All of Georgia Tech's Aerospace Engineering Faculty Are Actively Involved in Research

So are many of our students.

All of our research promotes the impact of aerospace engineering as a science and as a critical component of industry, government, and academia. Below is a list of laboratories associated with the School of Aerospace Engineering and its faculty. This is where much of the work takes place. Each lab brings together multiple graduate students, research engineers, and/or specialized equipment associated with a particular research area. Many of our faculty are also involved in Institute-level collaborative centers, working groups, and labs, listed to the right. To find out more about a particular faculty member's work and research interests, visit their profile in the Faculty-Staff Directory.

The Yang Aero Maker Space (AMS)

Located in the basement of Montgomery Knight building and at the street-level entrance to the Weber SST building, the Yang Aero Maker Space is a collaborative learning and prototyping environment that makes a vast array of equipment available to students and faculty. This lab is not restricted to.or used exclusively by, any particular faculty. It is open to anyone in the Institute community who has received the proper training.

Meet the AMS Faculty Coordinator

Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL)

The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory conducts research in the design of complex aerospace systems and systems of systems.

Aerothermodynamics Research and Technology Laboratory (ARTLAB)

The Aerothermodynamics Research and Technology Laboratory conduct research in computational fluid dynamics for high speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics.

Autonomous Control and Decision Systems Laboratory (ACDS)

This lab works with other labs on autonomy, investigation of the computational principles related to neural organization, computation, function and/or behavior.

Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory

The Combustion Laboratory is a multi-million dollar experimental research facility supporting a broad range of experimental research in combustion process for propulsion and energy conversion.

Center for Advanced Machine Mobility (CAMM)

A multidisciplinary research center consisting of a network of faculty and students engaged in creating new mobile platform technologies and configurations.

Cognitive Engineering Center (CEC)

The Cognitive Engineering Center examines human-system integration in complex work environments from theoretical and methodological viewpoints, in the field and in the laboratory, and make substantive contributions to practice.

Computational Combustion Laboratory (CCL)

The Computational Combustion Laboratory conducts research in computational modeling of combustion processes.

Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory (CSML)

This group conducts research within the broad field of computational mechanics of materials and structures.

Computational and Experimental Rotorcraft Engineering and Aerodynamics Laboratory (CEREAL)

Directed by Prof. Juergen Rauleder, this lab focuses on real-time (GPU) flow field computations and unsteady, time-resolved aero measurements. It is equipped with high-speed Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) systems for optical flow field measurements and concurrent structural deformation measurement using Digital Image Correlation (DIC). Together with 6-DOF force/moment measurements, these systems and techniques are used in our Harper Wind Tunnel with its 7x9-ft test section, and in the two-floor-high Hover Chamber, part of the Indoor Flight Lab (IFL).

Dynamics and Control Systems Laboratory

DCSL provides a stimulating environment for undergraduate and graduate students who want to be involved in control of aerospace and mechanical systems. The lab Director is Prof. Panagiotis Tsiotras. Current projects deal with theoretical and experimental investigation of highly complex, and uncertain aerospace and mechanical systems.

High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory (HPEPL)

The High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory supports a broad range of research in plasmadynamics and electric propulsion for space applications.

Intelligent Robotics and Emergent Automation Lab (IREAL)

The Intelligent Robotics and Emergent Automation Lab at Georgia Tech conducts research at the intersection of vehicle design, dynamic analysis, and control system engineering toward the overall goal of developing and improving actively-controlled robotic systems.


The Lasers and Fluids Group

Headed up by Prof. Adam M. Steinberg, this group develops and uses laser-based (and other optical) measurement techniques to solve fundamental and applied problems of relevance to next-generation propulsion and power systems.


Lunar Lab 

The Lunar Lab studies problems related to perception and navigation for robots and autonomous systems in ground, air, and space applications. The main research areas of the lab include computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, estimation, and probabilistic inference.


Multiphysics Mechanics of Materials (M3) Lab

The M3Lab is focused on the development of continuum mechanics theories, and accompanying numerical tools, for capturing the coupling in these complex systems. We employ a combined theoretical, computational, and experimental effort in characterizing and validating our theories.


Nonlinear Computational Aeroelasticity Lab

Led by Prof. Marilyn J. Smith, the Nonlinear Computational Aeroelasticity Lab focuses on advanced numerical methods and engineering analysis associated with unsteady fluid mechanics. This research has many applications and addresses interdisciplinary problems involving aeroelasticity or fluid-structure interaction.


Reacting Flow & Diagnostic Group

Under the direction of AE professor Wenting Sun, the Reacting Flow & Diagnostic group conducts research on combustion kinetics, flame dynamics, and a variety of laser diagnostic techniques on reaction flow systems.


Space Exploration Analysis Laboratory (SEAL)

The Space Exploration and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL) at Georgia Tech studies how sensor data may be used for spacecraft navigation and space science.


Space Systems Design Laboratory (SSDL)

The Space Systems Design Laboratory conducts research in the design of space launch vehicles and interplanetary spacecraft.


Space Systems Optimization Group

The SSOG focuses on the development of mathematical theories and their application to rigorous space mission analysis, design, and optimization.


Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity Research Laboratory

Led by Prof. Cristina Riso, this laboratory focuses on developing novel computational models and analysis methods to study aeroelastic phenomena in the next generation of aerospace vehicles, focusing on advancing the understanding of new configurations and supporting their design.


Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)

The Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence conducts a wide range of research in rotary wing aircraft technology.