Leifur Leifsson

Leifur Leifsson

2021 - Associate Professor


C.Sc. University of Iceland, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 1999
M.Sc. University of Iceland, Mechanical Engineering, 2000
Ph.D. Virginia Tech, Aerospace Engineering, 2006


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 3229
Office Phone: (765) 494-3311


Computational design of aerospace systems; Multidisciplinary design optimization; Surrogate-based modeling and optimization; Uncertainty quantification; Machine learning; Multifidelity methods

Awards and Major Appointments

NSF Early CAREER Award, NSF/CMMI/EDSE, February 2019
Best Paper Award, ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, 2019
Research Award, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland, March 2014
Best Presentation Award, AIAA Design TOC, AIAA SciTech Conference, January 2014

Research Areas

Dr. Leifsson's research focuses on computational modeling, optimization, and uncertainty quantification of engineered systems with an emphasis on methods for multifidelity modeling and machine learning. Current application areas include aerodynamic shape optimization, aerodynamic flutter, model-based nondestructive evaluation, microwave devices, and food-energy-water nexus.