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Eli Livne

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Boeing Endowed Professor
Aeronautics & Astronautics


Professor Livne holds B.Sc. (1974) and M.Sc. (1982) degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. (1990) in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a high-school teaching credential in technology education from the Technion's Department of Education in Technology and Science (1974). After obtaining his undergraduate degrees he served in the Israeli Air Force in research and development roles, eventually founding its aeroelasticity / structural dynamic section. After graduating UCLA Prof. Livne joined the faculty of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington in 1990.

Over the course of his academic career, Prof. Livne has continued extensive collaboration with both industry and defense organizations. Highlights of these collaborations include structural and aeroelastic optimization and lightweight airframe design with Boeing Commercial Aircraft, membership on the NASA-Boeing High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) Aeroelastic Concept Evaluation Team and the Boeing HSCT Aeroservoelastic working group, and contributions to industry / government wind tunnel aeroelastic tests of highly nonlinear flight vehicle configurations.

Prof. Livne headed the airplane design education program at the University of Washington for many years and continues to teach airplane design and carry out research in this area.. His accomplishments have been recognized by an ASME/Boeing Structures & Materials Award (1998), NSF National Young Investigator Award, and earlier the Josephine de Karman Fellowship. With expertise in aeroelasticty, aeroservoelasticity, multidisciplinary flight vehicle optimization, aircraft design, aerospace structures, structural optimization, and structural dynamics, Professor Livne's research has been funded by NASA, the FAA, AFOSR, ONR, NSF, and by Boeing. He was an associate editor for the AIAA Journal and a guest editor for a Journal of Aircraft special section on MDO. He was one of the launch section editors for the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering and has published about a hundred journal and conference papers. Professor Livne was the Editor-in-Chief (2011-2022) of the AIAA's (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Journal of Aircraft. He is a Fellow of the AIAA.

Professor Livne is the recipient of the AIAA Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity for 2021 "For carrying out foundational works for aeroservoelastic optimization; leadership in maturing active flutter suppression to practice, and for major contributions to dissemination of aeroelastic knowledge."

In 2022 he received the Innovation in Aeronautics Award from the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) for "Seminal contributions to the theory and practice of Aeroservoelasticity in the context of aircraft Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, and pioneering work towards the maturation of active flutter suppression technology". His survey and vision talk on these subjects can be found at:


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.Sc., Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
  • B.Sc., Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Select publications

