Wing Design and Optimization

Design and Optimize a wing using modern open-source software.

You CAN do this.
The live-session format is insanely effective.

About the class

This is an 8-week course that covers the basics of wing aerodynamic design and optimization. We start with some simple wing modeling software and visualization. Then we'll look at how planform and twist affect the lift distribution. You'll learn to link the aerodynamic software to Python for optimization. During the course, you will design your own flying-wing aircraft, and through the process, learn about best practices for aerodynamic optimization including considerations such as trim, stability, structures, and more.

This class is ideal for

What will you learn?

Class Structure

The course is taught in a flipped classroom setting, which means you'll watch about 2 hours of lecture outside of class each week, and then come to class to work with us on your own designs. We'll guide you through the process in a very interactive atmosphere. In addition to learning these concepts, you'll meet incredible people who have similar interests and make life-long friendships. We'll be there every step of the way, answering questions and supporting you on this exciting journey!


In order to be successful in this course, you will need the following:

In this course we use intuitive computing software for aerodynamic design and analysis. Nothing to be afraid of in terms of complexity or math intensity.

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