been named a Center of Excellence (COE) by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the University Research Engineering Technology Institute (URETI) on Aeropropulsion and Power Technology (UAPT) program and by the Federal Aviation Administration for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation as well as the new Air Transportation COE for Alternative Jet fuels and the Environment.

Strategic Vision

In a broad sense, the basic aim of current and future research at ASDL is to be a leader in aerospace systems design. ASDL aims to accomplish this by fulfilling several roles:

Being a leading developer of design methods suitable for the design of all types of complex systems. These complex systems can include airframe and propulsion concepts, torpedoes, missiles, ships, rotorcraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, power generators, etc. Providing a point of dissemination for cutting-edge research to government, academia, and industry; Being a strong advocate of those fields critical to the continued maturation of the industry, such as improved safety, reduced environmental impact, lower acquisition and operating cost, etc Training the next generation of highly-qualified engineers for industry and the government

Mavris and ASDL Team Collaborate on Efficient Wing Design

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A three-year, $875,000 collaboration between Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL), Virginia Tech, General Electric, and Boeing is seeking to reduce future airplane fuel consumption by as much as 60 percent.

Headed up at Georgia Tech by AE’s Dr. Dimitri Mavris, the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) project has recently grabbed the attention of Aviation Week, which published a story on the project Jan. 27.

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Georgia Tech Awarded New FAA Air Transportation Center of Excellence


The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at Georgia Tech has been awarded a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to participate in a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternative jet fuels and the environment.

The FAA will provide the COE with $4 million a year for 10 years in order to support research and development that will launch aviation into a new world of clean energy. The team will focus on the NextGen environmental goals for noise, air quality, climate change and energy.

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ASDL Student, Mauricio Guadamuz, Selected for MAES Virtuoso and LISTA Rising Star Awards


Mr. Mauricio Guadamuz has been selected to receive the 2013 Virtuoso Award by Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) and is the recipient of the 2013 Rising Star Award from the National Association of Latinos in Information and Sciences and Technology (LISTA).

Mr. Guadamuz is currently pursuing his PhD in the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Dimitri Mavris. He is also employed as a Staff Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He received a master's degree from Georgia Tech in 2000 and his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in 1999.

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ARTEMIS Missile Leads ASDL Team to Victory

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A project called ARTEMIS propelled a College of Engineering team to victory in a missile design competition. ARTEMIS (formally known as the Aerial Reconnaissance Tactical Engagement Missile) won this year’s AIAA Missile Systems Technical Committee Missile Design Competition. Seven students and three advisers made up the winning Missile Design Team, which is based in Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL).

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ASDL Team’s Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Design Wins FAA Contest

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With its cutting-edge design for a hybrid-electric aircraft, a team from Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Design Laboratory (ASDL) took first place in the FAA Design Competition for Universities.

The Tech team, advised by aerospace engineering (AE) Professor Dimitri N. Mavris and research engineers Dr. Jimmy Tai and Chris Perullo, tied for first place in the Electric/Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Technology category. Their concept, the NXG-50, reaches toward the FAA’s NextGen 2025 vision, a series of goals to boost safety and efficiency in air traffic.

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ASDL Students Win Dassault Prize in the Student Aerospace Challenge

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At the 50th Paris Airshow, Team Astreos was awarded the Dassault Prize in the 7th Student Aerospace Challenge for its manned suborbital vehicle design. Team Astreos is composed of Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) students Christopher Frank, Jean-Guillaume Durand and their classmates from their home school in France, Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE), Hélène Evain, Clémence Tyl, Flora Mechentel and Antoine Brunet.

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Congratulations to Derya Aksaray, of ASDL, for Winning Best Presentation at the ACC

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Derya Aksaray, an ASDL PhD Candidate, has been awarded Best Presentation in Session for her paper “A Trajectory Tracking Algorithm for a Hopping Rotochute Using Surrogate Models” at the 2013 American Control Conference (ACC).

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AE Students Take First Place in Design-Build Competition

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On March 15-17, 2013 a group of Georgia Tech students were victorious in the micro class of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East competition for the third year in a row. The Aero Design competition challenges students to design, build and fly a remote controlled airplane to meet a set of requirements that change from year-to-year for three different classes: micro, regular and advanced. There were 75 teams at the competition, held in Fort Worth, TX, from throughout the world, including 23 teams in the micro class. The Georgia Tech team competed in both the micro and regular class.

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Congratulations to the ASDL Students that Passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations - Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

(03/20/2013) ASDL is proud to announce that the following students have passed the Ph.D. qualifying exams.

Fall 2012
Cynthia Brown, Imon Chakraborty, Jason Corman, Maryon Dong, Ernesto Estrada, Katherine Gatian, Alek Gavrilovski, Ryan Jacobs, Justin Kizer, Matthew Levine, Henry Schwartz, Huy Tran, Linyu Zhang, Matthew Zwack

Spring 2013
Nelson Andriano, Gregory Busch, Youngjun Choi, John Dykes, Mauricio Guadamuz, Mohammed Hassan, Nathan Knisley, Mario Lee, Tyler Milner, Sanggyu Min, Aaron Mosher, Scott Phelan, David Rancourt

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ASDL Faculty Represents Georgia Tech at PEGASAS Kickoff

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As a core integration member of PEGASAS (Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability), the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation, the Georgia Institute of Technology participated in the kick-off meeting held on November 6-7, 2012 at Purdue University. The Institute is represented by faculty members of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, lead by Prof. Dimitri Mavris, PEGASAS co-director for GT, and a number of ASDL research faculty.

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ASDL Students Move On In International Airbus Competition

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Airbus has selected 100 student teams, out of 600, from across five continents who will continue in the 2013 "Fly Your Ideas" challenge. Among those selected are two teams from the United States, one of which is from the Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, while the other is from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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ASDL Student Selected as DOT FAA COE Outstanding Student of the Year- 2012

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ASDL would like to congratulate one of our own students, Jose Bernardo, for winning the DOT FAA COE Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 2012!

Jose is currently completing a Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) and conducts research for the FAA COE Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) under the direction of Drs. Dimitri Mavris and Michelle Kirby.

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Georgia Tech Core Integration Member of New FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation

(11/9/2012) The Georgia Institute of Technology has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of a multi-university team for the new Center of Excellence (CoE) for General Aviation. The CoE, called Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS), will concentrate research and development efforts on general aviation safety issues including airport technology, propulsion and structures, airworthiness, flight safety, fire safety, human factors, system safety management, and weather.

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Georgia Tech First Place at 2012 SAE Aero Design East competition

(4/29/2012) Georgia Tech took first place out of sixty-nine teams in their division at the 2012 SAE Aero Design East competition in Forsyth County, Georgia, on April 29 th. The team had the lightest flying aircraft out of the twenty-seven entries into the Micro class. The airplane successfully carried over 3.5 times its own weight in payload. After building eleven prototypes with over 100 successful flights before the competition, the team was confident in the reliability and performance of the design even beyond the payloads flown in the competition.

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