Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2019 1 October 2019

Established in 1993, the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the development and/or application of techniques of multidisciplinary design optimization in the context of aerospace engineering. This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients

2018

  • Dr Evin J Cramer
    Boeing Engineering Operations & Technology
    Awarded
    Award: 2018 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award
    AIAA Citation: 2018 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award

2016

  • Dr Rakesh K Kapania
    Virginia Tech
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant contributions in the MDO of truss-braced aircraft, efficient supersonic air vehicles, and pioneering the MDO of wings with curvilinear Spars and Ribs

2014

  • Dr Robert A Canfield
    Virginia Tech
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering research on design optimization methods leading to structural optimization software, application of MDO to advanced aircraft concepts such as sensorcraft and for leadership in the MDO community.

2012

  • Dr Christina L Bloebaum
    Iowa State University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For seminal MDO research contributions in method development, interactive design and n-dimensional visualization tools and for exceptional leadership and service to the MDO profession

2010

  • Dr Achille Messac
    Howard University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering research in multidisciplinary design optimization including control structure integrated design and physical programming; and for outstanding and visionary leadership in the aerospace community.

2008

  • Prof Ilan M Kroo
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For founding and revolutionary technical contributions to the field of multidisciplinary optimization as well as pioneering and successful efforts in bringing MDO into practical industrial applications.

2006

  • Dr Ramana V Grandhi
    Air Force Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership and enduring contributions to Multidisciplinary Design Optimization including methods adopted in commercial software for adaptive multipoint approximations, uncertainty quantification, and reliability-based design of structures.

2004

  • Dr Prabhat Hajela
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For seminal contributions to the development and adaptation of soft computing methods for multidisciplinary design, and for leadership in promoting MDO education at the national and international levels.

2002

  • Dr Garret N Vanderplaats
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding service to the aerospace community and for distinguished contributions to the vision, theory, and practice of multidisciplinary analysis and design optimization

2000

  • Dr Vipperla B Venkayya
    US Air Force
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the organization and planning of the MA&O Symposium.

1998

  • Dr Raphael T Haftka
    University of Florida
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For voluminous contributions to the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization theory and practice and for educating a cadre of MDO users

1996

  • Dr Jaroslaw Sobieski
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering fundamental research of multidisciplinary design optimization methods and for successfully advocating their acceptance in the Aerospace community

1994

  • Prof Lucien A Schmit
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership and for pioneering the development, teaching and application of multidisciplinary optimization methods for engineering design