Elizabeth Qian

Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech

I will be a co-advisor for an open PhD position (job ad here) at the Technical University of Munich on model reduction for structural reliability analysis/rare event estimation. The position is based at TUM with planned extended visits to Georgia Tech. Applications will be reviewed starting Sept 18 2023 for a start date later this fall. 

I'm an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech in the Schools of Aerospace Engineering and Computational Science and Engineering. My research develops mathematical and computational methods that enable engineers to make better design decisions faster. My specialties are model reduction, data-driven modeling, scientific machine learning, and multi-fidelity methods. You can learn more on my research page.

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, I held a von Kármán Instructorship at Caltech in the Department of Computing + Mathematical Sciences. I received my SB, SM, and PhD degrees from the MIT Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. My research has been funded in parts by a Fulbright student grant, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Hertz Foundation Fellowship

I am excited about mentoring and teaching the next generation of aerospace engineers and computational scientists, and I work to make my professional communities more equitable, diverse, and inclusive for generations to come. My service and mentoring contributions at Caltech were recognized with the departmental and division-wide DEI awards, and I also received an institute-wide teaching award from the Associated Students of Caltech (ASCIT).

Upcoming talks & activities

October 2023: I will give the Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar at Georgia Tech on October 2.

January 2024: PhD student Tomoki Koike will present a paper at AIAA SciTech in session MDO-08: Metamodeling, Reduced Order Models, and Approximation Methods I. I will chair this session as well as MDO-09: Machine Learning and Optimization.

Recent news

September 2023: I have been awarded a Hans Fischer Fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The fellowship will support a research collaboration with TUM researchers on reduced modeling for structural reliability analysis.

I was honored to be one of 81 early career engineers selected for the Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium in Boulder, Colorado, September 10-13. 

August 2023: Welcome to new PhD students Dayoung Kang and Pavlos Stavrinides, and to new undergraduate researcher Jaffa Heryudono!

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