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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ASSESS Initiative Announces a Strategic Collaboration with ASDL


ASSESS Initiative recently announced a strategic collaboration with ASDL. This strategic collaboration is focused on fostering broader use of “systems thinking”, systems modeling & simulation and detailed simulation of Sub-Systems to enable a viable path to development and deployment of commercial grade Digital Twin(s). This strategic collaboration will bring together the resources of the ASSESS Initiative and ASDL to significantly increase the use and benefit of Engineering Simulation. Some of the planed activities in this collaboration include:

  • Strong presence of ASDL at the ASSESS 2019 Congress
    • Three attendees including the renowned Dr. Mavris
    • Platinum sponsorship
  • ASSESS Theme Workshops hosted by ASDL
    • Integration of Systems Simulation and detailed Sub-System Simulations
    • Engineering Simulation Digital Twin(s)
  • Other activities to be mutually agreed

ASDL is always looking for collaborators to help advance the state of the art in systems thinking, design of complex systems, and engineering simulation,” said Dr. Dimitri Mavris, S.P. Langley NIA Distinguished Regents Professor and Director of ASDL. “In the ASSESS Initiative, we have found a great partner and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration.

School of Aerospace Engineering Ranked No. 2 in U.S. News Undergrad Rankings


All of Georgia Tech's undergraduate engineering programs are ranked in the top four of their respective disciplines by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Aerospace Engineering was ranked No. 2 and College of Engineering tied for 4th overall among engineering schools. The U.S. News rankings are one indicator of the quality of a program and institution, as stated by the College of Engineering. Click here for more information and the rankings of other engineering fields at Georgia Tech!

ASDL Team Comes 2nd in the AIAA Graduate Team Missile System Design Competition

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently announced that an ASDL team won second prize in the AIAA Graduate Team Missile System Design competition. Ryan Ogilvie, Casey Wilson, Jeffrey Pattison, Rahul Rameshbabu, Andrew Van Zwieten, and William Craver were members of the team that designed SLIM JIM: Strategic Long-Range Intercontinental Missile for Joint Interest in MAD. “AIAA’s Design Competitions are more than winning a prize—they help students solve real-life problems and prepare them to make a difference in the aerospace community,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “On behalf of AIAA, I congratulate them for a job well done!” ASDL director Prof. Dimitri Mavris noted, “Being involved in design competitions like those organized by AIAA is a great learning experience for students. ASDL has a long history of entering teams in this competition—we have participated for 18 years and placed first 16 times. We are proud of our students who participate and are happy to see them get recognized for their efforts.” The SLIM JIM Team is advised by Prof. Mavris and Dr. Bradford Robertson.

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Congratulations to the ASDL Students that Passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations for Fall 2019!


ASDL is proud to announce that the following AE students in our lab have passed the PhD qualifying examinations:

Gabriel Achour
Alexander Braafladt
Joshua Brooks
Domitille Commun
Samantha Corrado
Chloe Downs
Xiaoshu Fei
Michael Herman
Hunter Johnston
Eugene Mangortey
Nate Omoarebun
Barbara Sampaio Felix
Jimmy Tang
Jiajie “Terry” Wen
Wenxin Zhang

Former Graduate Student, Gen. James McConville, Sworn in as Army’s Top Officer


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General James C. McConville took over as the Army’s top officer August 9. He replaces Gen. Mark A. Milley, who was confirmed in July as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. McConville, MSAE '90, was a former graduate student of Prof. Mavris and Prof. Schrage. The program he was in officially became ASDL 2 years after he graduated. McConville praised the professors he studied under in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, especially Daniel Schrage and Dimitri Mavris. “They were great mentors and coaches, and very committed to the development of their students,” he said.

Dr. Mavris and his family were present at the ceremony where Gen. James McConville assumed responsibility as the 40th Army Chief of Staff. “Even when Gen. McConville was a master’s student, we knew he would go far,” said Dr. Mavris, Director of ASDL. “Throughout his distinguished career, he has demonstrated an exemplary level of commitment and service to our country. We are confident he is the best man for the job and that he will excel at leading and preparing the Army for the future.”

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Click here to watch the ceremony shared by the U.S. Army Twitter account.

ASDL Welcomes Incoming Graduate Students


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Next week, 43 students coming from around the world will join the ASDL family. We congratulate and welcome our new family members, and hope to meet them in the ASDL Orientation next week!

Here is a snapshot of the incoming class:

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Click here for a list of incoming students and countries and schools they'll represent!

ASDL Hosts Visiting Master's Student


This past March, ASDL welcomed Yoann Le Lamer, a visiting Master’s student from Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO) in Toulouse. Since then, Yoann has been working with research engineers and students at ASDL. His research has developed methods for finding a shock-free design subspace for boundary layer-ingesting (BLI) aircraft conceptual design. In early design of novel aircraft configurations, high fidelity analyses such as CFD are often required to capture key physics of the concept. A key challenge is the computational cost of such analyses. The research focused on aero-propulsion design of a BLI aircraft with an engine nacelle mounted behind the fuselage. Bayesian adaptive sampling techniques were developed to minimize the use of CFD while finding the boundaries in design space where shock waves appear in the inlet. The research tested whether classification and prediction of shock-free inlets can be used to focus early design to regions of efficient power or fuel consumption.

At the end of his 5-month-long visit, Yoann gave a presentation about his work to ASDL director Dr. Dimitri Mavris as well as students and research faculty in the lab.

"We are very proud of his progress during his time here and we wish to continue our collaboration. We wish him the best of luck with his career!", said Dr. Mavris.

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Dimitri Mavris Named Director of PMASE Program


Prof. Dimitri Mavris, director of ASDL, has been named the Director of Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) program, effective July 1, 2019. PMASE is a two-year program that consists of six core courses on systems engineering fundamentals, modeling and simulation, SysML, and system design. An additional four courses provide a specialization in complex systems. The program’s hybrid format blends face-to-face instruction and online learning, enabling PMASE students to work full time while earning a two-year advanced degree.

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Teaching High School Students Systems Design and Engineering


ASDL is excited to host the 2019 Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Program 10-27 June. STEP will provide a hands-on engineering experience to 16 Atlanta-area high school students, who will work in teams and with ASDL Research Engineers on a challenge problem. During the program, students will be introduced to the design, manufacturing, and testing of a small, electric car. This program will serve as a test-bed for learning about the core systems-engineering principles behind complex systems design, introduce students to the challenges faced with the electrification of modern vehicles, and how this insight can be leveraged to support the design of new electric aircraft in the future.

For more information about the STEP program, visit our STEP page.
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ASDL Hosts Its 27th External Advisory Board Review


ASDL just completed its 27th External Advisory Board (EAB) annual review. The event attracted more than 80 participants from government, industry, and academia and featured presentations from 26 student Grand Challenge teams as well as presentations from select students on competitions, special problems projects, and Master’s thesis. The EAB also included a reception during which student teams presented posters of their projects to sponsors. ASDL wants to congratulate its student teams and thank its sponsors and other supporters.


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