Complex Systems and Optimization


Focus Areas

  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
    • A field of engineering that uses optimization methods to solve design problems incorporating a number of disciplines.
  • Control Optimization
    • An extension of the calculus of variations, is a mathematical optimization method for deriving control policies.
  • Complex Systems
    • Any system featuring a large number of interacting components whose aggregate activity is nonlinear and typically exhibits hierarchical self-organization under selective pressures.

Associated Faculty

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Christina Bloebaum
Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) for complex aerospace systems.
Visual design steering for trade-space exploration.
Incorporation of decision and game theory for complex design
Ran Dai
Guidance, navigation and control
Nonlinear and optimal control
Networked dynamic systems
Unit commitment and load management of energy systems
Leifur Leifsson
Surrogate-based modeling and optimization
Multidisciplinary design optimization
Aerodynamic shape optimization
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Peng Wei
NextGen air transportation systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Airline operations
Airport operations

Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946