Malak wins best paper award as ASME conference

Photo of Dr. Richard MalakDr. Richard Malak, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the 2011 Robert E. Fulton Best Paper Award at a recent conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Malak and his former graduate student Robert Parker won the award for their paper, "Technology Characterization Models and Their Use in Designing Complex Systems." The award was given by the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering at the 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-31.

Malak joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in August 2009. His research interest is to discover new principles, methods and tools for systems modeling and decision making. Malak says that advances in these areas can have a broad impact on society by helping systems designers to find better solutions to their problems, such as enhanced performance, higher efficiency and lower environmental impact.

Areas of interest include predictive modeling, multiattribute decision making, data-driven design evaluation and synthesis, model validation, set-based design, decision making under uncertainty, cyber-physical systems, and computational thinking applied to design processes. Applications of interest include most complex systems. Recent examples include hybrid vehicles, fluid power systems, and green buildings.

Malak earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Stony Brook University; master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.