ASDL provides a comprehensive systems engineering and advanced design methods curriculum that will enable its students to become the future leaders of the aerospace systems industry.

Academic Mission

To forge a highly capable and competitive workforce by providing graduate aerospace engineering education of the highest quality in systems design and analysis, enabling students to reach their full potential and fulfilling the needs of premier industry, government, and academic institutions in a technological world.

Practice-Oriented Master of Science Program

ASDL and the School of Aerospace Engineering are pleased to offer a three-semester Practice-Oriented Master's Degree program in Aerospace Systems Design. Students involved in this program have the chance to apply IPPD methods, technologies, tools, and infrastructures to industry-relevant engineering applications.

In the first semester, students take the classes Advanced Design Methods I (AE6373), Aircraft Design I (AE6343), Applied Design Laboratory (AE 6383) and Introduction to System of Systems Engineering Principles (AE 6393). The second semester builds on the first with Aircraft Design II (AE6344) and System of Systems Engineering Applications (AE 6394). Advanced Design Methods I & II give students the opportunity to directly apply their knowledge in a team environment. Students can tailor the design project to match their interests, skills, and goals by selecting one of three areas in aerospace vehicle systems design: a rotorcraft, a fixed-wing aircraft, or a space launch vehicle. The two-semester systems design sequence focuses on design at the conceptual and preliminary levels.

At the end of the second semester, an industry and government advisory board critically reviews the designs, providing a chance for the students to present to and interact with high-level government and aerospace industry representatives.

In the third semester, students apply the knowledge they have gained to an individual, special project defined with the help of their advisors. Depending on the nature of the study, industry partners may hire students for summer internships. During this program, students also conduct and apply research at ASDL, a leading design research center furnished with a methodology center of excellence, a design simulation facility, applied testbeds, and an IPPD Research and Training Center.

Students must complete a total of 33 credit hours to receive a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE). This includes at least 6 credit hours of approved mathematics/ISYE courses.

Discovery-Focused Doctor of Philosophy Program

ASDL and the School of Aerospace Engineering are also pleased to offer an integrated, discovery-focused doctoral program in aerospace systems design, through which students have an opportunity to conduct state-of-the-art research into this field at the conceptual and preliminary levels.

The cornerstone of this program is a two-semester sequence of aerospace systems design classes, in which students apply classroom knowledge to a vehicle of current industry interest, ultimately creating a preliminary vehicle design. Students are exposed to all aspects of vehicle analysis and design, including aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, and stability & control. Students can select research applications from three areas of vehicle design: rotorcraft, fixed-wing aircraft, and space launch vehicles.

Students must complete a total of 42 credit hours in order to receive the Doctor of Philosophy degree. This includes at least 9 credit hours of approved mathematics/ISYE courses.

At the end of the year, students have an opportunity to interact with industry when they present their design before the External Advisory Board, a panel of industry representatives who review and critique the design.

After completing the design sequence and passing the doctoral qualifying examination, students select a design-related thesis with the help of their advisors. Doctoral candidates have design and disciplinary advisors to provide both breadth and depth to their research.

ASDL Core Courses

ASDL students must be capable of applying the core competencies of the lab. For this reason, students are expected to register for a series of courses that cover the basic methods and techniques used and developed at ASDL. The list below highlights these courses.

Course Title CRN
Optimization for the Design of Engineered Systems AE6310
Aircraft Design I* AE6343
Aircraft Design II* AE6344
Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Design I AE6361
Safety by Design AE6362
Applied Design Laboratory* AE6383
Aerospace Systems Engineering AE6372
Advanced Design Methods I* AE6373
Introduction to System of Systems Engineering Principles* AE6393
System of Systems Engineering Applications* AE6394

* These are courses that you are required to take while at ASDL.
Updated September 23, 2020

Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline

The Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Program is an educational outreach program designed to provide hands-on engineering internships to Atlanta-area high school students. The program is hosted by the Georgia Tech Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, and the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.

For more information, visit STEP.