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Professor Ali Elham

Professor Ali Elham

Professor of Design Optimisation

Research interests

  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation; 
  • Topology Optimisation;
  • Aircraft Design;

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Address: Boldrewood Campus, Burgess Road, SO16 7QF (View in Google Maps)


Ali Elham is Professor of Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Ali received his Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology in 2013 on Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation of Lifting Surfaces. Before starting his position at the University of Southampton in January 2022, he was Professor of Aircraft Conceptual Design and Director of the Institute of Aircraft Design and Lightweight Structures at TU Braunschweig, Germany. Ali’s research interest and focus include developing and applying multidisciplinary design optimization techniques to support the design of the next generation of transport aircraft towards zero-emission. His current research activities include the design of novel aircraft configurations, electric/hybrid-electric as well as hydrogen-powered aircraft design, coupled-adjoint aerostructural optimization, and multiphysics topology optimization. He is also actively developing computational methods for aerodynamic and structural analysis and optimization to support aerospace vehicle design.

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