Brian J. German

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Educational Background

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1999, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2000, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, 2007, Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact Information

Room: Weber 313-A
Tel.: 404-385-3299
E-Mail: brian.german(at)

Research Interests

Design and Systems Engineering Methods
Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO)
Multi-objective optimization algorithms and applications
Trade space exploration
Uncertainty representation and quantification
Decision sciences in the context of design problems
Simulations of the engineering design and development process
Design Analysis Models for Aircraft Concept Studies
Configuration aerodynamics
Propulsion system performance
Aircraft performance
Synthesis of innovative air vehicle concepts
Technology portfolio studies
Case studies of historical aerospace development projects


Brian J. German is an assistant professor in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. German’s work is in the field of aerospace system design and optimization, and he is the associate director of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL). His research areas are multidisciplinary design, multi-objective optimization, and decision methods applied to air vehicle design and systems engineering. Dr. German also conducts research in aerodynamic, propulsion, subsystem, and performance models suitable for aircraft concept studies. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee. Dr. German is a recipient of the Lockheed Martin Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Professor Award from the Georgia Tech chapter of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honor Society, and the Northrop Grumman Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a former Fulbright student scholar and a recipient of the NDSEG and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Dr. German received the NSF CAREER award in 2012.