Dr. Kenneth Decker is a Research Engineer within the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is a member of ASDL’s Defense and Space Division. Through his research, Dr. Decker has developed expertise in model-based engineering, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization (MDAO), and reduced order modeling for high-dimensional aerothermodynamic data fields. Dr. Decker is currently leading multiple on-going efforts related to the application of reduced order modeling methods to hypersonic MDAO to enable computationally efficient analysis of advanced hypersonic systems.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Aerospace Engineering, 2021, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA - USA
  • Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, 2016, University Arizona, Tucson, AZ - USA

Journal Papers

  1. K. Decker, N. Iyengar, D. Rajaram, C. Perron and D. Mavris (in press), Manifold Alignment-based Non-intrusive and non-Linear Multi-Fidelity Reduced Order Modeling, AIAA Journal.

Conference Papers

  1. N. Iyengar et. al. Nonlinear Reduced Order Modeling using Domain Decomposition, AIAA Scitech 2022 Forum, 2022. Link to PDF
  2. K. Decker et. al. Nonlinear Multi-Fidelity Reduced Order Modeling Method using Manifold Alignment, AIAA Aviation 2021 Forum, 2021. Link to PDF
  3. K. Decker, H. D. Schwartz. and D. Mavris. Dimensionality Reduction Techniques Applied to the Design of Hypersonic Aerial Systems, AIAA Aviation 2020 Forum, 2020. Link to PDF
  4. K. Decker et. al. Conceptual Feasibility Study for a Magnetic Plane Conecpt, 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2017. Link to PDF


  1. K. Decker, A Reduced Order modeling Methodology for the Multidisciplinary Design Analysis of Hypersonic Aerial Systems, Ph.D. Thesis, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2021.


  • President’s Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology (August 2016 - May 2020)


  • Summa Cum Laude, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona (May 2016)