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AAE 550 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Prof. Crossley

Fall 2019

[Meeting Times and Location]
[Teaching Assistants]

[Homepage] - [Syllabus] - [Schedule]


Welcome to the public website for the AAE55000 "Multidisciplinary Design Optimization in Aerospace Engineering" course. While the course catalog uses AAE55000 as the course number, AAE 550 is the common way to refer to this course.

This course in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University is targeted 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.

For the Fall 2019 semester, this course is available to on-campus and distance students in an asynchronous delivery format.

This public website contains basic information about the AAE550 class, including contact information for the instructor and teaching assistant(s), the syllabus, and the list of topics (found on the schedule page). Access to recorded videos, distribution of handouts to use while watching the corresponding videos, as well as both distirbution and collection of  homework / project assignments, homework solutions, etc. uses Purdue's Blackboard site. Students must register for AAE550 and have a Purdue career account to access Blackboard.  The lecture notes use the Adobe Reader *.pdf format.

The instructor often updates and modifies these pages to meet the needs of the class, so some links might not work exactly as expected. All material needed for class should be available; if you find this is not the case, please e-mail the teaching team. Information given in class will supersede information given in these pages. 

Meeting Times and Location

The Fall 2019 course is an asynchronous, on-line format.  There are no in-person lectures.  You can watch the associated videos at a time convienent for you.


Professor William A. Crossley
ARMS 2029
phone: 765-496-2872
e-mail: crossley (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
Monday 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Eastern)
or "open door" for drop-ins  (if my office door is open, I'm happy to talk with you; if it is closed, I am working)
Please e-mail to arrange an appointment at times other than scheduled office hours, or to  set up WebEx (or other webconference) office hours for distance students.

Teaching Assistants

For assistance with the course, please use aae550ta (at) ecn.purdue.edu to start; this sends your message to the entire teaching team (TAs and instructor).
Takashi Kanno
ARMS 3174
phone: 765-494-5156
e-mail: tkanno (at) purdue.edu

Brandon Sells

ARMS 3174
phone: 765-494-5156
e-mail: bsells (at) purdue.edu

Nithin Kolencherry

ARMS 3174
phone: 765-494-5156
e-mail: nkolench (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
to be announced

For off campus students, we will also have a webex meeting set up during the office hours listed above. To log in to the webex meeting, click on the following link. The webex meeting information is also provided below.

(link not yet available)


Please contact graders only with questions about assignments they have graded for you.
to be announced

Modified August 17, 2019