Faculty Profile

Steven Joseph D'Urso

Steven Joseph D'Urso
Steven Joseph D'Urso

Primary Research Area

  • Aerospace Systems Design and Simulation


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1978.
  • M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1989.

Academic Positions

  • Instructor, McDonnell Aircraft Co.- McDonnell Douglas Corp., Aircraft, Configuration Design, Unigraphics I & II 3-D Design, Design of Manufacturabiltiy- August 1989-May 1996

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Other Professional Employment

  • Design Engineer ￿ Structural/Mechanical - Boeing 1978-1980
  • Senior Technical Specialist- McDonnell Aircraft/McDonnell Douglas 1980 -1997
  • Senior Principle Engineer ￿ Boeing 1997- 2001
  • Senior Systems Engineer/Manager - Boeing 2001￿2011

Research Statement

My interests are focused on early system definition and synthesis. New methods of objective analysis, operational analysis, system modeling, functional analysis, interface identification, derivation and evaluate systems requirements leading to system synthesis. Additionally my interests include functional allocation and identifying inverse methods to satisfy ￿design ￿to￿ requirements through the life cycle. Methods of verification using of analysis, simulation, and testing are also of interest.

Research Interests

  • Complex Systems Definition
  • Aerospace Systems Design
  • Aerospace Systems Engineering

Selected Articles in Journals

  • D￿Urso, S.J., ￿A Systems Approach to Conceptual Design,￿ AIAA Design and Integration Conference - Irvine Ca. Presentation Only - AIAA Aircraft Design Systems Conference 1996
  • Sivier, K. R., D￿Urso, S.J., ￿Taguchi Sizing Experiments In a Capstone Aircraft Design Course,￿ ICAS -94-1.8.5, Presented at the ICAS & AIAA Aircraft Systems Conference 1994
  • Kivett E., D￿Urso, S.J., ￿Supportability Integration Into the Configuration Design￿ McAir-Product Support Digest, Volume 39, Number 1, 1992
  • D￿Urso, S.J., Fannin, H. W., Mace, J., ￿Integration of Supportability Elements Into the Conceptual Design Process￿ - AIAA 92-1194 Presented at AIAA Aircraft Design Systems Conference 1992
  • D￿Urso, S.J., Sivier, K. R., ￿An Example of Industrial Interaction With An Undergraduate Aircraft Design Program￿ - AIAA 91-3116, Presented at AIAA Aircraft Design Systems and Operation Meeting, Sept. 1991
  • D￿Urso, S.J., ￿Configuring Tactical Aircraft￿ - AIAA 90-3305, Presented at AIAA Aircraft Design Systems Conference 1990

Other Honors

  • Leadership Award (2007)
  • Performance Awards (2000, 2003)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998)
  • Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award (1994)
  • Leadership Award (1992)
  • Teammate of Distinction (1991)