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AAE 550 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Prof. Crossley

Fall 2018

[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 2018 semester, this course is also available to distance students via streaming video or podcast through Purdue Engineering Online..

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). The distribution and collection of lecture notes, 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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:30am-10:20am (Eastern)
WANG 2599

The on-campus class meets in the "large" Engineering Professional Education studio classroom on the second floor of Wang Hall.


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

Office Hours
Tuesday 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

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

Apoorv Maheshwari

ARMS 3175
phone: 765-494-2387
email: amaheshw (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
4pm - 6pm Monday (Eastern Time)  @ ARMS 3109

4pm - 6pm Friday (Eastern Time)     @ ARMS 1028

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.


Meeting number: 646 747 810

Meeting password: AAE550


Please contact graders only with questions about assignments they have graded for you.
Caglar Yilmaz
email: yilmazc (at) purdue.edu

Modified October 17, 2018