People

Principal Investigator

Joaquim R. R. A. Martins is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he heads the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory (MDO Lab) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. His research involves the development and application of MDO methodologies to the design of aircraft configurations, with a focus on high-fidelity simulations that take advantage of high-performance parallel computing.

He has served as Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, and Optimization and Engineering. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Aircraft, and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.

Research Faculty

Post-Doctoral Fellows

PhD Students

Post-Doc Alumni

Graeme Kennedy

(also PhD alumnus)

Gaetan Kenway

(also PhD alumnus)

John Hwang

(also PhD alumnus)

Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego

Mohamed Amine Bouhlel

Raphael Gross

Ruben Perez

Current position: Associate Professor, Royal Military College of Canada

Turaj Ashuri

Current position: Assistant Professor, Arkansas Tech University

PhD Alumni

Justin Gray

“Design Optimization of a Boundary Layer Ingestion Propulsor Using a Coupled Aeropropulsive Model”, University of Michigan, October 2018

Current position: Engineer, OpenMDAO Project Team Leader, NASA Glenn Research Center

Ney Secco

“Component-based Aerodynamic Shape Optimization using Overset Meshes”, University of Michigan, July 2018

Current position: Assistant Professor, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, Brazil

Timothy Brooks

“Design Optimization of Flexible Aircraft Wings Using Tow-Steered Composites”, University of Michigan, May 2018

Current position: R&D Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences

David Burdette

“High-Fidelity Aerostructural Design Optimization of Transport Aircraft with Continuous Morphing Trailing Edge Technology”, University of Michigan, Sep 2017

Current position: Engineer, Pratt & Whitney

Nitin Garg

“High-Fidelity Hydrostructural Design Optimization of Lifting Surfaces” (co advised with Prof. Julie Young), University of Michigan, May 2017

Current position: Research Associate, Imperial College London, UK

Rhea Liem

“Multimission Fuel-Burn Minimization in Aircraft Design: A Surrogate-Modeling Approach”, University of Toronto, May 2015

Current position: Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Andrew Lambe

“Matrix-Free Methods for Multidisciplinary Design Optimization”, University of Toronto, May 2015

Current position: Senior Software Engineer at Sightline Innovation Inc.

Zhoujie (Peter) Lyu

“High-Fidelity Aerodynamic Design Optimization of Aircraft Configurations”, University of Michigan, Dec 2014

Current position: Solutions Architect at Rescale—Cloud HPC for Engineers and Scientists

John Hwang

“A modular approach to the large-scale design optimization of aerospace systems”, University of Michigan, Dec 2014

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

Nansi Xue

“Design and Optimization of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric-Vehicle Applications”, University of Michigan, Dec 2013

Current position: Aerospace engineer, Zee Aero.

Wenbo Du

“Multi-Scale Modeling, Surrogate-Based Analysis, and Optimization of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Vehicle Applications” (co-advised with Prof. Wei Shyy), University of Michigan, July 2013

Current position: Application Engineer at Siemens PLM Software

Gaetan Kenway

“A Scalable Parallel Approach for Multi-Point High-Fidelity Aerostructural Optimization of Aircraft Configurations”, University of Toronto, Feb 2013

Current position: Research Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

Graeme Kennedy

“Aerostructural Analysis and Design Optimization of Composite Aircraft”, University of Toronto, Aug 2012

Current position: Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sohrab Haghighat

“Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of A Highly Flexible Aeroservoelastic Wing” (co-advised with Prof. Hugh Liu), University of Toronto, Apr 2012

Current position: Co-Founder & CEO, SpaceRyde

Kai James

“Aerostructural Shape and Topology Optimization of Aircraft Wings”, University of Toronto, Apr 2012

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois.

Charles Mader

“Stability-Constrained Aerodynamic Shape Optimization with Applications to Flying Wings”, University of Toronto, Feb 2012

Current position: Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan

Alan Yu

“A Configurable B-Spline Parameterization Method for Structural Optimization of Wing Boxes”, University of Toronto, Dec 2008

Current position: Senior Model Risk Specialist, BMO Financial Group

Masters Alumni

Tristan Dhert

“High-fidelity aerodynamic shape optimization of wind turbine blades” (TUDelft Masters thesis), University of Michigan

Current position: Assistant Portfolio Manager Legal & General Investment Management, London, UK

Sander van den Broek

“Towards High-Fidelity Aeroelastic Analysis of Wind Turbines” (TUDelft Masters thesis), University of Michigan, May 2014

Current position: Researcher at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Jason Kao

May 2014

Current position: Research Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory

Cody Paige

“Extension of the ADjoint approach to a laminar Navier-Stokes solver”, University of Toronto, Nov 2012

Current position: Projects Engineer, Bombardier Aerospace

Fredyanto Koko

“Aerostructural and Trajectory Optimization of Morphing Wingtip Devices” (TUDelft Masters thesis), University of Michigan, Aug 2011

Current position: Structural Optimisation R&T at Airbus, UK

Edmund Lee

“Structural Topology Optimization with Design Dependent Loads”, University of Toronto, Aug 2011

Current position: Engineer at Bombardier Aerospace

Quinn Thomson

“Automatic Implementation or Response-Surface-Based MDO Algorithms”, University of Toronto, Aug 2009

Current position: iOS Guild Lead at Robots and Pencils

Peter Jansen

“Aerostructural Optimization of Nonplanar Lifting Surfaces”, University of Toronto, Aug 2009

Current position: Research Associate abnd Lecturer at Royal Military College of Canada

Ryan Henderson

“Aircraft Conceptual Design Optimization with Emissions Minimization”, University of Toronto, Aug 2009

Current position: Operational Analysis at NAV CANADA

Scott Moon

“Wing Aerostructural Optimization with Aeroelastic Constraints”, University of Toronto, May 2009

Current position: Systems Engineer, Payload and AIT Engineer at Moltek Consultants Ltd, Netherlands

Christopher Marriage

“Automatic Implementation of MDO Algorithms”, University of Toronto, Aug 2008

Current position: Digital Strategy Manager at Accenture, Chicago

Ian Chittick

“A New Subspace Optimization Method for Aero-structural Design”, University of Toronto, Aug 2007

Charles Mader

“ADjoint: An Approach for the Rapid Development of Discrete Adjoint Solvers”, University of Toronto, Aug 2007

Current position: Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan

Nathan Tedford

“Comparison of MDO Architectures within a Universal Framework”, University of Toronto, Aug 2006

Current position: Cooper Engineering Services Ltd

Nicholas Poon

“Adaptive Constraint Aggregation for Design Optimization Using Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis”, University of Toronto, Aug 2005

Current position: Assistant Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Praveen Thokala

“Airfoil Shape Optimization Using Variable-Complexity Methods”, University of Toronto, Aug 2005

Current position: Health Economic Modeller, University of Sheffield, UK