Systems Optimization Lab

Department of Mechanical Engineering | McGill University

Current members


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

Dr. Kokkolaras is Professor, and the founding director of the Systems Optimization Laboratory, at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Kokkolaras joined McGill from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (UM), where he held research faculty appointments at the Department of Mechanical Engineering (primary) and the UM Transportation Research Institute (joint/courtesy).
Dr. Kokkolaras is a full member of the FRQNT-funded multi-university Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) and Visiting Professor at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science (Division of Product Development) of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering (LGI) of CentraleSupélec / Université Paris-Saclay in France.
His research interests include multidisciplinary optimization, simulation-based engineering design, uncertainty quantification, modeling and validation, systems of systems, product families and optimization applications in transportation, energy, and healthcare engineering systems.
Dr. Kokkolaras is an ASME Fellow, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA (serving on its Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee), and elected member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society. He has served as Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Springer), Optimization and Engineering (Springer), and the Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering; he is currently serving as Publications Chair of the ASME Design Engineering Division and as Associate Editor of Aerospace (MDPI).
Finally, Dr. Kokkolaras has previously served as Chair of the Design Automation Executive Committee of the ASME Design Engineering Division, Program and Conference Chair of the ASME Design Automation Conference, and Program Co-Chair of the International Conference on Engineering Design.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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PhD students

Melad Fahed Melad Fahed

Melad has a Bachelor and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). He has industry experience in finite element analysis, parametric optimization, and additive manufacturing. His PhD research focuses on multidisciplinary design optimization.
Ali Tfaily Ali Tfaily

Ali received his MEng (thesis) degree as a member of our lab and is now pursuing a PhD. He has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University and has significant experience in the aerospace industry. His PhD research focuses on AI applications in aeronautical enginnering, specifically in aircraft design.
Shourav Ahmed Shourav Ahmed (main supervisor: Prof. V. Thomson)

Shourav's PhD research considers the aircraft design process from a project management and supply chain persepective. It aims at minimizing non-value adding tasks as well as optimizing review and certification procedures.

MSc (former MEng-thesis) students

Reem Mahmoud Reem Mahmoud

Reem has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The American University in Cairo. During her studies, she was involved in research and the topic of her undergraduate thesis was optimizing the energy supply of UAVs used in agricultural precision.
Josh Chang Josh Chang

Josh completed his BEng in Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University. During his undergraduate research, he worked on trajectory optimization of solar and dynamic soaring remotely piloted aircraft systems.
Ali Tarabay Ali Tarabay

Ali has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University. He has experience working with aircraft design and certification focusing on flight simulation and performance.

MEng students

Aravind Kumar Parthasarathy Aravind Kumar Parthasarathy

Aravind completed his BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Anna University in India. His MEng project focuses on Parameter Free Optimization in Aerodynamic Design.
Vraj Patel Vraj Patel

Vraj is a student in the Department of Chemical Engineering; his MEng project focuses on the application of artificial intelligence in engineering design optimization.

BEng students

Mathieu Salz Mathieu Salz

Mathieu is completing his BEng in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Artificial Intelligence. He has previous research experience in the SURE program exploring the use of physics-informed neural networks to solve partial differential equations.

Former members

Postdoctoral fellows

Khalil Alhandawi Khalil Alhandawi

Khalil obtained his PhD in our lab in December 2020. He also has a Bachelor and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). His postdoctoral research focuses on using optimization and machine learning for health engineering.
Emmanuel Bigeon Emmanuel Bigeon (co-supervised with Prof. Varro)

Emmanuel completed his PhD at ETS in December 2019. He also has a Diploma in Informatics and Applied Mathematics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electrotechnique, d’Electronique, d’Informatique, d’Hydraulique et de Télécommunications (ENSEEIHT) in France. His postdoctoral research focused on developing advanced computational platforms for multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO).
Ahmed Bayoumy Ahmed Bayoumy

Ahmed completed his PhD studies in our lab in December 2019 and stayed as a postdoc for 4 more months before joining Siemens Digital Industries Software where he will be contributing his optimization experience to the development of the HEEDS software.
Bastien Talgorn Bastien Talgorn

Bastien has a PhD in Mechanics and a Master in Applied Mathematics from Université Paul Sabatier and a Master in Engineering from INSA Toulouse. His 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. Bastien is now working at Intel.

PhD students

Lydia Lawand Lydia Lawand

Lydia has a Bachelor and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Her doctoral research topic considered lifecycle cost modeling for analysis and design optimization of additively remanufactured aerospace engine components.
Khalil Alhandawi Khalil Alhandawi

Khalil developed set-based optimization methods for integrating remanufacturing decisions in the design process with emphasis on aeroengine applications. He is now a postdoctoral fellow in our lab.
Ahmed Bayoumy Ahmed Bayoumy

In his PhD research work, Ahmed developed multi-fidelity model management methods for single- and multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) as well as time-dependent MDO problems. He was a postdoctoral fellow in our lab for a few months before joining Siemens DIS.
Ibrahim Chamseddine Ibrahim Chamseddine

Ibrahim's thesis title was "Utilizing Computational Design Optimization in Cancer Nanotherapy and Biology System Principles in Air Transportation: A Successful Demonstration of Interdisciplinary Research," which won the 2018 GERAD Best PhD thesis award. He is now a Research Fellow at Harvard University / Massachussetts General Hospital after a postdoctoral research stay at Moffit Cancer Research Center.
Cassio Goncalves Cássio Gonçalves

Cássio's thesis title was "Value-driven Methods for Product-Service Systems Design with Focus on the Aviation Industry." He is now Managing Director at Digex, the largest aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) company in Brazil.

