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AFRL-FIU Symposium

Physics of Evolutionary Design
in Aerospace Systems

April 5th, 2019
Room 335, 3rd Floor, MARC Building
Florida International University, Miami, FL


This meeting brings together researchers with the latest ideas on the frontier of aerospace systems design. The objective is to discuss the physics of evolutionary design and future large-scale trends in air vehicle development. The attendees include representatives from AFOSR, AFRL, NASA, NSF, and academia.


Dr. Pezhman Mardanpour
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department
Florida International University

Tel: +1 (305) 348-6103

AFRL Overview

Dr. Jose Camberos
Lead for High-Speed Systems Analysis & Design
Aerospace Systems Directorate, High-Speed Systems Division
U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Adrian Bejan
J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Duke University

Dr. Jaimie Tiley
Program Officer, Multiscale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis Portfolio
U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Dr. Jose Lage
Program Director, Thermal Transport Processes Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Schedule & Agenda


08:30 — 09:00
Registration & networking
09:00 — 09:15
Dean John Volakis & Associate Dean Osama Mohammed, welcome and opening remarks
09:15 — 09:45
Jose Camberos (AFRL): “U.S. Air Force Research Lab | Overview & Collaboration Opportunities”
09:45 — 10:30
Adrian Bejan (Duke University): “Evolution of Air Transport”
10:30 — 10:45
Coffee Break
10:45 — 11:15
Jose Lage (NSF): “An Overview of the NSF Thermal Transport Processes Program and the Role Constructal Research Can Play in It”
11:15 — 11:45
Jordan Charles (Blue Origin): “The Evolution of Airplanes and Rockets – Understanding the Past | Predicting the Future”
11:45 –12:00
Walk to the Faculty Club
12:00 — 01:00
Lunch at the Faculty Club
01:00 — 01:15
Walk to MARC building
01:15 — 01:45
Pezhman Mardanpour (FIU): “Constructal Design of Flying Wing Aircraft”
01:45 — 02:15
Marija Ilic (MIT): “Modeling of  Energy/Power Flow Dynamics for Control in Complex Multi-physics Systems”
02:15 — 02:45
Victoria Coverstone (UM): “Space Mission Design and Technology at the University of Miami”
02:45 — 03:00
Coffee break
03:00 — 03:30
George Dulikravich (FIU): “Multi-objective Design Optimization of Aerodynamics, Materials, and Cooling of Hypersonic Vehicles”
03:30 — 04:00
GeCheng Zha (UM): “A Perspective  ofPhysics-based Aircraft  Design Evolution from Subsonic to Supersonic Speed”
04:00 — 04:30
Sakhrat Khizroev (UM): “Multi-functional Nano Transducers to Understand the Principles of Neuromorphic Computing”

Pricing & Registration

Registration is open to government agencies, faculty, and students

1-Day Pass
(including lunch & refreshments)



1550 SW 109th Avenue
Miami, FL 33199

Room 335, 3rd Floor, MARC Building
Florida International University

Nearby Parking:
Attendees who are driving to the symposium location, but do not have the FIU parking decal can use any of the metered parking spots located in the marked areas on the map.
(1) The open parking area in front of SASC building
(2) The first floor of the Gold Parking
(3) The first floor of the Blue Parking

Nearby Hotels

DoubleTree By Hilton Miami Doral

10250 NW 19th St, Doral, FL 33172
(305) 639-9555

NUVO Suites Hotel

1750 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172
(786) 472-9095

Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall

1695 NW 111th Ave Suite A, Sweetwater, FL 33172
(305) 500-9077