• Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Career Development Professor I
Richard Malak

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008.
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005.
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000.
  • B.E., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University, 1998.

Research Interests

  • Computational methods (including optimization, machine learning, AI) for supporting engineering systems design; decision making in systems engineering; design and systems engineering theory; applications to materials design, smart structures, and complex engineered systems.

Awards & Honors

  • Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Faculty Fellow, 2017-present
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Young Faculty Fellow Award, 2014
  • Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow I in Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • Engineering Genesis Award for Multidisciplinary Research, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University. Given in recognition of success in leading large-scale multidisciplinary research projects at Texas A&M, 2014
  • Peggy L. and Charles L. Brittan ’65 Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013

Selected Publications

  • Vermillion, S. and Malak, R. (2020) “An Investigation on Requirement and Objective Allocation Strategies using a Principal-Agent Model” Systems Engineering. 23(1). DOI: 10.1002/sys.21511.
  • Eliseeva, O.V., Kirk, T., Samimi, P., Malak, R., Arroyave, R., Elwany, A. and Karaman, I (2019) “Functionally Graded Materials Through Robotics-Inspired Path Planning” Materials and Design. 182(15)
  • Kirk, T., Galvan, E., Malak, R. and Arroyave, R. (2018) “Computational Design of Gradient Paths in Additively Manufactured Functionally Graded Materials” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. 140(11).
  • Hartl, D., Galvan, E., Malak, R. and Baur, J. (2016) “Parameterized Design Optimization of a Magnetohydrodynamic Liquid Metal Active Cooling Concept” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. 138(3) 031402-031402-11. DOI: 10.1115/1.4032268.
  • Peraza-Hernandez, E., Hartl, D., Malak, R.J., and Lagoudas, D. (2014) “Origami Inspired Active Structures: A Synthesis and Review,” Smart Materials and Structures. 23(9) 094001.