• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Robert H. Fletcher Professor
  • Associate Department Head of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Mechanical Engineering
Daniel A. McAdams

Educational Background

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

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

  • 2020 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award
  • 2018 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Individual Student Relations.
  • 2018 Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures, Ventura, CA, January 2018.
  • 2017 Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference for “Guanglu Zhang, Daniel A. McAdams, Milad Mohammadi Darani, Venkatesh Shankar, “Product Performance Evolution Prediction by Lotka-Volterra Equations,” 2017 ASME IDETC/CIE Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, DETC2017-67369.
  • 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 Herbert H. Richardson Faculty Fellow 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

Selected Publications

  • Guanglu Zhang, Douglas Allaire, Daniel A. McAdams, and Venkatesh Shankar, "Generating Technology Evolution Prediction Intervals Using a Bootstrap Method," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol 141, No. 6, January 31, 2019, 9 pages, Paper No: MD-18-1341; doi: 10.1115/1.4041860
  • Devesh Bhasin, Daniel A. McAdams, "The Characterization of Biological Organization, Abstraction, and Novelty in Biomimetic Design", Designs, Vol. 2, No. 54, December 2018, article 4.
  • Jonel Ortiz, Guanglu Zhang, and Daniel A. McAdams, "A Model for the Design of a Pomelo Peel Bioinspired Foam," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 2018; 140(11):114501. doi:10.1115/1.4040911.
  • Kyle Baylis, Daniel A. McAdams and Guanglu Zhang, “Product Family Platform Selection Using a Pareto Front of Maximum Commonality and Strategic Modularity,” Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 29, issue 4, October 2018, pp. 547-563, DOI 10.1007/s00163-018-0288-5.
  • Nasra Al-Maskari, Daniel A. McAdams and J. N. Reddy, “Modeling of a Biological Material Nacre: Waviness Toughness Model,” Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, January 2018, DOI: 10.1080/15376494.2017.1410916