Malavé named SEC Academic Leadership Fellow

Photo of Dr. Cesar MalaveDr. César Malavé, Mike and Sugar Barnes Department Head Chair in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was among four Texas A&M University faculty members with academic leadership roles named as 2012-13 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. 

Malavé, head of the Department of Industrial and System Engineering, joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1987, and has held several administrative positions, including associate dean of engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He also served as the coordinator of academic support activities for the engineering program at the branch campus in Doha, Qatar.

Malavé’s research and educational interests are in the areas of cost modeling for manufacturing and production systems, development of models for student success and for improving undergraduate engineering education. His academic and research projects have received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the state of Texas, CONACyT, Westinghouse and the GE Foundation.

He is the author of numerous publications and the co-author of the recently published book Global Engineering — Design, Decision Making and Communication. Malave is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education.

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has two components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants.  

“This Academic Leadership Development Program is yet another manifestation of the benefits of Texas A&M being a member of the SEC,” said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. “It’s a clear demonstration of the conference’s commitment to academics, and I congratulate Drs. Benedik, Lupiani, Malavé and Werner for being selected as Texas A&M’s first fellows in this innovative program.”

This year’s workshops were held Oct. 15-17 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a second workshop Feb. 6-8 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

“The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is a valuable opportunity for faculty and administrators at Southeastern Conference universities to study a wide range of topics in higher education from the leader’s perspective,” said Torie Johnson, SECU executive director. “We trust that the skills, techniques and knowledge they acquire this year will help prepare them for high-level service in academia.” 

A total of 46 faculty and administrators from Southeastern Conference universities were selected as SEC academic fellows.

Using its SECU academic initiative, the SEC sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities. The SEC also provides an online platform to showcase achievements of these individuals on regional, national and international levels.

The SEC ALDP, established in 2008, fosters academic leadership among SEC faculty by allowing them the unique opportunity to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities.