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 Welcomes Our Fall 2022 Incoming Class!

Oluwalonigba Akinola
Niharika Akula
Aditya Arra
Mert Atasoy
Egemen Aydin
Kunal Bavikar
Yassine Ben Zineb
William Boswell
Alberto Cardenas Melgar
Guillermo Castro Martinez
Chetan Chandra
Hugues Chardin
Andrew Clapp
Justin Coleman
Christian Coletti
Krutik Desai
John Evans
Ricardo Freire da Silva
Savri Gandhi
Neri Ganzarski
Anna Gulan
Claire Harding
Sylvester Iro
Hensley Jared
Jaya Kambhampaty
Mohammad Rajil Karbelkar
Alexander Kehler
Fan Lok Kong
Matthew Kuczajda
Srinivasan Kumanan
Noe Lepez Da Silva Duarte
Carnell Lyon
Antoine Marin
Nitya Maruthuvakudi Venkatram
Sonal Mehta
Anushka Sameer Moharir
Daniel Moore
Samuel Moore
Mitchell Mu
Ngefor Ndifor
Emmanuella Okonkwo
Akshiti Parashar
Mohammad Kaif Pathan
Tavish Pattanayak
Swapnil Phatak
Arvindh Prasad
Neel Puri
Emily Ragauss
Aparna Ravi
Ananth Reddy
Steven Rhodes
Grant Schlichting
Ariel Shaver
Shraddha Sheshadri
Matthew Shubert
Sijian Tan
Lloyd Teta
Bhargavi Thakar
Bezayit Urgessa
Jacob Webb
Heying Zhang

ASDL PhD Student Selected for Fellowships

ASDL PhD student Christopher Roper was recently selected for two fellowships. He has received a fellowship from the Atlanta Chapter of Advancing Science in America (ARCS) Fellowship as well as the PhD GEM Fellowship, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Congratulations to the ASDL Students that Passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations for Fall 2021!


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

Fahraan A Badruddin

Matthew L Gilmartin

Joao Henrique A De Azevedo

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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