Advanced STRuctures and Optimization (ASTRO) Lab

Welcome to Advanced STRuctures and Optimization (ASTRO) Lab!

We are interested in computational problems (multi-scale modeling, optimization, uncertainty quantification, model reduction, machine learning) for different structures (metals, metallic alloys, composites) in multiple length scales ranging from micro-scale to component-level in moderate to extreme environments.

Open Positions

We have open positions for PhD students! Enthusiastic candidates with a strong background in solid mechanics are encouraged to apply (having experience in numerical techniques such as stochastic modeling and optimization is a plus). Interested students may directly contact Dr. Pınar Acar via email (


Advanced STRuctures and Optimization (ASTRO) Lab

Department of Mechanical Engineering

635 Prices Fork Road, 210 Goodwin Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24061