Ossama Abdelkhalik

Ossama Abdelkhalik


Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Texas A&M University
  • MS, Cairo University
  • BS, Cairo University


Dr. Abdelkhalik conducts research in the area of dynamics, control, and  global optimization with applications to spacecraft trajectory planning, wave energy converter control, data assimilation in oil reservoirs, systems design, and traffic engineering. In some applications, the design space has numerous local minima, with mixed variables (integer and real), and the number of optimization variables can be varied among different solutions to explore new regions in the design space. Global optimization methods can handle problems with mixed variables and numerous local minima, but variable-size design space optimization is yet to be explored. The research focus is on the study of global optimization methods that can handle variable-size design space problems. Other research efforts include the recursive implementation of evolutionary optimization algorithms for the sake of improving the computational efficiency in data assimilation problems.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Mechanics
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Optimization
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Dynamics and Control

Research Interests

  • Space Trajectory Optimization
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Global Optimization Methods
  • Variable-Size Design Space Optimization
  • Evolutionary Algorithms

Recent Publications

Recent Funding

  • Ossama Abdelkhalik (PI), “CPS: Breakthrough: Toward Revolutionary Algorithms for Cyber-Physical Systems Architecture Optimization”, National Science Foundation, January 2015 – January 2018.
  • Ossama Abdelkhalik (PI), “Trajectory Planning for NASA Asteroid Retrieval Mission”, ExoTerra Resource LLC, September - December 2014.
  • W. Weaver (PI), O. Abdelkhalik (Co-PI), “Advanced control and energy storage architectures for microgrids”, Sandia National Lab, May 1, 2014 – August 31, 2014
  • Ossama Abdelkhalik (PI), “Trajectory Optimization for Solar Electric Propulsion Satellites”, ExoTerra Resource LLC, September – November 2013

Teaching Experience

  • Dynamic Systems and Controls
  • Space Mechanics
  • Optimization
  • Intermediate Dynamics

Recent Research Projects

CPS: Breakthrough: Toward Revolutionary Algorithms for Cyber-Physical Systems Architecture Optimization

Principal Investigator: Ossama Abdelkhalik
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Center/Institute: Agile and Interconnected Microgrids (AIM)