Vladimir Balabanov, Ph.D.

Vladimir Balabanov portrait

Vladimir Balabanov, Ph.D.

Systems Engineering

Biographical Information

Dr. Vladimir Balabanov has worked in the area of optimization and software development for more than 15 years. He has written more than 50 research papers on optimization methods, approximations, design theory, optimization applications, and software. Before joining Boeing Commercial Airplanes in June of 2008, for 11 years he worked for Vanderplaats Research and Development, Inc. as a research engineer and later as a Project/Product manager developing the commercial optimization software for general systems. Vladimir developed, implemented, and applied in industry optimization algorithms as well as Design of Experiments methods, response surface approximation methods, evolutionary and probabilistic optimization methods among others. Currently he works in Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Vehicle Level Analysis and Optimization group. His work is focused on developing and applying optimization techniques to improve composite structures performance. In the spare time Vladimir is actively involved in Toastmasters International, where he won several awards, including the ones at the District level. He enjoys public speaking, making presentations, and helping others to improve their presentation skills.

Areas of Interest

  • Design optimization
  • Design of experiments and response surface methods
  • Finite element analysis and optimization
  • Optimization with uncertainty
  • Software engineering and computational modeling
  • Public Speaking


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering,
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering,
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S., Applied Math and Physics,
    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology


  • Lecturer, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace      Engineering, UCCS
  • Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, UCCS
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Adjunct Faculty, DeVry University
  • Courses on Optimization and Design of Experiments in Industry

Courses Taught

  • Higher Geometry
  • System Analysis
  • Engineering Modeling & Simulation
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • Topics in Linear Algebra
  • Specialized Courses on Optimization and Design of Experiments for Industry Participants

Professional Experience

  • Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • VisualDOC Project Manager, Vanderplaats Research and Development, Inc.
  • Research Engineer, Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute


More than 50 publications in Journals and conference proceedings.


  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


  • US Patent, 2013: “Efficient Design of Shear-Deformable Hybrid Composite Structures”
  • Boeing Meritorious Invention Disclosure Award, 2013: “Finite-Element based Optimization of Composite Structures using Non-Traditional Layups.”
  • Best Poster and Exhibit of the Conference Award, Boeing Technical Excellence Conference (BTEC)-20, Lynnwood, WA, July 23-24, 2013.
  • Outstanding and Sustained Service Award of the National AIAA Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Technical Committee,  April 2013.
  • Best Paper Award at the 6th AIAA/USAF/NASA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization,  September 1996,   Bellevue, WA
  • Distinguished student scholarship,  Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia,  1987-1989


  • Technical and General Chair, international conferences
  • Session Chair, international conferences
  • Reviewer, professional journals