Charles A. Mader

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist


François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building 1320 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140

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Dr. Mader is a Research Investigator at the University of Michigan, where he has been a member of the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory in various capacities for over a decade. His research has focused on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization technologies, including the development of conceptual design MDO tools, extending the scope of High-fidelity MDO problems to include stability and control characteristics, mission analysis and engine performance. He has also worked extensively with adjoint methods and automatic differentiation.


Post-doctoral Research Fellow – 2014-2015
Research Investigator – 2015 – present


  • University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
    • PhD Aerospace Science and Engineering ‘12
    • M.A.Sc Aerospace Science and Engineering ‘07
  • Dalhousie University
    • B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering ‘05

Research Interests

  • Design optimization
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Conceptual aircraft design
  • Aerostructural analysis and optimization
  • Aeropropulsive analysis and optimization

Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Engineers Nova Scotia


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, 2008-2010
  • AIAA Best Paper Award, September 2008, for  “ADjoint: an Approach for Rapid Development of Discrete Adjoint Solvers”, September 2006
  • Etkin Medal (UTIAS), 2008
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2007
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters, 2005
  • Dalhousie University Avery Prize, 2005
  • University Medal In Mechanical Engineering, 2005
  • Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering Gold Medal, 2005

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