17–21 June 2019
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

Courses and Workshops


Stay at the top of your game with AIAA's continuing education offerings. You will leave with invaluable improvements and solutions that you can put to immediate use.  

Designing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (NEW 2-Day Course)

15-16 June 2019, 0800-1700 hrs

This 2-day course will provide a comprehensive treatment of the major disciplines that drive unmanned aircraft design. The class closely follows the book, Designing Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A Comprehensive Approach, which is included with registration. It investigates all elements of the design process, including architectural options and design drivers across diverse system classes. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of the end-to-end unmanned aircraft system and a deeper appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of UAS design. In addition to covering traditional aircraft design disciplines, the instruction will explore other disciplines that are important to UAS design such as launch and recovery systems, communication systems, payloads, and ground systems. Attendees will gain an understanding of the wide range of UAS ranging from micro air vehicles to large high-altitude systems. More Details.  

Hypersonic Flight: Propulsion Requirements and Vehicle Design (NEW 2-Day Course)

15-16 June 2019, 0800-1700 hrs
Development of hypersonic air-breathing propulsion (HAP) is crucial to extend the flight regime of aircraft, and to develop revolutionary reliable, affordable, routine Earth-to-orbit spacecraft. The performance advantages of HAP vehicles are dependent upon advances in current state-of-the-art technologies in many areas such as ram/scramjet/rocket propulsion integration, high temperature materials, thermal protection systems, and overall vehicle control. Moreover, the complex interactions between elements of a HAP vehicle represent a new paradigm in vehicle synthesis to achieve the optimal performance necessary to meet aerospace mission objectives. This course provides the technical background in hypersonics and highlights the vehicle design methodology required to achieve the mission objectives of hypersonic flight. More Details.

OpenFOAM® Foundations: The open source CFD toolbox (2-Day Course)

15-16 June 2019, 0800-1700 hrs
This course introduces the open source CFD toolbox, OpenFOAM. It provides a foundation for all aspects of OpenFOAM, from setting cases to parallel post-processing and best practices, so is useful to both new users and existing users wishing to broaden their basic knowledge of OpenFOAM. More Details.

Practical Design Methods for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Flight Control for Manned and UAV Applications with Hands-on Training using CONDUIT® (2-Day Course) 

15-16 June 2019, 0800-1730 hrs
The course will be a combination of lectures, interspersed with associated hands-on lab exercises (aircraft and rotorcraft) to be completed by the students on their own computers using the standalone version of CONDUIT® that is also provided with the book. While our design approach is based on multi-objective parametric optimization, we intend that course attendees who use a different design method will still find the course a useful and comprehensive presentation of well validated flight-control principles and rules of thumb. This course should challenge the practicing engineer to consider where their flight-control processes can be improved or augmented. The many examples from recent manned and UAV aircraft programs illustrate the effectiveness of this technology for rapidly solving difficult integration problems. Also, while we make reference the basic tenants of feedback control theory, our focus in this course is on reducing the theoretical methods of aircraft and rotorcraft flight control to design practice for students and working-level engineers. More Details.

Course reference is the “Practical Methods for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Flight Control Design: An Optimization Based Approach” (AIAA, 2017) which is included with the course registration. 

Principles of Electric VTOL (NEW 1-Day Course)

16 June 2019, 0800-1700 hrs
Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft – or eVTOL – are aircraft propelled by electric power and capable of carrying people. The objective of this short course is to introduce these technologies and barriers. It will cover: aeromechanics of prop rotors (including coaxial and ducted rotors), advanced batteries (Li –ion and –Sulfur), hydrogen PEM fuel cells, permanent magnet machines, engine-generator hybrid drives, eVTOL performance in trim and transient flight, and eVTOL sizing. A simplified multi-rotor VTOL aircraft will be designed and analyzed in class, progressively, as an illustrative example. More Details.   

Workshop for Integrated Propeller Prediction (NEW 1-Day Workshop)

16 June 2019, 0800-1700 hrs 
To validate the aerodynamic efficiency benefits of wing tip mounted propellers and the ability of CFD to accurately predict them using powered low speed wind tunnel test data on a generic configuration representative of the X-57.  More Details.

Workshop for Multifidelity Modeling in Support of Design and Uncertainty Quantification (NEW 1-Day Workshop)

16 June 2019, 0800-1700 hrs 
The Multifidelity Modeling (MFM) Workshop, organized by the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee, will:

  • Provide a series of tutorials aimed at dissemination of recent developments in multifidelity methods to the MDO and simulation-based design practitioner community
  • Bring together academic, government and industry experts to highlight success stories in multifidelity design and uncertainty quantification
  • Provide a series of short research talks to highlight new and exciting research directions in multifidelity modeling
  • Provide a forum for active discussion of challenges and opportunities, and for identifying new collaborations
  • More Details


Please contact Jason Cole if you have any questions about courses and workshops at AIAA forums.

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 14 May 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 27 May 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 27 May 2019

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