Prabhat Hajela

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Prabhat Hajela is the Edward P. Hamilton Professor of Aerospace Engineering, He received an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and his graduate degrees from Iowa State University (MS in Aerospace Engineering) and Stanford University (MS in Mechanical Engineering & Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Hajela previously served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education. He also served as Administrative Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer.

Hajela has conducted research at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, the Eglin Air Force Armament Laboratory, and as the Boeing-A.D. Welliver Fellow in 1995. He has authored over 300 papers and articles and co-authored/edited 4 books on structural and multidisciplinary optimization. A recipient of the AIAA’s Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award in 2004, Hajela is a Fellow of AIAA, ASME, and AeSI.

Dr. Hajela is a past Vice-President of the International Society of Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization. He has also a past Chair of ASME’s Aerospace Division, an organization that serves over 10,000 ASME members with interest in Aerospace Engineering. In 2003, he served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of US Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). He worked on several legislative issues related to aerospace and telecommunications policy, including the crafting of the anti-SPAM legislation (CAN-SPAM) that was signed into law in December 2003. Hajela has served on National Academies Panels related to Aerospace and Aviation research, including the first Decadal Survey of Aeronautics and a review of Aeronautics Research Programs at NASA. He is the former Chair of the NRC Panel on Information Sciences research at the Army Research Laboratory and currently Chairs the NRC Technical Assessment Board for the Army Research Laboratory. 

Other affililations: Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering


Research focus is at the intersection of multidisciplinary system design optimization and emergent computing approaches including evolutionary computing and machine learning. The work is directed at the effective integration of knowledge from diverse domains to create efficient and computationally tractable approaches to complex system analysis and design in the presence of uncertainties. Neural networks and machine learning are important computational tools for design space exploration and decision making in such an environment. Ongoing investigations into heuristic computing techniques such as genetic algorithms and immune network modeling promise new and innovative problem-solving paradigms inspired by natural systems. These interdisciplinary approaches hold potential to drive advancements in engineering design and computational intelligence.

Primary Research Focus
Multidisciplinary System Analysis and Optimization, AI and Machine Learning, Biologically Inspired Computational Tools for Optimization, Computational Intelligence


Awards & Honors

- Iowa State University, Hall of Distinguished Alumni, 2016.

- ASME Dedicated Service Award, 2011

- Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Education,  2011

AIAA, Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award, September 2004

Congressional Fellow, ASME, June 2002

- ASME Fellow, July 2002

- AeSI Fellow (Aeronautical Society of India), February 2002

- AIAA Fellow, June 2000

- Excellent Global Educator, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 1997.

- Boeing-A.D. Welliver Fellow, The Boeing Company, February 1995.

- Lewis T. Assini Teaching and Counselling Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 1992. 

- Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Instruction, University of Florida, April 1989. 

- R.L. Bisplinghoff Memorial Teaching Award, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, April 1987. 

- Ralph R. Teetor Award for Significant Contributions in Teaching, Research and Student Development, Society of   Automotive Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, February 1987. 


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Prabhat Hajela has 153 indexed publications in the subjects of Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics.

Victor Maldonado, Luciano Castillo, Gerardo Carbajal, Prabhat Hajela
European Journal of Engineering Education
, 39
, 2014
, pp.377-390
David Greiner, Prabhat Hajela
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
, 45
, 2012
, pp.589-613
Ethiraj Venkatapathy, James Arnold, Ian Fernandez, Kenneth R. Hamm, David Kinney, Bernard Laub, Alberto Makino, Mary Kathleen McGuire, Keith Peterson, Dinesh Prabhu, Daniel Empey, Ian Dupzyk, Loc Huynh, Prabhat Hajela, Peter Gage, Austin Howard, Dana Andrews
21st AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar 2011
, 2011
Varun Sakalkar, Prabhat Hajela
Advances in Engineering Software
, 42
, 2011
, pp.1-11
Varun Sakalkar, Prabhat Hajela
13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference 2010
, 2010
Ritesh Khire, Yehia A. Bahei-El-Din, Prabhat Hajela
International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering
, 8
, 2010
, pp.69-80
Olcay Ersel Canyurt, Prabhat Hajela
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
, 40
, 2010
, pp.201-214
Varun Sakalkar, Prabhat Hajela
Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
, 2009
Varun Sakalkar, Prabhat Hajela
Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
, 2008

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