MSc (former MEng-thesis) students

Yuxiao Liu Yuxiao Liu

Yuxiao completed his MSc in August 2023 and now works at CAE. He has a BEng (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering at McGill. Before his graduate studies, he was also an undergraduate research assistant in our lab.
Lucas Crea Can Unlusoy

Can completed his MSc in May 2023 on the topic of generative design of turbine blades and is now working at Siemens Energy. He also holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Lassonde School of Engineering in York University.
Lucas Crea Lucas Crea

Lucas completed his MSc on the topic of MDO for racing cars in December 2021 and is currently working at General Motors. His BEng is also from McGill, where he played a leadership role in the Racing (Formula) Team.
Tomas Diaz Jimenez Tomas Diaz Jimenez

Tomas completed his MEng (thesis) degree in our lab in December 2020. He also holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from McGill and was also an undergraduate research assistant in our lab.
Ali Tfaily Ali Tfaily

Ali's MEng thesis title was "Integrating Air Systems in Aircraft Multidisciplinary Design Optimization." He is now a PhD student in our lab.
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 thesis title was "Optimization of Composites Stacking Sequence Using Mesh Adaptive Direct Search."
Purnendu Prithipaul Purnendu Prithipaul (co-supervised with Prof. Pasini)

Purnendu's thesis title was "Analysis and Multi-objective Optimization of Vascular Stents Modelled as Lattices." Prior to his Masters, Purnendu completed his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at McGill.
Gautam Marwaha Gautam Marwaha

Gautam completed his McGill graduate degree in 2014, after obtaining a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Panjab University. His thesis title was "System-of-systems Approach to Air Transportation Design."

BEng students

Yuxiao Liu Yuxiao Liu
Undergraduate research assistant, 2020-2021

Yuxiao completed a BEng (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering at McGill. He worked on several programming assignments for numerical optimization.
Jing Jing "J" Han
Undergraduate research assistant, Summer 2019

Jay has a Bachelor in Architecture and completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with a minor on Management. He contributed to developing MDO methods and tools for aeroderivative gas turbines.
Joseph Carr Joseph Carr
SURE Awardee, 2015

Joe's research considered the implementation of MDO architectures in NASA's OpenMDAO framework. His SURE poster presentation won an award.
Benjamin Thomsen Benjamin Thomsen
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) Awardee, 2014
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.
Spencer Boone Spencer Boone
SURE Awardee, 2013

Spencer's research for the SURE program involved a system-of-systems optimization approach to air transportation design.
Karuna Karuna Kadam
Undergraduate research assistant, 2013

Karuna's research interests included 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 Faculty

Francois Cluzel François Cluzel
April - October 2017

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 investigated the application of optimization models to innovation engineering.
Nikos Lagaros Nikos Lagaros
Fall 2013

Associate Professor and Dean, 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.

Visiting postdoctoral scholars

Maria Matheou Maria Matheou (main supervisor: Prof. M.C. Phocas)
April - August 2018

Maria holds a B.Sc. in Architecture, a Diploma of Architect–Engineer, and a Ph.D. in Architecture, all from the University of Cyprus. Her postdoctoral research at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus focuses on motion planning, simulation and experimental study of a kinetic hybrid structure. Her research interests are in the areas of structural and architectural design, kinetic architecture, automation systems, design methods and digital tools.

Visiting graduate students

Tatiana Pogarskaia Tatiana Pogarskaia (main supervisor: Prof. S. Lupuleac)
October - December 2017

Tatiana was a PhD student in Applied Mathematics at Peter The Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia. Her doctoral research was in the broad area of derivative-free optimization for aircraft assembly.
Alexandre Bekhradi Alexandre Bekhradi (main supervisor: Prof. B. Yannou)
April - October 2017

Alexandre was a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at CentraleSupélec (Paris, France) in partnership with the Economic Development Department of the City of Paris. His research area was innovation engineering, aiming at providing optimal technological and marketing roadmaps to innovative firms by rigorously planning their R&D and experimentations activities.
Mariia Stefanova Mariia Stefanova (main supervisor: Prof. S. Lupuleac)
July - September 2015

Mariia was a Master's student in Applied Mathematics at Peter The Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia. Her research during her visit considered the improvement of an interior point algorithm for optimizing the assembly of wings on fuselages.
Robin Tournemenne Robin Tournemenne (main supervisor: Prof. J.F. Petiot)
May - July 2015

Robin was a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at 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.