Systems Optimization Lab

Department of Mechanical Engineering | McGill University

Current members


Prof. Michael Kokkolaras Michael Kokkolaras
Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) - Rice University
Diplom (Aerospace Engineering) - Technische Universität München

Dr. Kokkolaras joined McGill in 2012 after spending 12 years at the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor, where he held research faculty appointments at the Assistant, Associate and Full ranks in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (primary) and the UM Transportation Research Institute (joint/courtesy); he was the recipient of the 2008 UM College of Engineering Outstanding Research Scientist Award.
Dr. Kokkolaras is also a faculty member of the McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering (MIAE) and the FRQNT-funded multi-university Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD). Since January 2016, Dr. Kokkolaras is also a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Product and Production Development of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
His research interests include multidisciplinary optimization, simulation-based engineering design, uncertainty quantification, modeling and validation, systems of systems, product families and optimization applications in engineering.
Dr. Kokkolaras has co-authored 50 articles in archival journals, 61 papers in conference proceedings and 5 book chapters and has given more than 50 invited talks at academic, industry and government seminars and workshops. He served as Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design from 2008 to 2014, and is currently Associate Editor of the CSME Transactions and the Optimization and Engineering journal. He is a member of the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee (Design Engineering Division) and Associate Fellow of the AIAA, serving on its Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee.
Francois Cluzel François Cluzel
Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering) - Ecole Centrale Paris
MSc (Industrial Engineering) - Ecole Centrale Paris
MEng (Mechanical Design) - Supmeca Paris

Assistant Professor, Laboratoire Genie Industriel (Department of Industrial Engineering), CentraleSupélec, Université Paris-Saclay, France

Dr. Cluzel's research interests include eco-design, innovation engineering, eco-innovation, industrial ecology, life-cycle assessment, and more generally design automation (modelling, simulation and optimization). He is a member of the Design Society, the International Society for Industrial Ecology, and the French network of eco-design researchers EcoSD.
During his visit at McGill, Dr. Cluzel will investigate the application of optimization models to innovation engineering.

PhD students

Cassio Goncalves Cássio Gonçalves

Cássio's research interest is in product-service system design. He is developing a method to support the decision-making precess related to PSS design alternatives in an aerospace company.
Prior to beginning his PhD studies, Cássio obtained a Masters in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the Aeronautics Insitute of Technology in Brazil, and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sao Paolo. He has extensive experience in Maintainance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in the aerospace industry.
Ibrahim Chamseddine Ibrahim Chamseddine

Ibrahim completed his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut. His doctoral research considers optimal systems-of-systems design with applications in transoprtation and drug delivery.
Ahmed Bayoumy Ahmed Bayoumy

Ahmed completed his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cairo and has significant experience in the building and energy systems industry. His doctoral research topic is on managing multi-fidelity models in multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO).
Lydia Lawand Lydia Lawand

Lydia completed her Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Her doctoral research topic is in the broad area of multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) for repair and remanufacturing of aerospace engine components.
Khalil Alhandawi Khalil Alhandawi

Khalil also completed his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). His doctoral research topic is in the broad area of multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) for repair and remanufacturing of aerospace engine components.

MEng (thesis) students

Ali Tfaily Ali Tfaily

Ali has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University and has significant experience in the aerospace industry. His research considers methodologies for rigorous systems engineering for aircraft design.
Ashutosh Bhujbal Ashutosh Bhujbal

Ashutosh graduated with a degree in in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune and has significant experience in the automotive industry. His research will focus on multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO).

Undergraduate students

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Visiting Graduate Student Trainees

Alexandre Bekhradi Alexandre Bekhradi

Alexandre is in the third, and last, year of his PhD in industrial engineering at CentraleSupélec (Paris, France) in partnership with the Economic Development Department of the City of Paris. His research area is innovation engineering and his work aims at providing optimal technological and marketing roadmaps to innovative firms by rigorously planning their R&D and experimentations activities.
During his visit at McGill, Alexandre will test and validate optimization algorithms in the context of technology-driven start-ups.



Nikos Lagaros Nikos Lagaros
Fall 2013
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Prof. Lagaros spent part of his 2013 sabbatical leave in our lab. His research interest include structural optimization, earthquake engineering, computational mechanics and soft computing.

Postdoctoral fellows

Bastien Talgorn Bastien Talgorn
PhD (Mechanics) - Université Paul Sabatier
MS (Applied Mathematics) - Université Paul Sabatier
MS (Engineering) - INSA Toulouse

Bastien's research focused on linking and coordinating the levels of a multi-level MDO framework, and developing surrogate-assisted techniques for derivative-free blackbox optimization using direct search algorithms.

MEng (thesis) students

Purnendu Prithipaul Purnendu Prithipaul
MEng (thesis), 2015

Purnendu completed his MEng under the co-supervision of Profs. Pasini (also ME) and Kokkolaras. His primary research interest was multidisiplinary design optimization, and his thesis work considered structural and hemodynamic perfromance of vascular stents. Prior to his Masters, Purnendu completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at McGill in 2012.
Gautam Marwaha Gautam Marwaha
M.Eng (thesis), 2014

Gautam completed his McGill graduate degree in 2014, after obtaining a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Panjab University. His research focused on modeling and optimization of systems-of-systems. He developed an airline transportation design model comprising aircraft sizing, route network configuration and aircraft allocation.

Undergraduate students

Benjamin Thomsen Benjamin Thomsen
SURE program, 2014, and undergraduate research assistant, Fall 2014 - Fall 2015

Benjamin supported the lab's research in the PSS area and was also the designer of the lab's website. Ben spent the summer of 2015 as an intern (and SOL representative) at GKN Aerospace Engine Systems in Sweden. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at MIT.
Joseph Carr Joseph Carr
SURE program, 2015
BEng (Mechanical Engineering) - McGill University

Joe is working towards completing his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering here at McGill. His research for the SURE program considered implementation of MDO architectures in NASA's OpenMDAO framework. His SURE poster presentation won an award.
Spencer Boone Spencer Boone
SURE program, 2013
BEng (Mechanical Engineering) - McGill University

Spencer is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research for the SURE program involved a system-of-systems optimization approach to air transportation design.
Karuna Karuna Kadam
Undergraduate research assistant, 2013

Karuna was an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at McGill, and completed her BEng in 2015. Her research interests include systems and system-of-systems optimization for renewable energy applications, and her work considered modeling a house as a system-of-systems to optimize energy efficiency and promote the marketability of integrated renewable energy systems.

Visiting Graduate Student Trainees

Mariia Stefanova Mariia Stefanova
July - September 2015
BEng (Applied Mathematics) - St. Petersburg Polytechnic

Mariia's research during her visit considered the improvement of an interior point algorithm for optimizing the assembly of wings on fuselages.
Robin Tournemenne Robin Tournemenne
May - July 2015
MEng (Mechanical Engineering) - École Centrale de Nantes

The research objective of Robin's visit was to apply rigorous surrogate-assisted derivative-free optimization strategies for optimizing the design of musical instruments, which requires expensive simulations and physical experiments.