  1. Livne, E, “Aircraft Active Flutter Suppression: State of the Art and Technology Maturation Needs”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 55, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2018, pp. 410-452, doi: 10.2514/1.C034442
  2. Wu, S., and Livne, E., "Probabilistic Aeroservoelastic Reliability Assessment Considering Control System Component Uncertainty”, AIAA Journal, 2016, Vol.54, pp. 2507-2520, doi: 10.2514/1.J054824
  3. Chen, P.C., Zhang, Z., and Livne, E., "Design Oriented Computational Fluid Dynamics Based Unsteady Aerodynamics for Flight Vehicle Shape Optimization", AIAA Journal, 2015, Vol. 53, No. 12, pp. 3603-3619. doi: 10.2514/1.J054024
  4. Jackson, T., and Livne, E., "Integrated Aeroservoelastic Design Optimization of Actively-Controlled Strain-Actuated Flight Vehicles", AIAA Journal, 2014, volume 52, No. 6, pp. 1105-1123, doi: 10.2514/1.J05094
  5. Styuart, A., Livne, E., Demasi, L., and Mor, M., “Flutter Risk Assessment for Damage Tolerant Composite Aircraft Structures”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 3, March 2011, pp. 655-669, doi: 10.2514/1.J050862
  6. Bhatia, M., and Livne, E., “Design-Oriented Thermostructural Analysis with External & Internal Radiation. Part 2: Transient Response”, AIAA Journal, 2009, vol. 47, May, No. 5, pp. 1228-1240. doi: 10.2514/1.40265
  7. Demasi, L., and Livne, E., "Aeroelastic Coupling of Geometrically Nonlinear Structures and Linear Unsteady Aerodynamics: Two Formulations", Journal of Fluids and Structures, Volume 25, Issue 5, July 2009, Pages 918-935.
  8. Bhatia, M., and Livne, E., “Shape Sensitivities of Thermoelastic Structures with Internal and External Radiation, Part I – Steady State”, AIAA Journal, 2008, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 578-590, doi: 10.2514/1.26236
  9. Mor, M., and Livne, E., “Minimum State Unsteady Aerodynamic Shape Sensitivities Using Sensitivity of Optimal Solutions to Problem Parameters”, AIAA Journal, 2007, Vol. 45, No. 9, pp. 2187-2195, doi: 10.2514/1.24480
  10. Chen, P.C., Liu, D.D., and Livne, E., “Unsteady Aerodynamic Shape Sensitivities for Airplane Aeroservoelastic Configuration Optimization”,Journal of Aircraft, vol.43, no.2, 2006, pp. 471-481, doi: 10.2514/1.10007
  11. Jackson, T., and Livne, E., “Design-Oriented Structural Model Order Reduction for Strain-Actuated Flight Vehicle Structures”, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Journal of Aircraft, vol.43, no.1, 2006, pp. 182-188, doi: 10.2514/1.12889
  12. Mor, M., and Livne, E., “Minimum-State Unsteady Aerodynamics for Aeroservoelastic Configuration Shape Optimization of Flight Vehicles”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 43, No. 11, November 2005, pp. 2299-2308, doi: 10.2514/1.10005.
  13. Engelsen, F., and Livne, E., “Mode Acceleration Based Random Gust Stresses in Aeroservoelastic Optimization”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 41, No. 2, March-April 2004, pp. 335-347, doi: 10.2514/1.9329
  14. Engelsen, F., and Livne, E., “Quadratic Stress Failure Constraints for Structures under Combined Steady and Random Excitation”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1, January 2004, pp. 132-140, doi: 10.2514/1.9037
  15. Livne, E., “Future of Airplane Aeroelasticity”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 40, No. 6, November-December 2003, pp. 1066-1092, 10.2514/2.7218
  16. Livne, E., and Weisshaar, T.A., “Aeroelasticity of Nonconventional Airplane Configurations – Past and Future”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 40, No. 6, November-December 2003, pp. 1047-1065, doi: 10.2514/2.7217
  17. Livne, E., and Blando, G.D., “Structural Dynamics Frequency Response Using Combined Direct and Adjoint Reduced-Order Approximations”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 41, No. 7, July 2003, pp. 1377-1385, doi: 10.2514/2.2084
  18. Shin, Y. and Livne, E., “Finite Element-Based Analytic Shape Sensitivities of Local and Global Airframe Buckling Constraints”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 36, No. 4, July-August 1999, pp. 697-709, doi: 10.2514/2.2493
  19. Livne, E., “Integrated Aeroservoelastic Optimization: Status and Progress”, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 36, No. 1, January-February 1999, pp. 122-145, doi: 10.2514/2.2419
  20. Livne, E., and Li, W-L., "Aeroservoelastic Aspects of Wing / Control Surface Planform Shape Optimization", AIAA Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, February 1995, pp. 302-311, doi: 10.2514/3.12482
  21. Li, W-L., and Livne, E., “Analytic Sensitivities and Approximations in Supersonic and Subsonic Wing / Control Surface Unsteady Aerodynamics”,Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 370-379, May-June 1997, doi: 10.2514/2.2179
  22. Livne, E., Schmit, L.A., and Friedmann, P.P., "Integrated Structure/Control/Aerodynamic Synthesis of Actively Controlled Composite Wings,", Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 30, No. 3, May-June 1993, pp. 387-394, doi: 10.2514/3.46347.
  23. Livne, E., Schmit, L.A., and Friedmann, P.P., "Exploratory Design Studies of Actively Controlled Wings using Integrated Multidisciplinary Synthesis ," AIAA Journal, Vol. 30, No. 5, May 1992, pp. 1171-1179, doi: 10.2514/3.11047 and doi: 10.2514/3.48942
  24. Livne, E., Schmit, L.A., and Friedmann, P.P., "Towards an Integrated Approach to the Optimum Design of Actively Controlled Composite Wings," Journal of Aircraft special issue on Multidisciplinary Optimization of Aeronautical Systems, Vol. 27, No. 12, December 1990, pp. 979-992, doi: 10.2514/3.45972
  25. Marchetti, L., Toffol, F., De-Gaspari, A,, Fonte, F., Riccobene, L., Ricci, S., Mantegazza, P., Berg, J., Livne, E., and Morgansen, K., “The Development of a Wind Tunnel System for Active Flutter Suppression Research: Overview and Insights”, AIAA Journal, 2022,, Vol. 60, No. 12, pp. pp. 6692–6714, doi: 10.2514/1.J061985
  26. Stefanovic, M., and Livne., E., “Structural Design Synthesis of Aircraft Engine Pylons at Certification Level of Detail”, Journal of Aircraft, July-August 2021, Vol. 58, No.4, pp. 935-949, doi: 10.2514/1.C035953

Honors & awards

  • 2021 AIAA’s Holt Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity
  • 2022 International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) Award for Innovation in Aeronautics
  • 1998 ASME/Boeing Structures & Materials Award - SDM Conference 1997
  • 2015 AIAA Fellow