Research Structure

ASDL research is divided in seven divisions: Advanced Concepts, Advanced Methods, Civil Aviation, Defense and Space, Digital Engineering, Propulsion and Energy, and Transformative Aviation Concepts. Each division includes sub-research areas organized into branches.

Digital Engineering

Division Chief: Dr. Olivia Pinon

The mission of the Digital Engineering division is to support the development of the next generation of digital models and ecosystems by closely aligning the physical and digital worlds. The division is supported by five Research Engineers: Dr. Olivia Pinon, Dr. Scott Duncan, Dr. WoongJe Sung, Dr. Michael Balchanos and Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe.

Research Themes include, but are not limited to:

Living Habitats and Smart Cities
Digital Twins
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Data & Visualization Analytics

Advanced Concepts

Division Chief: Dr. Simon Briceno

The Advanced Concepts Division performs research on cutting-edge vehicle design for the next generation of aircraft. This includes novel and revolutionary concepts for aircraft, manufacturing and design for manufacturing, advanced experimental methods, and rotorcraft technology.

Branches of the Advanced Concepts Division:

Manufacturing Systems & Process Design
Lead: Dr. Olivia Pinon
Virtual Prototyping
Lead: Dr. Simon Briceno
Rotary & Fixed Wing Systems Design
Lead: Dr. Kyle Collins
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design
Aircraft Certification, Operations, & Safety
Lead: Dr. Simon Briceno
Autonomy & Robotics
Lead: Dr. Daniel Cooksey
Aircraft Certification, Operations, & Safety
Lead: Dr. Simon Briceno
Design, Build, Fly
Lead: Mr. Carl Johnson
Micro-Autonomous Systems of Systems
Lead: Dr. Simon Briceno

Advanced Systems Engineering

Division Chief: Dr. Elena Garcia

The Advanced Systems Engineering Division leads research to develop state-of-the-art design and systems engineering methodologies. These methods aim to leverage cutting-edge technologies to push the envelope and advance the ability to aid engineering design, analysis, trade-studies, and decision making at all levels, from the system of systems level to the technology and component level. This division researches and formulates methodologies, which are developed from a fundamental research level to full implementation on a broad range of real-world applications for sponsored research. In addition, the Advanced Systems Engineering Division maintains a database of existing methods and tools both internal and external to ASDL. Close collaboration with the other divisions is a driving philosophy in all research activities. This facilitates the ability to identify cross-division needs and broadens the implementation of new methods and techniques.

Branches of the Advanced Systems Engineering and Methods Division:

Systems Design, Modeling, and Visualization
Lead: Dr. Woong Je Sung
Strategic Planning, Operations Research, and Technology Analysis
Model Based Systems Engineering
Lead: Dr. Russell Peak
Requirements Exploration
Lead: Dr. Brad Robertson
Optimization, Analytics and Decision Science
Lead: Dr. Matt Daskilewicz

Civil Aviation

Division Chief: Dr. Michelle Kirby

The Civil Aviation Division explores a wide variety of research areas in the civil aviation sector, including environmentally-conscious aviation (particularly relating to noise and emissions), the operations and design of the national airspace and air transportation infrastructure, and the economics of air transportation. The division has several key partnerships with industry and government, including the FAA and NASA, and also collaborates with other top-tier engineering universities.

Branches of the Civil Aviation Division:

Environmental & Policy Programs
Lead: Dr. Michelle Kirby
Air Transportation SoS
Lead: Dr. Jens Holger Pfaender
Air Transportation Economics
Lead: Dr. Dongwook Lim
Air Vehicle Configuration & Performance
Lead:Dr. Michelle Kirby

Defense and Space

Division Chief: Stephen Edwards

The Defense and Space Division explores topics related to military operations and systems across all branches of the military both within the United States and internationally. Key partnerships with ONR, AFRL, NAVSEA, the Canadian Navy, and the Italian Navy inspire a broad range of research topics from missile research to naval system of systems and operations research.

Branches of the Defense and Space Division:

Airborne Systems
Naval Systems
Space Systems
Lead: Mr. Stephen Edwards
Ground Systems

Propulsion and Energy

Division Chief: Dr. Jonathan Gladin
Chief Engineer: Mr. Russell Denney

The Propulsion and Energy Division in involved in research relating to all aspects of propulsion systems and alternative energy concepts. This includes air breathing and rocket propulsion for aerospace systems and alternative energy concepts and smart technologies for the future electric smart grid. Research is enabled by a plethora of industry and government partnerships, including Pratt and Whitney, GE, Rolls Royce, the FAA, NASA, the DoD (AFRL), and Delta.

Branches of the Propulsion and Energy Division:

Aerothermo-mechanical Design
Lead: Mr. Andrew Yatsko
Power Generation Systems
Lead: Mr. Chris Perullo
Subsystems and Aero-power
Lead: Dr. Gokcin Cinar
Rocket-based Propulsion
Lead: Dr. Bradford Robertson