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@GTL Success!


GTL’s aerospace research lab, ASDL@GTL, successfully completed their final review with the EU Commission’s Clean Sky 2 Program on September 22, 2020 for their collaboration on the OASyS (Overall Air Transport System Vehicle Scenarios) project. The one-year project focused on forecasting future scenarios to inform Clean Sky’s Technology Evaluator- thus enhancing its modelling 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. See the full story here.


David Anvid Joins ASDL

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David Anvid has joined the ASDL research faculty. David is an industry expert with 32+ yrs of experience in the areas of aircraft certification, regulatory policy development (e.g. ETOPS ARAC, TALPA ARC, CAEP/9-10 CO2 Certification Metric, ICAO EFB SARPS ), and airline operational support. David recently retired from Delta Air Lines where he was a performance engineering SME since 2009. Prior to his work at Delta Air Lines, he was the manager of Performance Engineering at Northwest Airlines and ABX Air Inc., respectively, in addition to 5 years of OEM certification experience working for DAC in Long Beach, CA. His industry work has included participation in numerous industry working groups such as the IATA SCAP Task Force, IATA APTF (former Vice Chairman and Chairman), and a founding member of SAPOE (Society of Aircraft Performance and Operations Engineers). In addition, he is an FAA licensed Dispatcher, private pilot and former Flight Analyst DER (Douglas Aircraft Company). He received a BSME from California State University, Long Beach.

ASDL Graduate Received the AIAA Abe Z. Zarem Award

Recent ASDL graduate Nathan Crane has been named one of two recipients of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Abe Z. Zarem Award. Crane, who graduated in 2020 with his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, won the Zarem aeronautics award for “Preliminary Active Subspace Investigation of a Commercial Supersonic Design Space.”

“We at ASDL are all proud of Nathan for his work,” said ASDL director Prof. Dimitri Mavris. “The Zarem award is recognition of his excellence and contributions, and it is well deserved.” The Zarem Graduate Awards for Distinguished Achievement to annually recognize graduate students in aeronautics and astronautics who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their field. See the full AIAA announcement here.

ASDL Welcomes Research Engineer Joshua Brooks

Mr. Joshua Brooks has recently joined ASDL Research Engineer II. Joshua received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. After getting his Master’s degree, he worked for a variety of organizations including GE Oil & Gas as a Technology Development Lead and Pressure Service Business Manager, and the Scientific Technology & Language Institute as a Community Development Engineer. Since 2018, Joshua has been back at ASDL working on his Ph.D. In this time, Joshua has primarily worked on the Smart Campus and Kendeda Building projects while also serving as instructor of record for undergraduate thermodynamics in the School of Mechanical Engineering. Joshua will support the Digital Engineering, Propulsion & Energy, and Advanced Configurations Divisions.

ASDL Director Recognized by AIAA for Service


ASDL Director Dr. Dimitri Mavris has won the 2021 Sustained Service Award bestowed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This award recognizes significant, long-term service and contributions to AIAA. Dr. Mavris has been an AIAA member for 40 years and has served on a number of technical, management, and strategic committees. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for the AIAA student branch at Georgia Tech. Click here to read more.

ASDL Teams Win Prestigious Design Competitions

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A team of ASDL first year graduate students and undergraduate students has placed 1st in AIAA’s 2020 Graduate Team Missile Systems Design Competition for their report titled “Design of Supersonic Aerial Target.” Team members include Sarak Malak, Nathan Simon, Scott Nealon, Rosa Bonilla, Andrej Sulek, Jessica Grimment, Zachary Parham, and Nokilay Tranakiev. The team was advised by Dr. Mavris; Dr. Brad Robertson served as the technical mentor. Along with the recognition, the team will receive a $500 prize and its report will be published on the AIAA website. This competition is organized by the AIAA Missile Systems Technical Committee. ASDL has participated in this competition since 1998.

An ASDL team also placed 2nd for Technical Design Report in the 2020 RoboBoat Competition. The competition organizers noted the team’s efforts and persistence in pushing through the challenges they faced in light of the pandemic. The team members include Rahul Rameshbabu and Anthony Velte. The team was advised by Dr. Mavris; Dr. Michael Steffens served as the technical mentor. This competition is sponsored by RoboNation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a pathway of hands-on educational experiences that empower students to find innovative solutions to global challenges. ASDL has participated in this competition the last few years.

ASDL congratulates both teams and all the students involved for their excellent work!

ASDL Welcomes New Graduate Students


ASDL welcomes the incoming class of graduate students to the lab! We are excited to get to know the new cohort and help them develop skills in the areas of systems engineering and architecting. The class is composed of 30 Master’s students and 16 Ph.D. students. Seven members of the class graduated from Georgia Tech and 14 are coming to us from outside of the United States.

ASDL Makes its Mark on AIAA Events


Once again, ASDL will have a strong presence in the AIAA Propulsion and Energy (P&E) Forum and the AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS) this year. Both events will be held virtually during the week of 24 August 2020 due to the pandemic but that is not keeping ASDLers from sharing the lab’s expertise in the area of propulsion systems and technologies!

Technical papers being presented during P&E include:
• A Scalable Intra-Network Building Heat Exchange Model for District Cooling Systems (Sehwan Oh, Jung-Ho Lewe, Efe Yamac Yarbasi, Joshua Brooks, Scott Duncan, Dimitri Mavris)
• A Coupled Approach to the Design Space Exploration of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Systems (Victor Petitgenet, Christopher Roper, Matthew Krecicki, Andrew Yatsko, Dan Kotlyar, Dimitri Mavris, David Shalat)
• Verification and Measurement of Thrust Vectoring Using Thermal Mapping Techniques (Karl Roush, Mark Shapochka, Andrew Yatsko, Dimitri Mavris)
• Design and Analysis of the Thermal Management System of a Hybrid Turboelectric Regional Jet for the NASA ULI Program (Mingxuan Shi, Mitchell Sanders, Alan Alahmad, Christopher Perullo, Gokcin Cinar, Dimitri Mavris)
• Feasibility Assessments of a Hybrid Turboelectric Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Gokcin Cinar, Alexander Markov, Jonathan Gladin, Elena Garcia, Dimitri Mavris, Soumya Patnaik)
• An Update on Sizing and Performance Analysis of a Hybrid Turboelectric Regional Jet for the NASA ULI Program (Christopher Perullo, Mingxuan Shi, Gokcin Cinar, Alan Alahmad, Mitchell Sanders, Dimitri Mavris, Meyer Benzakein)

In addition, Jimmy Tai will chair the P&E session GTE-02: Cycle Performance and MDAO.

For EATS, members of ASDL’s Propulsion and Energy Division will participate as a chair or panelist for a number of sessions.
• Electrified Flight Development Programs (Moderator: Gokcin Cinar)
• ULI Panel (Panelist: Gokcin Cinar)
• Aircraft Thermal Management Systems (Panelist: Jonathan Gladin)
• Aircraft Concept System Studies and Distributed Propulsion Systems (Co-chair: Gokcin Cinar)
• Aircraft Operations Analysis (Chair: Gokcin Cinar)

For more information about these events, visit the P&E Website and the EATS Website.

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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