The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Derya Aksaray

Derya Aksaray has been a graduate research assistant in Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory since August 2008, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in ASDL. She has completed her M.S. degree with a thesis on developing an autonomous trajectory-following algorithm for a hybrid micro vehicle, namely the Hopping Rotochute. Her current research is about control and design of multi-agent surveillance systems. Her non-technical interests include ballet, music, and travel.


Research Interests

  • Advanced design methodologies, control theory, modeling & simulation, and game theory.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, rotorcrafts and aircrafts.


  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2008, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.


  • D. Aksaray, K. Griendling, and D. Mavris, “UAVs for Law Enforcement: A Case Study for Connectivity and Fuel Management”, AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, Atlanta, GA, US, June 2014.
  • D. Aksaray and D. Mavris, “Maintaining Connectivity for Networked Mobile Systems in the Presence of Agent Loss”, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Boston, MA, US, Aug. 2013.
  • D. Aksaray and D. Mavris, “A Trajectory Tracking Algorithm for a Hopping Rotochute Using Surrogate Models”, American Control Conference, Washington, DC, US, Jun. 2013. (Best Presentation in Session)
  • D. Aksaray and D. Mavris, “Statistical Stability and Control Analysis To Investigate the Control Effort of Improving Handling Quality Characteristics”, 28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences, Brisbane, Australia, Sep. 2012.
  • D. Aksaray, Y. Li, and D. Mavris, “Development and Implementation of a Hybrid Multi-Criteria Decision Making Technique”, 11th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, US, Sep. 2011.
  • D. Mavris, D. Aksaray, S. Dufresne, B. Cole, C. Raczynski, Z. Mian, S. Zarovy, “Micro-Autonomous Systems and Technologies (MAST) Integrated Design, Analysis, and Simulation (MIDAS)”, 5th Ankara International Aerospace Conference, Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 2009.


Aksaray, D., "Autonomous Hopping Rotochute", MS Thesis, March 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Presentation in Session Award, American Control Conference, 2013.
  • Member of the Team awarded Best New Entrant in AHS Helicopter Design Competition, 2008.
  • One of only 25 student participants from across all Europe invited to the EUROAVIA Design Workshop 2007, sponsored by University of Sheffield and Rolls Royce. (Winners were selected based on an academic paper competition.)

Memberships and Service

  • AIAA - Student member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • SIAM - Student member of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics