Markus Peer Rumpfkeil

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Markus Peer Rumpfkeil

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Rumpfkeil received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) with his dissertation titled "Airfoil Optimization for Unsteady Flows with Application to High-Lift Noise Reduction." He also has a Diplom (similar to combined M.Sc. and B.Sc.) in Physics with a minor in

Mathematics from the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany, with his thesis “Elliptic Gauge Conditions in Numerical Relativity." His current research interests cover the broad areas of algorithm and model development in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), aerodynamic shape optimization, multi-disciplinary design optimization, uncertainty quantification, and robust design. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed journal and conference papers in these areas and has received numerous awards ranging from academic scholarships, best Ph.D. graduate at UTIAS in his year of graduation, to technical paper awards and USAF summer faculty fellowships.

Selected Publications

  • Boopathy, K., and M.P. Rumpfkeil. 2015. A unified framework for training point selection and error estimation for surrogate models. AIAA Journal 53, no. 1: 215-234.
  • Eldredge, J.D., I. Senocak, P. Dawson, J. Canino, W.W. Liou, R. LeBeau, D.L. Hitt, M.P. Rumpfkeil, and R.M. Cummings. 2014. A best practices guide to CFD education in the undergraduate curriculum. International Journal of Aerodynamics 4, no. 3/4: 200-236.
  • Narvaez, J.A., M.P. Rumpfkeil, H. Thornburg, and R.J. Wilkens. 2014. Computational modeling of a microchannel cold plate: Pressure, velocity, and temperature. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 78: 90-98.
  • Rumpfkeil, M.P. 2013. Robust design under mixed aleatory/epistemic uncertainties using gradients and surrogates. Journal of Uncertainty Analysis and Applications 1:7 (October).
  • Rumpfkeil, M.P. 2013. Optimizations under uncertainty using gradients, Hessians, and surrogate models. AIAA Journal 51, no. 2: 444-451.
  • Rumpfkeil, M.P., and D.J. Mavriplis. 2010. Efficient Hessian calculations using automatic differentiation and the adjoint method with applications. AIAA Journal 48, no. 10: 2406-2417.
  • Rumpfkeil, M.P., and D.W. Zingg. 2010. A hybrid algorithm for far-field noise minimization. Computers and Fluids 39, no. 9: 1516-1528. doi:10.1016/j.compfluid.2010.05.006
  • Rumpfkeil, M.P., and D.W. Zingg. 2010. The optimal control of unsteady flows with a discrete adjoint method. Journal of Optimization and Engineering 11, no. 1: 5-22, doi: 10.1007/s11081-008-9035-5

Courses Taught

  • Fluid Mechanics (Junior year class) every fall and spring 2010 - Present
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (Senior year / Graduate level) every spring 2011 - Present
  • Special Topics in Computational Fluid Dynamics (Graduate level) intermittent
  • Aerodynamics (Senior year / Graduate level) Summer 2011
  • Introduction to Flight (Sophomore year) every fall 2011 - Present


  • Ph.D. University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, 2008
  • Diplom Physik (M.S. and B.S. Physics), Humboldt University of Berlin, 2004

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of ICCFD (International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics)
  • Member, AIAA Technical Committee Non-Deterministic Approaches; Chair of the Awards Subcommittee
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Research Interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Deterministic PDE constrained optimization
  • Optimization under uncertainty
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization