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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DBF Team Takes Top Prize in SAE Competition

Congrats to the Georgia Tech Design Build Fly Team, which won first place first overall in both the Micro Class and Advanced Class at the recent SAE Aero Design competition.

Design Build Fly is a student organization focused on creating novel remote controlled aircraft to compete in SAE Aero Design and AIAA Design Build Fly competitions. Over the course of the year, the DBF Team designs, analyzes, prototypes, and flies numerous aircraft for a given competition. For more information about the DBF activity, visit Click here to read the full story.

ASDL Instrumental in Kendeda Building Certification

Georgia Tech recently announced that the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design has earned Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. The certification from the International Living Future Institute independently verifies that the Kendeda Building is among the greenest in the world. For more information about this achievement click here.

ASDL had a team of researchers helping ensure that Kendeda would meet certification. For more than two years during the project, our researchers were embedded with the building’s design team, supporting data analysis and scenario modeling throughout construction and the building’s commissioning.

Click here for more about ASDL’s role in this initiative.

ASDL Welcomes New Post-Doctoral Fellow


ASDL would like to welcome aboard a new Post-Doctoral Fellow who recently received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.


Name: Dr. Darshan Sarojini
Division: Advanced Methods
Areas of interest: MDO, Aeroelasticity, Scientific Computing
PhD Topic: Structural Analysis and Optimization of Aircraft Wings Through Dimensional Reduction

ASDL PhD Students Win Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship

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ASDL PhD students Joseph Robinson and Paola Zanella were recently selected as a recipients of the 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Scholarship. Each year, VFF scholarships are awarded to college students demonstrating an interest in pursuing engineering-related careers in vertical flight technology. Each student will receive a monetary award as well as recognition during upcoming Vertical Flight Society events. Congratulations to Joseph and Paola for this well-deserved honor!

For more information about VFF, visit, or the Vertical Flight Society, visit

Congratulations to ASDL’s Isakowitz Fellows!

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ASDLers Madeline Bowne and Sarah Chu have been selected for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program’s Class of 2021. This fellowship is a summer internship and executive mentorship program aimed at inspiring the next generation of commercial spaceflight leaders. Now in its fourth year, the highly selective program awards exceptional college juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing aerospace careers with paid internships at cutting-edge commercial space companies.

Fellows also receive one-on-one mentorship from accomplished members of the space community, including astronauts, engineers, entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and others. Additionally, the program features a memorable summit during which the Fellows learn about space start-ups, network with top industry leaders, and develop entrepreneurial skills. Madeline’s Summer 2021 host company is Made In Space and Sarah’s host company is Analytical Space.

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization honoring the memory of an engineer, entrepreneur, and extraordinary individual whose passion for commercial space exploration led to great strides in the industry and inspired all who knew him. The Program seeks to instill that same enthusiasm into the next generation of commercial spaceflight leaders by providing impactful career training to those who embody Matthew's drive for exploring our universe to help better humankind. Learn more at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn (@mattfellowship).

Recognizing Sustained Service

Congratulations to ASDL Senior Research Engineer and MBSE Branch Chief Dr. Russell Peak for 25 years of service at Georgia Tech. We want to thank Russell for his service and his impactful contributions to Georgia Tech and ASDL.

ASDL Welcomes New Research Faculty


ASDL would like to welcome aboard three new research faculty who all recently received their PhDs in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.


Name: Dr. Jai Ahuja
Division: Advanced Configurations
Areas of interest: Multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, Aerodynamic design and shape optimization, Propulsion airframe integration, Propulsion system design
PhD Topic: A Methodology for Capturing the Aero-Propulsive Coupling Characteristics of Boundary Layer Ingesting Aircraft in Conceptual Design

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Name: Dr. Christian Perron
Division: Advanced Configurations
Areas of interest: Aerodynamics, Surrogate Modeling, Multi-fidelity Methods, Optimization
PhD topic: Multi-fidelity Reduced-order Modeling


Name: Dr. Dushhyanth Rajaram (a.k.a. DR)
Division(s): Digital Engineering, Civil Aviation Research, and Advanced Methods Divisions
Areas of interest: Developing reduced order/surrogate modeling techniques for practical engineering problems and incorporating said models in digital-twins
PhD topic: Methods for Construction of Surrogates for Computationally Expensive High-Dimensional Problems

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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.

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