Graduate Research Assistants (Multiple Available Funded Positions, Fall 2022) [pdf]


The Structures and Design Optimization Laboratory (SDOLab) at Oklahoma State University ( has multiple fully funded graduate student positions (PhD or Master in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) in aerospace structures and system design of advanced vehicles. The expected enrolled time is Fall 2022. Successful candidates will be supported through waived tuition and monthly stipend.

1) Structure Design Analysis, Fabrication and Test

The successful candidate will be responsible for (a) multiscale modeling, computational design analysis of advanced structure concepts, such as composite tow-steered stiffened laminates, additive manufacturing structures, (b) fabricating test coupon using facilities available in SDOLab, conducting tensile/compressive/shear tests and simulation/experimental data correlation (preparing ASTM test specimens, performing ASTM mechanical tests, post processing and reporting results), and (c) rapid computation of responses of interest for the advanced structures considering progressive failure analysis, plastic strain effect, temperature dependent material properties, etc.

2) System Design Optimization

The successful candidate will be responsible in developing efficient design analysis approaches for advanced vehicle design including but are not limited to (a) uncertainty propagation of advanced structure and material on vehicle design (b) design optimization architectures and algorithms for complex optimization problems, (c) non-convex optimization problem using integer programming, etc. and (d) multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimization (coupling among structures, aerodynamics, control, propulsion, etc.)


  • Bachelor degree in Engineering Mechanics, Civil/Mechanical/Aerospace engineering or related field (required)

  • Good knowledge in semi-analytical method or/and numerical analysis, such as finite element method, meshless method, etc.,

  • Fundamentals in one of composite structures, solid mechanics, numerical optimization techniques, airplane design (optional)

  • Candidate with experiences in composite structure fabrication preferred

  • Master degree in STEM preferred

Application Materials (additional material may be required, please check the following application link):

  • Transcripts from institutions from which a completed degree has been conferred

  • Statement of personal goals and objectives

  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s abilities, interest, motivation, etc.

  • Copy of latest resume

How to apply:

  • Main application portal from the Graduate College

  • Here’s the link to MAE’s Graduate Admissions website that covers admission requirements/process/deadlines/etc

  • The main Graduate College website is


Email: wzhao(at)

Tel: +01(405)744-6446

Address: 201 General Academic Building, Stillwater, OK 74078

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