AERE463X/563X Introduction to Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO)


This course is offered to graduate students and senior-level undergraduates who wish to learn about engineering design optimization and gain experience solving multidisciplinary design problems using optimization techniques. The course will cover the theoretical foundations and present methods associated with the multidisciplinary design optimization field.

Acknowledgement: This course is established at Iowa State with lecture notes and class materials kindly shared by Prof. William Crossley from Purdue University.

This website contains basic information about the AERE463X/563X class, including contact information for the instructor, the syllabus, and the class schedule.


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We are using Piazza. We'll post most announcements there, not here, so make sure you join. We request that all questions be asked on the forum. Answering all questions in a public place is both efficient and fair for all students. Please email me only if you have a private request, or a question about your specific homework solution.

Lecture time and location

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:40-2:00pm in Howe 1304.


Professor Peng Wei
Tel: (515)294-8215
2333 Howe Hall
Office hours: Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm

Teaching assistants