The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Trevor Laughlin

Trevor Laughlin joined ASDL in August of 2009 after completing his undergraduate studies at Iowa State University. He has always been an aviation enthusiast and is a licensed private pilot. Trevor's research interests include uncertainty-based multidisciplinary design methods and design of advanced vehicle configurations.

Research Interests

  • Hybrid Wing Body Passenger Cabin Design and Analysis
    • Revolutionary aircraft designs that radically depart from the conventional tube-and-wing configuration have recently been proposed in order to meet future environmental goals. Traditionally, structural weight estimation during the conceptual design phase is done with the help of historical data which has been generated by a long period of tube-and-wing style construction, but this data is generally not applicable to revolutionary designs such as the Hybrid Wing Body (HWB). This project is focused on structural weight estimation of a HWB using physics-based analysis tools that are integrated into a single environment. In addition, this environment will be used to investigate uncertainty-based multidisciplinary design methods and how their results differ from deterministic techniques.
  • A Systems Engineering Approach for the Reduction of Interference Effects of Wind Turbines to Air Search Radars
    • In some instances, large wind turbines have shown to degrade the performance of air search (primary) radar systems used for defense and civil aviation. Given each stakeholder's mission and the large number of potential solutions, a systems engineering approach was used to develop an interactive decision-making framework for the selection of a solution portfolio. This study was completed as an ASDL Grand Challenge project with guidance from representatives of the FAA, DOD, and DHS.


  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2008, Iowa State University
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, December 2011 (Expected), Georgia Institute of Technology



  • Jung-Ho Lewe, Trevor Laughlin, and Dimitri N. Mavris, "Impacts of Design Characteristics on Market Demand of Vertical Takeoff and Landing Personal Air Vehicles," 10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, 13-15 September 2010, Fort Worth, TX

Awards and Honors

  • NASA GSRP Fellowship, 2010-2011

Memberships and Service

  • AIAA Student Member