• Associate Professor
  • 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

  • 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).
  • Galvan, E., Malak, R., Hartl, D, and Baur, J. (2018) “Performance Assessment of a Multi-objective Parametric Optimization Algorithm with Application to a Multi-physical Engineering System.” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. 58(2) 489-509.
  • Vermillion, S., Malak, R., Smallman, R., Becker, B., Fields, S., and Sferra, M. (2017) “An Investigation on Using Serious Gaming to Study Human Decision-making in Engineering Contexts” Design Science. vol. 3. doi:10.1017/dsj.2017.14.
  • 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.