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AAE 550 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Prof. Crossley

Fall 2021

[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 2021 semester, this course is available to on-campus and distance students.  

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. are available from the Brightspace pages for this course (look for Fall 2021 AAE 55000 - Merge). Students must register for AAE550 and have a Purdue career account to access Brightspace.  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 at aae550ta (at) ecn.purdue.edu. Information given in class will supersede information given in these pages. 

Meeting Times and Location

For on-campus students in the AAE 55000 - WNG section of the course (CRN 10082), the class meets:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:30am - 10:20am (Eastern)
WANG 2599

To maintain the ability for contact tracing, students enrolled in the “Purdue West Lafayette distance” section of the course (AAE 55000 – 001, CRN 26473) should not attend the in-person lecture; these students can access the lecture capture content of the course from Brightspace.

For students accessing the lecture capture content of the course, these will generally be available a few hours after the course has been recorded.


Professor William A. Crossley
ARMS 2023
phone: 765-496-2872
e-mail: crossley (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
Wednesday 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (Eastern); these will be virtual via WebEx to allow for a mix of on-campus and distance students at the same time.  The link for this is available from Brightspace.
For on-campus students, I will have an “open door” policy for drop-in visits.  If my office door is open, I am happy to talk with you; if it is closed, I am not able to discuss at that time.  I will admit that, with my responsibilities as Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics, I am not as available for drop-in visits as I would like.
Please email to set up a discussion at different time from office hours, of if you find that the open door does not align with your availability. I may not be able to accomodate all meeting requests.

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).
Suzanne Swaine
e-mail: swaines (at) purdue.edu

Shuting Yang

e-mail: yang1198 (at) purdue.edu

Haodong Du

e-mail: du135 (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
in-person Monday 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Eastern)
location to be determined

virtual times to be determined.  The link for these meetings is available from Brightspace.
These virtual office hours are available to all students enrolled in any section of AAE 550.


Please contact graders only with questions about assignments they have graded for you.
We may add graders to help with the class; information will be included here as needed.

Modified August 19, 2021