Dimitri Mavris

Georgia Tech Langley Distinguished Professor

Aerospace Systems Design Lab at (NIA ASDL@NIA)

100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA 23666

Tel: +1(757) 325-6810; Fax: +1(757) 325-6710



  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1984, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, 1985, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, 1988, Georgia Institute of Technology


Dimitri Mavris is the Boeing Professor of Advanced Aerospace Systems Analysis at the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the director of its Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL). Dimitri Mavris received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary areas of research interest include: advanced design methods, aircraft conceptual and preliminary design, air-breathing propulsion design, multi-disciplinary analysis, design and optimization, system of systems, and non-deterministic design theory. Dr. Mavris has actively pursued closer ties between the academic and industrial communities in order to foster research opportunities and tailor the aerospace engineering curriculum towards meeting the future needs of the US aerospace industry. Dr. Mavris has also co-authored with his students in excess of 450 publications. Dr. Mavris has received numerous awards and fellowships during his tenure at Georgia Tech. He is currently Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the National Institute of Aerospace. He was selected as the 1999 Santa Fe Institute Summer fellow. Dr. Mavris is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER award. He has served in several Technical and Program Committees for AIAA and is the US representative to the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) Board. Academically, Dr. Mavris has been awarded Georgia Tech’s prestigious Outstanding Development of Graduate Assistants Award in 1999 and 2004, and in 2000 he received the SAE’s Ralph T. Teetor Educator of the Year Award. He is the director of the Center of Excellence in Robust Systems Design and Optimization under the General Electric University Strategic Alliance (GE USA). And he is currently the lead investigator under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence under the Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER).


Formulation, development and implementation of comprehensive approaches to the design of affordable and high quality complex systems using visual analytics emphasizing:

  • Disciplinary breath and depth while accounting for uncertainty and risk
  • Multi-disciplinary analysis, optimization and design, including requirements definition and analysis
  • Reduction of analysis, design process cycle time
  • Physics based analysis and design of unconventional vehicles
  • System-of-systems, architecture-based systems engineering

Honors and Distinctions

  • Fellow of the AIAA (2009)
  • Bauhaus Luftfahrt Senior Research Fellowship recipient (2008)
  • Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Award for the Development of Graduate Research Assistants (2004 and 1999)
  • Fellow of the National Institute of Aerospace (2004- present)
  • Member of ICAS Executive Committee, 2012 -Present.
  • Faculty Advisor of Georgia Tech’s AIAA Student Chapter, 2012-Present.
  • Ralph T. Teetor Education Award (2000)
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (1997)


Selected Publications

  • BOOK: Dickerson, C.E., Mavris, D.N., Architecture and Principles of Systems Engineering, Complex and Enterprise Systems Engineering Series, Auerbach Publications, 2009.
  • Rallabhandi, S.K., Mavris, D.N., “Aircraft Geometry Design and Optimization for Sonic Boom Reduction”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 44, No.1, pp. 35-47
  • Sriram K Rhallabhandi.; Mavris, DN, “New Computational Procedure for Incorporating Computational Fluid Dynamics into Sonic Boom Prediction.” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 44, No. 6, November-December 2007.
  • Roth, B.A., Mavris D.N., “Method for Propulsion Technology Impact Evaluation via Thermodynamic Work Potential,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 40, No. 1, January-February 2003, pp. 56-61.
  • Dufresne, S., Johnson, C., and Mavris, D.N., “Variable Fidelity Conceptual Design Environment for Revolutionary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle “, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 45, Number 4, pp1405, 2008.
  • Mavris, D. and Griendling, K., “The Relational Oriented Systems Engineering Technology Tradeoff (ROSETTA) Environment”, 6th Annual System of Systems Engineering Conference. June, 2011. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Mavris, D. and Pinon, O.J., “A Systems Engineering Approach to Aircraft Design” in Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, eds R. Blockley and W. Shyy, John Wiley: Chichester. DOI:10.1002/9780470686652.eae597. Published 15th June 2012.