MAE postdoctoral fellow Dr. Dajung KIM received the Anita Conti Sustainable Innovation Fellowship Program 2023

MAE postdoctoral fellow (2022 PhD in Mechanical Engineering) Dr. Dajung KIM, supervised by Prof. Rhea LIEM, has been awarded the “Anita Conti Sustainable Innovation Fellowship Program 2023” by the Consulat général de France à Hong Kong et Macao, who is one of the two Anita Conti Sustainable Innovation Fellowship Program 2023 awardees for this year. 
The Anita Conti Sustainable Innovation Fellowship allows current research assistants, post-doctorates or doctoral students residing in Hong Kong and Macau from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to spend three months conducting research related to sustainability in a laboratory in France. This mobility grant is funded by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau to promote innovation for a sustainable future in the framework of the HKUST-France Memorandum of Understanding.
The research project description: 
  Project title: "Development of a multidisciplinary, operation-aware conceptual aircraft design platform to design fuel-efficient aircraft and operations" 
•    The development of optimization framework that can simultaneously optimize aircraft design and flight operations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 
•    The investigation of optimization strategies such as adaptive gradient computation techniques and feasibility specifications to reduce computational time
•    The development of a multi-objective optimization approach that can simultaneously consider economic measures (e.g., operating costs) and environmental factors (e.g., greenhouse emissions) 
Dr. Dajung KIM will spend August to October 2023 at Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) in Toulouse, France, working on her award-winning research project. This work will pave the way for a full integration of flight operational data into an aircraft design process, by means of the incorporation of a flight simulation module and machine learning techniques into the optimization framework. 
Congratulations to Dr. Dajung KIM!