Daniel McAdams

Robert H. Fletcher Professor

Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs

Dan McAdams

Office: MEOB 411
Phone: 979.862.7834
Fax: 979.845.3081
Email: dmcadams@tamu.edu

Google Scholar Profile

Research Interests

Design theory and methodology with specific focus on functional modeling; innovation in concept synthesis including computational methods; bio-inspired design methods; design for disability, and technology evolution as applied to product and system design.

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award; Texas A&M Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2016-2017 Herbert H. Richardson Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2015 Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award
  • 2014-2015 Dwight Look College of Engineering Dean’s Fellow
  • 2012 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal Design Studies


  • Ph. D. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1994
  • B.S.M.E. The University of Texas at Austin, 1992

Selected Publications

Nasra Al-Maskari, Daniel A. McAdams and Junuthula Reddy, “Modeling of a Biological Material Nacre: Waviness Stiffness Model,” Materials Science and Engineering C, Volume 70, Part 1, 1 January 2017, Pages 772–776.

Sooyeon Lee, Daniel A. McAdams, and Elissa Morris, “Categorizing Biological Information Based on Function-Morphology for Bioinspired Conceptual Design,” Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, pp. 1–17. December 2016, doi: 10.1017/S0890060416000500.

Chaoqun Zhang, Daniel A. McAdams, Jaime C. Grunlan, “Nano/micro-manufacturing of Bioinspired Hybrid Materials: A Review of Methods to Mimic Natural Structures,” Advanced Materials, May 2016.

Wei Lei and Daniel A. McAdams, “Designing Optimal Origami Structures by Computational Evolutionary Embryogeny,” The ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 2015, Vol. 15, No 1, pp. 011010-1 – 011010-11.

Shraddha Sangelkar and Daniel A. McAdams, “Mining Functional Model Graphs to Find Product Design Heuristics with Inclusive Design Illustration,” The ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 2013 Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 041008-1 - 041008-11.