Carla Grobler

EducationCarla Grobler

  • B. Eng Mechanical Engineering, University of Pretoria, 2013
  • B. Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Pretoria, 2014
  • M. Eng Mechanical Engineering, University of Pretoria, 2016  (Advisors: Prof. Schalk Kok & Dr. Daniel N. Wilke)
  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021 (Advisor: Prof. Steven Barrett)

Fields: Environmental Impacts of Aviation; Numerical Modeling; Optimization

Lab Role: Research Assistant


I am from South Africa and completed my undergraduate as well as a Master’s degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. My Master’s degree focussed on Surrogate Modeling and Bayesian Optimization and was completed in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. I am currently pursuing research towards a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology focussing on the environmental aspects of aviation.

Publications and Presentations

Grobler, C, Sharifpur, M, Ghodsinezhad, H, Capitani, R, & Meyer, JP 2015, “Experimental Study on Cavity Flow Natural Convection in Porous Medium, Saturated with Al203 60% EG-40% Water Nanofluid” in 11th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Skukuza, pp. 828-832.

Presentation at International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa, Stellenbosch, 14-16 September 2015. “Parallelization of Constrained Efficient Global Optimization: An algorithm suited for aerospace optimization”